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  • Fakebook Pro 3.0

    Easier to use, even better looking chord charts and a new list editor - Fakebook 3.0 is the professional choice. Great new features and 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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20180709

New book indexes - From swing to bop and much more

Download and index two huge song collections! We just added new PDFB script files for 557 Jazz Standards - Swing to Bop and for The Book -- all in all about a thousand songs in jazz, funk, rock and other styles. Check them out at https://www.skrivarna.com/p/fakebook.html.

- The Real Book, 5th ed, in C, Eb and Bb as well as in Bass clef
- The Real Vocal Book
- The Real Book vol 2, in C, Eb and in Bass clef
- The Real Book vol 3
- The Slickbook 1
- The Slickbook 2
- Django Fakebook
- The Creole Jazz Band Fakebook, in C, Eb, Bb and F as well as in Bass clef
- The Real Book of Blues
- Jazz LTD - Over 500 Tunes the Real Books Missed
- The Colorado Cookbook - Tasty Tunes for the Musical Gourmet
- The Firehouse Jazz Band - Dixieland Fake Book
- The Great Gig Book - Blue Book
- 557 Jazz Standards - Swing to Bop
- The Book

Enjoy!

20180602

Mail of the month - May - Tab characters and font scaling

Some really nice comments (via mail and on Google Play) this month. Thanks a lot for the feedback, keep it coming!

Loves the app and how they can manage the key and sorting playlists. Only one thing that I need in this app is two finger zoom (if it possible in the next update.) Thanks to all developers who made this useful app.
Thanks, glad to hear you are happy with the app. Two finger (pinch) zooming as well as three finger scaling of chord fonts is in the app, and now also enhanced by the auto-scaling of fonts (to make sure there are always 4/8 bars per line).

Great app! Comes with chord charts, but the real value is that you can import PDF charts and index the songs. Following the add songs, download from internet link has many books to get started. Additionally you can mark up pages, make set lists, etc. Well worth the money.

I wrote this song, correcting an unfinished tune in the database. Made it look nice, then when returning to songs after editing, it comes back looking unreadable. 
From the look of chart I guess there are some tabs (tab characters) missing. Normally there are tabs inserted automatically when you use one of the bar lines (as well as reprise), but in this case there seems to be bar lines without tabs.

The tab characters are used to make sure bar lines line up in the chart, but in Fakebook 3.0 they are also used as a hint to the new "auto-squeeze" feature (which is why the chart you sent looks so strange).

Perhaps you by mistake happened to delete the tabs, and maybe replaced them with spaces (to line up) instead? Try to add them again and see if this helps. 

What is tab? Like on a typwriter? (Move known spaces to the right? If so, I'd think tab and space bar should be interchangeable, no?)
The tab key is to the left of the keyboard (shaped like a long arrow), just like on a typewriter. However, in computer science the tab char is different (and treated differently) from a space character. In most software this property is used to provide fixed width tab stops, just like in Fakebook Pro.

Normally you don't need to insert any tab chars manually (just if you want to put e.g. a second reprise ending out to the right), it will be set automatically when you type a bar line or reprise. But if you happen to delete it you can easily add it again with the tab key (instead of adding several space characters). 

The other day, one of the PDF's that I imported was rotated 90 degrees. I can't figure out how to UN-rotate it. Any advice before I delete and re-import?
You can rotate individual pages in the metadata editor (action bar, keyboard icon), just touch the thumbnail to rotate.

If you're gigging regularly, this is a must. You can transpose, edit and annotate. Brilliant.

Still good, congratulations to the developers ))

20180507

Fakebook Pro 3.0!


Well, what can I say? Fakebook Pro version 3.0 is released and available from Google Play and Amazon. Check it out. Now!

Why? Because it features autoscaling chord charts (making sure there are always 4/6/8 bars per row) and an updated playlist editor. And a lot of other small improvements to make your life as a gigging musician easier, That's why!

