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  • Fakebook 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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  • 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 - the Real Book

    The Fakebook sheet music reader is preloaded with chord progressions for 1200 classic jazz standards from The Real Book ed 1,2,3,4,5... Instantly transpose the collection for Bb, Eb or F instruments, or transpose individual chord charts to suit the soloist or singer....

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20150826

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.
 

20150708

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!


20150619

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.


20150322

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.

20141207

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


20141130

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 www.skrivarna.com/p/fakebook.html and www.skrivarna.com/2014/02/automatic-indexing-of-pdf-real-books.html 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 www.skrivarna.com/p/fakebook.html. And "no songs included that anyone would want to hear"? Seriously? Maybe you should look for something else than a Real Book app.

20141113

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 www.skrivarna.com/p/fakebook.html. 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 fakebook@skrivarna.com.

20140930

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!

20140731

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.

20140713

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 www.skrivarna.com/p/fakebook.html.


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!

20140618

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.



20140510

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!


20140430

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.

20140328

Fakebook - the Real Vocal Book - Part 2


An earlier post (here) discussed how the Fakebook ChordPro file import feature can be used to store and show lyrics together with the chords. However, as we all know, for some gigs only the Real Vocal Book will do.

And now you can have both! With the Fakebook PDF import and automatic indexing, getting the Real Vocal Book into your pocket is only a few clicks away. Check out the Fakebook import page, where you'll find links and instructions how to import and index the original Real Book, the Real Vocal Book as well as the transposed Eb Real Book. And don't forget to check out The Slickbook for some instant West Coast 70-80's nostalgia - some really great tunes!