I have a dream.
I dream of an Internet with a vast, deep song database.
- Each song includes a melody line in both notes and tablature.
- Each song include chord names and changes.
- Each includes picture chord diagrams, adjustable for any instrument.
- Customized chords can be defined and used.
- The key of the song can be changed at the touch of a button.
- The songs can be sorted and searched by writer, artist, year, genre, mood, etc.
- Any user can add to a song corrections and improvements.
Just a dream, you say.
And yet, we’re so close.
First of all, we have the Internet. So that part is accomplished. Yea, team.
And, there are many programs that do many of these things–but I have yet to find one that does all.
If you ever need to put together a song sheet, here are some of the options I’ve found:
- The Ukulizer – This site is a mess. An absolute mess. I know from talking with the guy that it’s no longer being developed, and the mess is there to stay. That said, it’s whiz-bang easy to use–type in your lyrics and chords, and it spits out a formatted song sheet. Think of it like your child’s bedroom–disgusting, but with a sweet little thing deep inside.
- Chordie – This site does a LOT of what I wish for above, with the serious drawback that you can’t add your own songs. Still, if you’re looking for a fairly common song, it’s worth checking Chordie.
- Go Chords — Very user friendly–basically drag and drop chords into position and you’re done! Creates attractive pages, but I’ve never been quite satisfied with the system.
- Uke Geeks – Something tells me, this is the building block of the future, the answer to my dream–but it’s not there yet. Clearly there’s a mad genius who is also a ukulele player behind it, so let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Most of these use a very simple text layout called chordpro, which I will touch in more detail soon.
I suppose I can lament that we don’t have a perfect ukulele chord / sheet music organization system, or I can rejoice that we have these existing usable systems at all.
Heck, I’m a ukulele player. I’ll rejoice.