20180403

Mail of the month - March - A more usable app

I happily downloaded and use the Facebook Pro app on an 13inch Android Tablet. It has just the features I want and like and it's a very handy tool for my live performances as a singer/guitarplayer.

There are two features I know that are working, but I can't seem to get a constant way of using the following features:

When I have my setlist/playlist of songs in front of me, I sometimes try to drag songs to another position. For instance the third song I want to put at the first position. I drag it with my finger or thumb, but this is most of the time not working. The screen usually gives a pop-up screen where I can add or remove the song to/from a playlist. What is the trick here I am missing? I tried positioning my finger/thumb in all kind of ways, but it usually doesn't want to drag a song.
There's no "trick" other than to touch-and-hold as close to the "handle" (at the edge) as possible. But I agree that this is not always so easy and the Android library used to implement this drag-and-drop feature works better on some devices than on others... Unfortunately this is a known issue that has been hard to fix. So, in the next version (3.0) this list will be completely replaced with a much more modern and easy to use solution. There is still a lot of testing needed before release, but this will eventually be fixed, I promise you!

When I'm in a song text and want to go to the next or previous song text, I tap with my finger on the screen (usually on the edges) but it is also a coincidence if the page is turning. It works, but a lot of times it doesn't and the green menu on top of the screen comes down. What is the trick here to make page-turning work constantly?
You can swipe left or right to change song, or tap at the edges. On the current version the "tap area" is defined to be the outer 1/7 of the screen, but you are no alone in thinking that this is too small to work reliably. So in the next version this area will be slightly larger (1/5 on each side).

20180202

Mail of the month - February - Book import, Time signature, Song editor

I just imported one of my large PDF files (Django Fakebook) and now I have 242 songs called "fakebook_django (###)".  How do I get all 242 named?

I have an index file with the names and page numbers.  With unrealbook (my old app), I would load that index file in and it would use that to index/name all the songs. What can I do about that here in Fakebook Pro?

Without the ability to mass edit the names, its not helpful for large PDFs.

Please have a look at http://skrivarna.com/p/fakebook.html (this is the same landing page that you get to through the app when selecting Add new songs - Download from Internet).
There you'll find some useful info about the PDFB scripts that Fakebook uses to download and index PDF song collections. The Django book is one of the PDFs that has an index there.

I purchased Fakebook Pro to use on an old Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet, hoping to find a use for this old device.  To my surprise, Fakebook Pro is working well on this device.  But I have one challenge: I gig with a few separate ensembles.  Most of the music we play from is multi-page, so I've settled on loading individual PDF songs as play lists.  This works great because each individual song is listed in the playlists, and I can quickly switch songs.  I need to maintain separate databases for the different ensembles, and I am having difficulty maintaining these separate databases on this ancient tablet.  Is there a way to maintain these databases on my computer then transfer them to my tablet for use?

I haven't heard of anyone wanting completely separate databases for different gigs before, personally I just create one "band playlist" for each group and then create setlists based on these.
However, if you want to do this, you can always export the database using the backup function, preferably to some cloud storage. Rename the exported file to separate the different ensembles. Import, again using the backup-restore function.

When I import a pdf that contains four pages of a single song, each page is created as a separate song in the database and a playlist is created that groups the pages.  Is there any way to create a multi-page song or, alternatively, a way to add the song playlist to another playlist?

The next major update (3.0, to be released May 1st) will "collapse" multi-page page songs so that they are easier to handle.

Does the time signature impact functionality?

No, not at this point. But it is stored in the database if it is included in the imported file format and might be useful in the future.

I find the cursor position is not always correct (it is blinking on the left, but characters are added on the right) and sometimes I have to hit backspace 5 or 6 times before it actually does something. I can get through it, but it is painful.

I know, this is kind of a sore point... It is on the to-do list as well. The cursor problem is actually a very strange (but known) bug in the Android framework. It always occur on the creation/first edit and when adding lines. Try to add a few empty lines, close the editor, re-open it and it should be fine. Trying to figure out a workaround for an upcoming release.

