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  • Fakebook goes Pro

    Faster and better than ever, Fakebook 2.0 is the professional choice. Great new features and 400 more songs...

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  • The Rude Practice Pad

    The Rude Practice Pad is the perfect training tool for drum set players, percussionists, marching bands and drum lines. From student to pro, there is always something you can work on in this selection of drum rudiments and hybrid rhythms....

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  • Fakebook Pro - the Real Book

    The Fakebook Pro sheet music reader is preloaded with chord progressions for 400 rock and pop songs as well as 1200 classic jazz standards. Instantly transpose the collection or individual chord charts to suit the soloist or singer....

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  • An Actually Free Andronome+

    Thousands of pro musicians' gig go-to app! Accurate and transposable chord charts, PDF sheet music, ChordPro, ABC and lyrics; this app handles them all...

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  • Fakebook Pro Sheet Music Reader

    Thousands of pro musicians' gig go-to app! Accurate and transposable chord charts, PDF sheet music, ChordPro, ABC and lyrics; this app handles them all...

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2.0 – Fakebook Goes Pro

After a far too long wait, it's finally time to release Fakebook 2.0. And it is so good that we decided to upgrade the name as well: Skrivarna Software are proud to present the Fakebook Pro!

But don't worry, unlike some other music reader apps, if you have previously bought Fakebook you can download the Pro version free of charge. And if you haven't, the Fakebook Pro is still ridiculously affordable. Just go to Google Play and check it out!
  • Over 400 songs added, mostly rock and pop, from ABC to Your Song, from AC/DC to Zappa.
  • New page caching and swiping animation for even faster and smoother page turns.
  • Optional 2-up mode, perfect for large landscape tablets.
  • New import options for iReal b and iReal Pro, even better PDF handling.
  • Usability updates and bug fixes.
  • Optimized, faster, better memory utilization.
Highway to Frank.


Andronome+ - welcome to Amazon Underground

Today Amazon announced the launch of Amazon Underground, a new app for Android phones and tablets. It has all of the functionality of the regular Amazon mobile shopping app including movies, TV shows, books and more, plus over ten thousand dollars in apps, games and in-app items that are actually free. 

Preparing for the launch Amazon paired up with Skrivarna Software to make the Andronome+ Metronome available on Underground from day one. That's today! So, Underground this way, go grab your actually free professional metronome.


Fakebook update and Summer Sale!

Celebrating the late, short, but wonderful, summer season the Fakebook app is now on sale in the Google Play store. As we say here in Sweden: Summer is the best day of the year. So hurry up, get it while it lasts!

The price of all Skrivarna Software apps will be adjusted in August.

The current Fakebook version (1.8.0) also has a few nice updates, e.g. an option to inverse PDFs/images and some ChordPro format improvements when importing only lyrics or only chords.

Wishing you a really nice summer and have fun playing!


Backup your Fakebooks

The latest release of the Fakebook app (1.7.0, available now on Google Play) adds automatic and manual backup, keeping your imported music and created playlists safe.

The automatic backup uses Android's built-in mechanism for saving and restoring user data, which requires Google Play Services to be enabled and storage from Google Cloud. This solution is the easiest and safest to use, as changes are tracked in the background and user data is automatically restored when you buy a new device and reinstall the Fakebook app. In theory, at least...

Unfortunately, not all devices has Google Play Services and the necessary transport and storage to the cloud, which makes Android automatic backup less than ideal.

This is why Fakebook also comes with a simple to use manual backup. Just go to Database and backup in the Settings menu, then select Perform manual backup. After a few seconds (depending on the size of the database) you will be prompted to send the backup file to Dropbox, Drive, a mail or similar. Now keep this file safe until yo need it.

Should you need to restore the backup, e.g. on a new device, again go to Database and backup in the Settings menu. This time select Restore manual backup. A file dialog opens to let you chose the backup file. Select it and wait until the database is installed. Note that the backup will completely overwrite any existing database, e.g. the pre-installed songs.


Fakebook looking better than ever

Two new updates, 1.5.0 + 1.6.0, and the Fakebook app now looks better than ever!

You should probably see it yourself, but new font versions increase the readability of chord charts while the "Android Material design" pushes menus and dialogues to the next level.

And there's more:
  • A new native parser increase the speed of importing PDF files. A lot! The new parser works on all devices running Android 5 (Lollipop) and newer.
  • Key and pedal mapping. Choose scrolling, next/previous song, next/previous page, transpose up/down or start/stop the metronome.

Available now, from Google Play and Amazon.


Warm-ups and Killer exercises

When not developing software I like to play the drums. Unfortunately I must admit that flailing away at the kit to some random Spotify playlist is a lot more fun than practicing hand technique. And that shows...

However, the latest months my practice pad has seen the daylight again (figuratively speaking; a Swedish December doesn't offer much sun). The reasons for this are George Lawrence Stone, Sonny Igoe and Tommy Igoe - or more precisely the killers and great hands warm-up.

Drummers discussing drummers and drumming (nowadays most often in Internet forums) keeps recommending the Stone Killers and Igoe's Great Hands or Lifetime Warm-up, and that ten minutes a day can make a huge difference. Well, I can afford ten minutes a day, I thought. And it made an immediate difference. Not that my hands are great (yet), but I actually started to enjoy practicing rudiments again!

Now, as a developer I couldn't help but try to improve on these already great concepts. First and foremost, such sequences should always be available, in the pocket. Second, though well thought out, I found the number of repetitions and ordering non-intuitive sometimes.

So, the new version of the Rude Practice Pad contains a generic sequence feature, initially used for three different Stone Killer exercises, a Six Stroke Roll Pyramid and Longlife Warm-ups in two levels of difficulty.

