Jim Carey’s Songbooks and Song Sheets @cong_boy — Ukulele Allsorts

If you see this man – buy him a pint! Or donate on his songbook site – he deserves it! Jim Carey now has over 2,000 songs available for download from http://ozbcoz.com as: single sheets complete songbooks for Ukulele GCEA, Baritone DGBE, Guitar EADGBE and Mandolin GDAE. Jim has adapted the already very clever Ukegeeks Scriptasaurus […]

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All the Ukes4Fun Songbooks are in “Landscape” format.  If you prefer “Portrait” format, here are a couple of free, easy online tools to make song sheets for printing in portrait format:

  • both tools produce chord grids automatically
  • neither of them require you to start with “ChordPro” formatted text
  • but to make Ukes4Fun song sheets, please use these “ChordPro” files: Ukes4Fun Songsheet txt files,

Update: January 2017

Jim Carey’s Ukulele Songbook Site

Check out Jim Carey’s website. He has about 2,000 songs with ukulele chords. You can download these as a complete songbook as as individual sheets.

More relevant here, Jim has incorporated the Ukegeeks Song-A-Matic Online Editor into the site (see below). This means that you can “tweak” any of these songs before printing, e.g. transpose the key, edit the lyrics, change the chords, move the chords and so on.

http://ozbcoz.com/Songs/index.php


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How to transpose songs – tools and safety equipment

Transposing songs is not difficult but it can be dangerous.

Tools:

1) Tune vice – you can make a simple ukulele tune vice at home using a coconut shell (both halves), a bottle of whisky and a thermometer.

2) Key wrench

3) Chord hammer

4) Groove thang

Protective clothing:

1) Safety glasses (sharps can easily fly off and put someone’s eye out!)

2) Rigger boots (who hasn’t dropped a flat?)

Method:

  • Clamp song in tune vice
  • Rive at it with the key wrench and smack it hard with the chord hammer until your arms ache.
  • Nobody knows how the groove thang works. Just leave it to tease the tune for a while and see what happens.
  • If you don’t know what the thermometer is for, why are you reading this?

If you have time, you can get better results by first boiling the tune and soaking overnight (use any whisky left over from making the tune vice).

When finished and if inclined, polish with Grade A sandpaper.  You can use French Polish on classical stuff with no ill effects.

* Ukulele Tabs *

This could end in tears.  One slip of the ice pick and you will be digging them out the ceiling and carpet for decades.

The Future:  automated methods and the white heat of technology!

Chordie Hijack – Part 2 – How to “publish” your own songs using a Chordie Public Songbook

1. First, make your songsheets and upload them to the internet – see relevant section of “Chordie Hijack” described here:

chordie-hijack-how-to-use-the-chordie-renderer-to-format-and-print-your-songs

2. Next, register with Chordie if you have not already done – “It’s free and gives you a personal songbook”:
http://www.chordie.com/register.php

The “personal songbook” is the key part here. You can create as many “personal songbooks” as you like. You can make a songbook “public” in order to “publish” your songs with chord names and chord diagrams.

3. Log in to your Chordie account.

4. Go to “My Songbook” (blue navigation tab just under the Chordie logo).

5. Select “add book” at the top of the left-hand menu, next to “Songbooks”

6. Give your songbook a name. ***Do NOT leave this blank or you will not be able to edit or manage your songbook***

5. Use the “Chordie Hijack” to submit a song to the Chordie Renderer:

chordie-hijack-how-to-use-the-chordie-renderer-to-format-and-print-your-songs

6. Look down the menu on the right for “Songbook: ADD”. Change to the correct songbook if necessary, then select “ADD”.

7. Do this for at least two more songs as you need to have at least three songs in your songbook before you can “publish” it.

8. When you have finished, go back to “My Songbook”, select the songbook you want to publish and customise the settings. These settings will apply to the whole songbook. For example, specify the sort order and instrument. (If you change the instrument you need to select “Change” after you have specified the instrument).

9. Select the “publish” button next to, “Make songbook available to everybody”

10. Use the dialogue box that you see next in order to:

  • rename your songbook, if you want to rename it;
  • specify the “collection” for listing in “Public Songbooks”, eg. “Blues”, “Uke collections”;
  • write some notes to be displayed about your songbook.