I just installed Fakebook Pro on a new Chromebook Plus. It seems to work well except that when I try to "add new songs" by "download from the internet," it opens http://www.skrivarna.com/p/fakebook.html and doesn't show a path to the sites I need. I would like to be able to download from Google Drive but I can't seem to get there. Thank you for any help you can provide.

To get your files stored on cloud drives, check under "Add new songs - Import files" instead. You can also browse to any site from the Fakebook landing page you noted.

20180115

See you at NAMM!

Skrivarna Software will be at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, meeting musicians and colleagues from all around the world. Are you going? Drop us a mail at software@skrivarna.com and we'll have a coffee!


The NAMM Show is the definitive platform for the music, sound and event technology communities to unite with the mission of strengthening the music products industry and promoting the pleasures and benefits of making music. Held in Anaheim every January, The NAMM Show offers the latest products from more than 7,000 brands, cutting edge industry education across hundreds of sessions, as well as special events, concerts and experiences where "only at NAMM" moments take place.

This year's NAMM Show is held January 25-28.

20180107

Mail of the month - December - Transposable music, iReal-compatibility and set lists

I do have iReal Pro on my mac (chords). What I miss is to also see the melody, together with the chords, both in a transposable fashion (which iReal Pro provides, but its without the melody). Does your Fakebook Pro app provide that or do you have another offer or hint where to buy something like that?
The quick and simple answer to your question in "no, the Fakebok Pro app doesn't transpose melody notes, only chords".

But to answer your other question (about other possible app options) and to explain why Fakebook Pro can't do this, I'd like to elaborate a little on music formats.

Most music available on-line (free and for purchase) is in PDF format, most often in the form of a scanned page (i.e. an image). Other PDF files may have embedded music fonts or be in vector format, but these can still not be transposed because they contain no explicit musical information.

To do that you need to use some of the specialized music file format, which in many cases are proprietary (e.g. the major Mac/Windows notation and DAW applications). There are open formats as well, most importantly MusicXML, but Fakebook Pro does not yet support that (although that is on the to-do list).

I’m researching apps for my 89 year old dad who has been a jazz piano player for many years. Now that he is getting older he is not gigging as much and finds himself playing old folks homes on his own. He would like to have some back up instrumentation – primarily bass and drums. iReal Pro looks great for this… but… he also wants a lead line. I have seen that iReal Pro is compatible with Fakebook Pro but I haven’t really seen HOW it is compatible. Is it possible to use the back up band capabilities with Fakebook charts?
Thanks for this wonderful mail; I'm so glad that your father continues to enjoy music and can still entertain others with his playing.

So, I'm sorry to say that the Fakebook app will not help in this case. It is compatible with the iReal chord charts, in that these can be imported, but there is no playalong feature in Fakebook Pro.

To be honest, I'm not sure what would be the best alternative in this case. Have you had a look at Band-in-a-box? It is definitely more expensive and cannot handle some of the most common music book formats, but last time I had at look the backing tracks sounded really great. As far as I know it runs only on Mac and PC, but maybe a small Windows tablet/convertible could be an alternative?

I recently purchased an Android tablet and I'm looking at charting applications for playing music.  I'm a working bassist/vocalist, and am trying to find a good reliable app that will allow me to store/edit song charts, lyrics, etc.  I'm really impressed with how your app looks and I'm wondering if it'll serve my needs. I don't really need the Real Book charts, but I would consider them a great bonus to have. I'm ideally wondering about importing my own charts. Would this be something I'd do through a PDF, document of some type, etc?  I believe I read that the app supports a "set list" feature for gigs. Is this correct?  Ideally, I'd like to be able to put together a collection of all the charts and lyrics I would need, and have them in a set list order at a gig for a moments notice. Would this be something the app does?
Yes, yes and yes. Regarding adding charts, PDF imports is probably a good choice. Most music you'll find (commercial or free) on the web will be in PDF format, and that is also easy to export from a notation program, word processor or similar.

