Free and easy online tools to make song sheets with automatic chord grids | Jim Carey website | @ukegeeks | ukulizer |

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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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.