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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / Tablet for lyrics

Bill D.

Clovis, CA USA

I pick...therefore, I play...
Mar 20th, 2018 01:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Since I'm not an iPad guy, I'd like to get a Samsung pad for lyrics while performing live. Are these easy to set up and is there an app that will fill my needs? Do you just do a screenshot of the lyrics, or cut and paste so all of you lyrics will be left justified and easier to read? I currently use a binder with Microsoft Word for lyrics.

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stratas maximas

Mar 20th, 2018 08:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a 2016 Samsung Tab A (with no sim card) and I converted all my Word Pad chord charts (RTF files) that were on my desktop PC to PDF files to make them usable on the Tab A. The Tab A will open RTF files but needs internet access to do so. But it doesn't need internet access to open PDF files.

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Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Mar 21st, 2018 06:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Using an iPad or any tablet can make things easier onstage. No big binders to thumb through or sheets of paper floating around.
I have used UnrealBook and Onsong for chords/lyrics. UnrealBook works with pdf's while Onsong can use txt, pdf and other word programs. I find the song online on chordie or othewise, copy/paste it into OpenOffice, then save it in whatever format I want. Then I import it into Onsong (my preference at the moment), where I can organize all the songs into set lists.

For a lot of songs, I don't need to have lyrics, so I'll use my word processor and make a chord chart for each song in a real large font which makes it real easy to see, and then import them into the app.

Whichever tablet you use, I'm sure you'll find it a valuable tool. And it's a lot less visible to the audience than a big old music stand on stage.

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Mar 21st, 2018 08:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

OnSong is really good.

Being able to 'beam' a chart to a band mate in real time via Bluetooth is a very cool feature.



Say what one more time!
Mar 21st, 2018 07:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use GuitarTapp with a Samsung tablet and it can be used on an IPad as well. Most songs can e downladed from the web and then edited as you need them.



Aug 1st, 2018 07:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have used GuitarTapp solo and with a band where we could sync setlist and songs. Works perfect for me. Most every song I can find and if not type into a note editor and import in.

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Bogue Falaya River

is STILL dark and cold.
Aug 2nd, 2018 09:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

Whatever you do, don't keep your head buried in the lyrics. Spend most of your time looking at the audience. Find someone and look them in the eye. Then look down to catch a glance at the lyrics, if you need to.

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South Florida

Aug 2nd, 2018 10:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

What Henry said above +1000. It becomes a crutch that sucks the life out of a song.

(This message was last edited by larryguitar19 at 12:48 PM, Aug 2nd, 2018)

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St. Louis

"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Aug 4th, 2018 08:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've fought this as long as I could but I've finally gone to the dark side as well. Tablets are cool. I use Guitartapp as well.
I guess if you gig with a set number of songs regularly you can change a bit around and keep the "oh hell I forgot the first words "syndrome away. But it's great to be able to glance down at the lyrics if you get stumped.
That said I find myself not even using it when playing out but that's because I practice with it enough to memorize stuff. A lot better than spending 5 minutes digging through a bunch of tattered lyric sheets.
I've seen folks at acoustic jams dig through 4 binders looking for a song that someone requested.
You still got to "own" the song while you are singing.


Columbia, SC

Aug 16th, 2018 08:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

I use Set List Maker, which is a free app, for my Ipad. I've been using it for 4-5 years now, and really like it. I can quickly make set lists, import lyrics for songs I want, and generally it's just useful. Song lyrics appear with a black background and white typeface - great for clearly seeing in low light conditions without a bright light reflecting back at you from your screen.

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