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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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Finally! Started to write a Fakebook Pro Manual...

OK, I know this should have been done a long time ago. But, as most developers, I tend to avoid writing user manuals and other documentation. ("The software is sooo easy to use anyway", "That feature is self-explanatory, isn't it?")

Well, now I have at least started. If you want to have a sneak preview on a very early alpha version (there are a lot of empty sections at the end...), please have a look here: Fakebook Pro Manual 3.3 alpha


A Merrier Christmas with a new Fakebook Pro

Just in time for Christmas, there is now a new release of the Fakebook Pro music reader app available on Google Play and Amazon:
  • Double tap screen to go to the next song (a single tap still moves to next or previous page).
  • New control to make photo or PDF black & white and increase contrast. Perfect when using the mobile or tablet camera to scan paper music!
  • Metronome tempo now shown in list and music header.
  • New symbols on chord keyboard.
Plus, a few important bug fixes for key/pedal mapping and annotations on some devices.

Available now! Merry Christmas!


Andronome update! Bigger and better than ever.

Big and beautiful new update of the Andronome metronome -- easier to use, many new features and lower latency:
  • Full-featured list editor to create and sort playlists with your presets.
  • Select sounds: shakers, percussion, drums, noise and metronomes from most major DAWs (ProTools, Ableton, Cubase, FL Studio, Logic, Reason, Sonar) plus Maschine and AKAI MPC.
  • New modes for intro (count-in) and gap click (ghost) practice.
  • Bug fixes (most importantly a font correction for some devices).

All features but the presets list are included also in the free version, so check it out now!
Available on Google Play and Amazon.


Check out the new Stomp pedal with Fakebook Pro

As a gigging musician your hands should be focused on playing music. Not turning pages. While your Fakebook Pro app made it easier to carry your charts and lyrics, you still have to take your hands off of your instrument to change pages. Unless you get a wireless pedal, of course.

The Stomp pedal is a rugged, durable, and reliable app controller, making it the obvious choice for professionals and hobbyists alike. Stomp is housed in a solid metal enclosure, rugged enough to be run over by a truck, so it will handle any gig, night after night. Just throw it in your bag or attach it to your pedalboard and go off to the next gig.

Stomp uses Bluetooth 4.0 and is tested compatible with the Fakebook Pro app. Check it out at .


Mail of the month - November - Chord editor and i18n

This months mails highlights some questions about the chord editor and internationalization (i18n):

What do the icons Cb and T do?
The "Cb" icon enables you to edit the chords (which is the default editing mode), while the "T" icon lets you edit or insert text/lyrics. This text layer is enabled when you import e.g. a chordpro song (with both chords and lyrics), but you can add a text layer to any chord chart.

Why does the chord text suddenly get really narrow when editing and yet the rest of the chords are normal size?
You are probably trying to squeeze to much chords in on each line. Fakebook Pro will not break lines anywhere, but does its best to honor the 4/6/8 bars per line setting. So, if you don't insert any tabs and bar lines (a bar line will automatically also insert a tab space) or manually break the line with an enter/return, the chord symbols will be scaled to fit. If they are to narrow to read comfortably, change the settings or manually break the line. 

Czy jest w aplikacji język polski?
No, sorry. The Fakebook Pro app is only available in English at this point.


Mail of the month - October - Cloud drive and other questions

The Fakebook Pro app runs smoothly on the tablet of our singer. But now I got a problem! However, I now want to use an old Android tablet as a backup at gigs (Android 4.2.2 - Jelly Bean). Installing Fakebook did not cause any problems, however, when I wanted to add my songs, I was not able to find my Google Drive. I have access to the drive at this tablet. Maybe I'm doingsomething wrong and you can help me?
The native file browser support for cloud storage like Google Drive, Dropbox etc wasn't introduced in Android until 5.0, this is why you cannot see it directly from Fakebook Pro.
However, if you use the Google Drive app to browse your files and tap a supported format (like a PDF or PDFB script), you should get a question whether to open this in Fakebook Pro. Alternatively, you can tap the "three dots" icon on the file tile and then select "Open with" in the dialog. This should also allow you to select Fakebook Pro.