Regarding your collection and set lists: absolutely. Fakebook Pro allows you to make a combined set lists, mixing transposable chord charts, PDF files, photos (e.g. of handwritten music), lyrics...

There is more info on this site (http://www.skrivarna.com/search/label/Fakebook), but the best is probably to just download the app and try it out. If it, for any reason, does not satisfy your needs just drop me a mail and we'll refund the purchase immediately.



20171221

What's up? Looking forward to 2018!

With most of the Christmas gigs done, it is time to plan for next year's app development. New Year's resolutions? Well, I can promise that there are some nice upgrades already in testing -- the icon above may offer a sneak peek...
Stay tuned for more info; here, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

20171202

Mail of the month - November - Music, editing and iOS


I want be able to edit/change chords on PDF lead sheets such as the songs in Real Books, Colorado Cookbook, etc. The only way I'm able to do so on my Android tablet is with my finger (extremely difficult). How can I make editing easier?
The only editing of PDF files possible in Fakebook Pro is "painting" on top of the image described in the file. This is due to the nature of the PDF format, but most importantly because the books you mention (as well as most other similar music collections) are actually paper scans.
That being said, you can simplify and increase the precision of your edits by using a stylus suitable for your tablet, and by zooming in on the part before editing.

I do have iReal Pro on my mac (chords). What I miss is to also see the melody, together with the chords, both in a transposable fashion (which iReal Pro provides, but it's without the melody). Does your Fakebook Pro provide that, or do you have another offer or hint where to buy something like that?
The quick and simple answer to your question in "no, the Fakebok Pro app doesn't transpose melody notes, only chords".
But to answer your other question (about other possible app options) and to explain why Fakebook Pro currently can't do this, this depends on the music format. Most music available on-line (free and for purchase) are in PDF format, often in the form of a scanned page (i.e. an image). Other PDF files may have embedded music fonts or be in vector format, but these can still not be transposed because they contain no explicit musical information.
To do that you need to use some of the specialized music file format, which in many cases are proprietary (e.g. the major Mac/Windows notation and DAW applications). There are open formats as well, most importantly MusicXML, but Fakebook Pro does not yet support that (although that is on the to-do list).

I'm a singer-songwriter and I'm just in the process of switching over from using paper charts to using an iPad. I've been researching sheet music readers, and it sounds like Fakebook Pro is probably the best out there. But of course you don't make it for iOS. What a shame. Do you have any plans to make your product available for iPad users?
Right now we have no plans to port Fakebook Pro to iOS, sorry about that. The reason is that there are already so many similar apps for iPads and we don't have the resources to support both platform in a good way. Hope you will find a suitable app for your iPad.

How do I find the user guide?
There is no user guide (in the form of a PDF manual or similar), but I’m here to help and there is plenty of information in the FAQ at http://www.skrivarna.com/search/label/FAQ

20170521

Zoom In On Fakebook Pro 2.10

The latest Fakebook Pro version 2.10, just released to Google Play, has some simple but really useful new features: zoom, pan and font scale.

Zoom and pan works just as you'd expect - pinch and swipe with two fingers. This not only means that you can manually crop a page if the automatic import doesn't fit, but also that you can zoom in to make precise annotations or corrections.

These gestures are second nature to most smartphone users and will probably be used a lot. But another new gesture deserves special mention - the three-finger-pinch. "Zooming" with three fingers will scale the fonts used in the transposable chord charts and lyrics. This is a convenient way to optimize each chart in a way that hasn't actually been possible before.

Some songs has just a single chord per bar and can benefit from using a large font. But other songs has so complex changes that four bars might not fit on a single row, which makes them hard to read. In previous versions of Fakebook Pro, where font scale has been a global setting, this has been a problem. But now, with a simple three-finger-pinch, you can adapt the font size to each individual song. Check it out!

20170508

Mail of the month - May - Lyrics

Some kind words and a common question to add to the FAQ:

I just started working with this app, and Wow!

