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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / A question about using electronic tablets


Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Jan 2nd, 2018 03:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am wondering what app.you use with your tablet to show lyrics, chords, etc.
I have heard good things about Onsong, but am curious as to your opinion. Is there something better?

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Curled up

in the fecal position
Jan 2nd, 2018 03:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have OnSong. It works great and has built-in collab features that are pretty helpful.



Say what one more time!
Jan 2nd, 2018 07:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use GuitarTapp. You can set up set lists and it has a scrolling function. Real easy to find new songs and edit them. I have been using it for years now.



Say what one more time!
Jan 2nd, 2018 07:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

And you can use it for android or IPads. And back it up with a cloud service and update all you tablets or bandmates to give everyone the songs.

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South Florida

Jan 2nd, 2018 07:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've been an OnSong user for more than a year.

Cons--a little bit of a learning curve. Sometimes the formatted lyrics don't transfer without a couple tries. Difficult to edit saved titles.

Pros--the black background white characters in lowlight conditions is excellent. You can easily make setlists which can be edited as needed fairly easily.

The Pros outweigh the Cons by a mile.

Juice Nichols
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Panama City, FL

I'm just a dude, playing a dude...
Jan 3rd, 2018 06:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

Been using OnSong now for at least 4 years. I can't recall having any issues with it other than what larry's already mentioned. Not quite sure where the difficulty in editing titles comes from, but I don't have an issue editing anything.

The best thing about it is the ability to change song keys and share your files via Bluetooth with other band members that have the app. A band I no longer play with never seemed to play a song in the key as written and the key changing capability was super handy.

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So. Cal. USA

Jan 3rd, 2018 09:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've been using GuitarTap for quite a while and enjoy it. You can edit, transpose keys, auto-scroll and more.

I use it more as a learning tool than for performance but it works smoothly.

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Jan 3rd, 2018 10:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

OnSong for about 5 years now

I have a nice clamp for my mic stand and will be getting the Bluetooth page turner foot switch set up. I like the reverse light (black screen/white lyrics so you dont have the flashlight in your face on stage effect). I have found for night gigs I am especially grateful for the backlight

I also run a usb power cable up the mic stand to keep it fully charged (iPad is old and battery dont last long). Its a great help at jams because i have 100s of songs so I can usually find the tune we are going to jam on pretty easy. It also allows me to upload PDFs so my sax charts are at my fingers as well. Highlighting chords and adjusting fonts is great but i believe all the sw for this type of thing does that now as well as set lists

I find myself uploading lyrics and doing the editing on the tablet with no issues. I do use a bluetooth keyboard though which makes a big difference.

I think most do that same thing so look at what each offers and decide if one has a better capability than the other. I know OnSong only supports Apple so that might be a deciding factor. I believe most all provide a trial version so I would take advantage of that to decide. It may be the cosmetics of it that tips the scale for you. Either way I think an electronic book is that way to go no matter what the app



Say what one more time!
Jan 3rd, 2018 06:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

They sound similar but you can access ultimate guitar tabs and chords with GuitarTapp. Most of them are close and just minor editing and you're ready to go. You can also set your backround to black with white letters.

I agree that a tablet or IPad is definitely the way to go. And I keep a backup just in case.

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Curled up

in the fecal position
Jan 3rd, 2018 08:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have my OnSong library backed up to the cloud via DropBox.

I have it set up so whatever I put into the OnSong folder in Dropbox syncs to OnSong on the iPad.

If I make any modifications to a chart in OnSong from my iPad, those changes automatically are sent to the DropBox library as the current chart.

If you're curious about all this stuff, OnSong has a bunch of very good tutorials on YooToob for all the various functions in the app.



Say what one more time!
Jan 4th, 2018 01:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

One last post on this. OnSong is $24.99 and GuitarTapp is $2.99. Both have excellent reviews. Onsong only on IOS or IPad. GuitarTapp is android or IPad.

I have both android and tablets and IPads and GuitarTapp works just as well on both and I can transfer song information between them.

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North ON, Canada

Jan 4th, 2018 03:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Satisfied GuitarTapp user here. I haven't really compared the 2 though. Quite a diff in price.

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