If you are able to host the song online (there are multiple services, including a Google service, that will do this for free), you can use the Chordie Chordpro Renderer for formatting/printing. Try this syntax:

…just replace the my_server/directory/file with the correct address.

http://www.chordie.com/chord.pere/my_server.com/my_directory/my_file.chopro

NOTE: Your file name does not need the extension “.chopro” – it could be “.pro” or “.txt” or “.CRD” – but it must be a “plain text” file using “Chordpro” formatting.

Chordie Hijack – Part 1 – How to use the Chordie Renderer to format and print your songs

This works – I have tried it.

You need to create simple text files but use “chopro” (ChordPro) formatting – not as difficult as it sounds.

For information about Chopro (ChordPro) formatting see:

http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/Cookbook/ChordPro

and
http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/Cookbook/ChordPro-Markup

Chordie recommends that for the best results you should use the filename extension “.chopro” or “.chordpro” rather than “.txt”. Just rename your file from “songname.txt” to “songname.chopro” or “songname.chordpro”.

The info on Chordie mentions a “Google service” where you can host your files for free. If you use the filename extension “.txt” you can upload your files to Google Docs. You need to make them “public” to let the Chordie Renderer access them (I have not tried this but it should work).

If you use the filename extensions “.chopro” or “.chordpro” you CANNOT upload your file to Google Docs. However, you CAN upload them to a free Google Site, see:

http://www.google.com/sites/help/intl/en/overview.html

and
http://sites.google.com/support
/

I have tried this using Google Sites and it does work. Here is an example:
http://www.chordie.com/chord.pere/sites.google.com/site/ukesforfun/songsheets/BornToBeWild.chopro

Note: This does NOT mean that your song has been indexed by Chordie, ie. if you use the Chordie Search function you will not immediately find your song in the Chordie database. Eventually, Chordie will find your song and it will be indexed.

Next tip: How to “publish” your songs via Chordie, even if they have not been indexed by Chordie.

If you are able to host the song online (there are multiple services, including a Google service, that will do this for free), you can use the Chordie Chordpro Renderer for formatting/printing. Try this syntax:

http://www.chordie.com/chord.pere/my_server.com/my_directory/my_file.chopro

…just replace the my_server/directory/file with the correct address.

Songsheet Generator v1.5.2 for Mac and Java released – fixes problem with chord definitions

Good news – this means you can use version 1.5 for Mac and Java with the chord definitions supplied by Stewart Greenhill:

http://stewartgreenhill.com/blog/ukulele/

Info on Stewart’s blog:

Chordpro chord definitions for Ukulele

I prepare my ukulele arrangements in chordpro format, and create songbooks using Songsheet Generator. Recent versions of the software have a ukulele mode which allow four-string chords to be printed, rather than the usual six. To get this to work, check the “Ukulele mode” box under “Options -> Chords/Grids”. I put together a database of ukulele chords for use with the program. To install, just download the “chordrc” file to the same folder as the Songsheet Generator program.

On the Mac the file is named com.tenbyten.SG02.chordrc and it lives in your ~/Library/Preferences folder, where ~ is your home directory.

Quotes from www.tenbyten.com:

Songsheet Generator

A program for easily printing and displaying song sheets

Read more at www.tenbyten.com

Version 1.5 for Mac OS® X + the Java(TM) platform

Version 1.5.2; August 2010 Fixes and minor changes:

  • Fixed a problem with in-song chord definitions that appeared in version 1.5.1.

Copyright © 1995-2010,
Ten by Ten Software.
Note: the contents of this document apply only to the Mac OS X and Java platform versions of Songsheet Generator. For information about the Microsoft Windows® version, please see the Songsheet Generator web site.

GoChords New Feature – Custom Chord Builder

Great update if you want to create and store songsheets on-line:

Hi All,

We are pleased to announce an exciting new feature:

The Custom Chord Builder!

You can create your own custom chords (alternate voicings or inversions, for example) for either ukulele or guitar.

Log in and try it now »

This was the most-requested feature from our users, and we hope you enjoy it! Keep those suggestions coming!

Best wishes,
The GoChords Team

www.gochords.com

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