I am a little confused about a 2014 post (Fakebook - the Real Vocal Book - Part 2) I saw on your site. Is this saying there's an easy way to pull in lyrics for those Fakebook and Popbook songs already in app? I'm a singer, and have imported the whole Real Vocal Book, but would really like more songs w lyrics.

The post you are referring to mentions the Real Vocal Book (that you have already imported) and the Slickbook 1 and 2 which also contain lyrics for a lot of popular (mostly 80's) songs. There are also lyrics in some of the trad jazz books, but there is no complete collection for all the 1600 songs included by default. As I'm sure you understand, this is mostly due to copyright.

If there are publicly available PDF collections with lyrics that you'd like us to help index and publish I'm happy to look into it. Otherwise the easiest way to find lyrics seems to be to search for ChordPro files. These are easy to import to Fakeook Pro, though some may require cleaning up and slight adjustments afterwards, depending on which application was used to save the song. There's a link (on www.skrivarna.com/p/fakebook.html ) to an old archive called Olga, which has a lot of ChordPro songs, but I know that many users find the songs they need through other sources.

Recently I picked up a VERY last minute gig. The artist primarily performs lots of pop covers of a wide variety of artists. I bought the app just before the gig started. On a break I fumbled through and found a song the leader suggested. Without this app it would have been a train wreck. Thanks to this app, I hit the changes on the spot. It paid for itself immediately. Now I'm taking time to get to know app. I love that you can tranpose. A ton of tunes for a buck. Awesome. It beats fumbling through or having to write out (hopefully correct changes) of a unknown tune on the fly.

This has so many tunes. You can transpose them into any key, the chords are pretty good, and you can set it to override the power saying setting. This app is worth the cost!

I absolutely will never be without tis app!....unless they come out with a new version.lol Much easier to travel with than a copy of the real book and a metronome.😆

1600 transposable songs will get you through most gigs. Fortunately they have most of the rest of the real books but they aren't transposable. For modern stuff, check their web site. Give 'em credit, this app just keeps improving itself and isn't $15. A lot more transposable charts that aren't on the original download. Help desk on this one is killer! They actually e mail back.

And, just to show some balance in the reviews:

Worst interface ever, this app is really useless,  ...

in a nutshell hated it, very amateurish.


20170404

Skrivarna Software at Musikmesse Frankfurt

Tomorrow, Wednesday April 5th, the international trade fair for musical instruments, sheet music, music production and marketing will open in Frankfurt. Skrivarna Software will be at Musikmesse, meeting musicians and other developers, discussing Fakebook Pro and other apps.
See you there!

20170329

Video - Split Screen with Fakebook Pro and Music Player


On Android N you can run the Fakebook Pro sheet music reader and a music player side by side in split screen. This video shows how to view music and play linked Spotify or YouTube tunes at the same time.
Check out more about the Fakebook Pro sheet music reader at www.skrivarna.com and download it from Google Play.

20170328

Video - Import Multiple Music Files to Fakebook Pro


It is easy to load new music to the Fakebook Pro sheet music reader, one file at a time or a complete collection. This video shows how to import multiple songs, all files in a folder, in a few quick steps.
Check out more about the Fakebook Pro sheet music reader at www.skrivarna.com and download it from Google Play.

20170322

Great Gig Book, Slickbook 2 and new Creole scripts

As most Fakebook Pro users are already aware, the PDFB scripts that help download and index sheet music is a really powerful feature. Several new scripts are now available and ready for use at http://www.skrivarna.com/p/fakebook.html.


Richard Marx

The updates are:
  • Slickbook 2 - Classic pop and rock songs, mostly from the 80's, written and performed by Chicago, Toto, Gino Vanelli, Bruce Hornsby. And Richard Marx. A lot of Richard Marx.
  • The Great Gig Book - Also called the Blue Book, this huge collection has sections for ballads, swing, dixie, polka, samba, rhumba, bossa, tango etc. - over 750 songs, most of them with lyrics.
  • The Creole Jazz Band Fakebook - Available in C, Bb, Eb, F and bass clef, these books are now updated to version 2.4.