And there are more sequences to come. I'll implement them if I can just leave my practice pad!

Rude Practice Pad - How to use the drum training app


Mail of the Month - November

Time for some frequent questions again. Some of them so frequent that they are already included in the FAQ (in one form or another):
Where are the notes? I can only find charts with chords - in the description but notes were to be seen...
It is quite clear from the app description that the app contains chord sequences only -- due to copyright the melodies cannot be included. However, for "original" Real Books, please visit and to automatically import and index these.

Nice app Good app, but is it possible to transpose a score? How?
You can find the transpose function in the menu, in the lower or upper right corner depending on device (the icon is three dots). The "transpose" menu will change key of the currently selected song, while the "settings" menu allows you to transpose all the songs (to get e.g. a Bb Real Book).

Fakebook No lyrics! And no songs included that anyone would want to hear! Big disappointment.
Due to copyright melodies and lyrics cannot be included, but they are very easy to import. Please have a look at And "no songs included that anyone would want to hear"? Seriously? Maybe you should look for something else than a Real Book app.


Django Fakebook

Just a quick heads up for all guitarists and Django Reinhardt fans: there are now PDFB scripts available for indexing the Django Fakebook at Big thanks to Fakebook user Arnim for the great idea.

Other books that you would like to have indexed? Just let us know, send a mail to


Mail of the Month - September

Can't help but publishing one of the best and nicest Rude Practice Pad reviews (so far):
Excellence: you can get an App for that. I've been playing drums and percussion for 43 years and still enjoy practising and performing rudiments. I believe they are the road to brilliance (and a great way to gather a crowd in a music shop, incidentally) and that calls for regular practice/repetition to develop muscle memory and neural pathways. Practice is most effective when it is enjoyable, and it is most enjoyable when the musician themself calls the shots. Step forward this App; nothing further needs to be said.
What can I say but Thanks!


Mail of the Month - July

Though simple, and created mostly for novelty and nostalgia, the VL-Tone app has for a long time been one of the most popular synth apps on Google Play. Some user comments say why:

VL-Tone On My Phone! I still have my VL-Tone from when I was a kid and this app is a superbly crafted salute to it. In fact, with the touchscreen its effortless to jam out, compared to working those old clackity keys... well done! Most fun I've had since I found the vst plugin
 One-liner history lesson:
With Casiotone, they made wonders, Midge Ure, Frank Tovey, Martin L Gore, Billy Currie.
 And the balanced review:
Very solid Not stupid, not awesome.


To Bb or not to Bb

Just a heads up for those of you playing bass or Bb instruments. There are now ready made PDFB scripts for importing and indexing The Real Bass Book (F Clef) and The Bb Real Book at

With these additions the library now contains all variants (C, Bb, Eb, Vocal and Bass Real Books) of the most common jazz standards collection. There's also the fun Slick Book, with some classic pop and soul songs.

Any ideas of other books to add? Drop us a mail!


At last: Fakebook annotations!

As a lot of you has told us, Fakebook is a great app. It comes with a large part of the jazz repertoire and by importing your own PDF books, sheet music or chordpro files it can carry all the songs needed. For any gig. All the time. In the pocket. 

However (as you also told us), there's one thing the trunkful of binders could do that the Fakebook app didn't. Annotations.

We all need a reminder from time to time; in which order to take solos, the number of vamps, where the intro starts... And sometimes a visual clue, marking a repeat or a tricky passage, makes all the difference of a performance. A trivial task for pen and paper - not possible with Fakebook. 

Until now.

Apart from a lot of other nice updates, the new Fakebook 1.4.0 features annotation. Choose from a fineline red pen or a half-transparent marker and scribble along! And you can write, draw and mark not only in PDF docs, but also on the built-in jazz charts, chordpro lyrics sheets or any other files you may have imported.

So, it's time: Get rid of all those papers! Get out and play!

Fakebook, available now on Google Play and Amazon.


Andronome - Greater Than Ever

Now, available on Amazon and Google Play, the long-awaited update of the Andronome metronomes!

The plain and simple Andronome has for quite some time been the musicians favorite metronome, thanks to the great design. Now, on the latest Android Kit-Kat versions, this is greater than ever - the BPM number and the blink literary takes over the whole screen. And no extra charge, the standard Andronome is still completely free (gratis and without ads)!

Also the Andronome+ version ($0.99) benefits from the makeover. With direct access buttons for each function, it is now quicker than ever to adjust the presets or enable/disable sound, blink and vibration. The page indicator at the bottom hints at the next (and previous) song, while the "preset lock" prevents accidental changes in the heat of the gig.

Professional, familiar and greater than ever. Get it now!


Mail of the Month - April

Some really nice, Rude comments directly from Google Play:
This app is essential for, and will benefit, beginner through advanced drummers. Easy UI. Swipe left and right to scroll through rudiments, and swipe up and down to control bpm. OR hit your phone's MENU button to open a self explanatory list of features, including my favorite: "EXAMPLES". Click on the EXAMPLES button and you're taken to a website with detailed instructional videos pertaining to the rudiment you are currently studying. Metronome is 100% accurate (let it go through one cycle to adjust itself)
Or, as a Rude Rhythm user writes:
This is my new favorite app!
But just as important as all the great reviews is the user feedback that helps us to improve. Like this comment below a four star rating:
....but horrible sound. It's the drum app with the worst sound I ever heard. I tried more than a dozen of Drum Apps but this sound is without any quality... Anyway it's one of the best Rhythmcollections I've ever seen, a must have for any drummer. Thank you, but please try to update, to amiliorate this sound....
Some investigation shows a problem with the playback engine that will be fixed in the next release, thanks to this helpful drummer.