I currently use iKlip Stage, which is a disappointment, and I amccontemplating buying Fakebook Pro, but cannot find info on this:
* PDF on Android: does Fakebook use its own built-in PDFcreader, or the OS installed one? I must say iKlip's PDF reader is of much higher quality than PDF reader apps on Android.
* From what I read on your websites, it is possible to load one's ownccreated PDF files?
* How does scrolling through multiple page scores work? Can a Bluetoothcfoot-switch be used?
* Must one be online to use Fakebook?
* How many pages of PDF can Fakebook handle? iKlip takes a very long time to load just plain text files exceeding 3 pages. And its playlist crashes easily after loading several files -- far too few for live gigging.
  • On Android versions later than 5.0, Fakebook Pro uses the Android native PDF parser when importing the files. On older versions a proprietary and rather slow parser is used. When showing the resulting pages a very quick bitmap view is used in both cases.
  • Yes, you can load your own music.
  • Any footswich that uses the standard keyboard emulation can be used, this include all products from AirTurn and PageFlip, both two- and four-pedal models. The two-pedal version from IK (BlueTurn)  should work, though I have not tested it myself. The four-pedal version from IK will likely NOT work, as they use some proprietary protocol.
  • No, Fakebook Pro requires no internet connection.
  • There is no hard limit on the number of pages, you are more likely to run into problems with storage space on your device. Regarding speed: as Fakebook Pro does the PDF parsing (which may be slow) already at import time, the searching, browsing, paging and displaying is quick. On most modern phones and tablets it should be instantaneous.  


New Rude Practice Pad version - Play in portrait mode

Available now on Google Play: Rude Practice Pad release 0.15.0. This version allows the rudiment training app to be used in both portrait and landscape mode, on phones as well as tablets. It is also updated to fully support the latest Android flavors.
  • Show and play all 40 official drum rudiments, with name and order according to PAS (Percussive Arts Society).
  • Show and play 100 of the most common hybrid rudiments.
  • Show and play 96 classic Stick Control exercises.
  • Show and play exercises and warm-ups like the famous lifetime, pyramid and stone killer sequences. 
  • Let you select different snare drum sounds for the playback. 
  • Visually indicate where you are in the pattern, synchronized with the built-in metronome.
  • Suggest rhythms to practice, including a “Rudiment of the day” feature.
  • Sort and list rudiments according to the essential, original, standard, the quadrants etc.
  • Allow tempo adjustments between 20 and 240 BPM.
  • Link to textual descriptions and instructional videos showing all the 40 official rudiments, on pad and examples applied to drum set.


Mail of the month - September - How much songs can you store?

I've been using Fakebook Pro on a Samsung 12.2-inch tablet for a couple of years now. It has been a godsend!  Thank your for your programming efforts.My database has now reached 4.5 GB in size.  I'm using "Commander One" to copy my manual database backups to my Mac, since "Android File Transfer" on the Mac is limited to 4 GB files.This solution works well, but I'm wondering if Fakebook Pro will reach a limit to the size of the database. If so, can you tell me what that limit is?

This is a really interesting question! While I know there are many users out there with database sizes on par with your, my personal song library is not that huge yet.
But, the data is stored in an SQLite database and this database has a size limit of 140 TB. The EXT4 file system used on must Android devices has a 16 TB file size limit (older versions had a 2 TB limit).
I guess the transfer issue you noticed had to do with the FAT32 limitation (4 GB) of the SD card. On Android 6 and above, which handle extFAT SD cards, this should not be a problem.


Mail of the month - August - Split screen, metronome and Spotify

Some questions about how to best use Fakebook Pro for practicing and learning new songs:

From the product description on* "Extremely accurate metronome, stores tempo for each song." Is there actually an audio metronome associated with the app?* "Spotify and YouTube links to reference recordings" Where are those links?
Both the metronome and the Spotify/YouTube links are under the Play menu. In either the action bar or in menu, you'll find a Play icon. Press this to get a dialog with an adjustable metronome as well as options to search Spotify or YouTube, or direct links if available.

How can I choose a split-screen or double-app option that would allow me to see the chart while also hearing the YouTube audio (or even be able to scroll back in the YouTube video to replay certain parts while viewing the chart)? 
From Android Nougat (7.0) and later it is possible to split screen by long-pressing the app switcher button. There's actually a video showing how to do this at


Mail of the month - July - Defaults and a checklist

Fakebook Pro is importing any PDFs I try to view on my phone e.g. if I try to view a PDF attached to an email.  How do I stop that?
This is actually an Android setting, and not controlled by each app: when clicking a PDF file your device has a default for opening it. In this case with the Fakebook Pro app, probably because you choose that default at some point (there is a dialog asking if you want to use the app "once" or "always").

In any case, you should be able to reset this default in the Android Settings app. Open that and look for the "Apps" section, in that section look for Fakebook Pro and  click it. There should then be a "Open by default" subsection, in which you can clear any defaults or selectively set whether to open, not open or ask for an app every time. On some devices (e.g. Samsung), this may look slightly different, but the general idea is the same.
On my Samsung G7 Edge there is a "Clear Defaults" button for the app, but that doesn't work work on its own.  You have to also set "Go to supported URLs" to "Always ask". I did both Clear Defaults and the Always ask setting, problem is solved!

How do I get rid of unwanted playlists?
Open the list editor (list icon in the action bar), choose the unnecessary list. Tap the menu icon (three dots, upper right corner) and select "Delete" - "Delete playlist". (This alternative removes the list, but keeps the songs. "Delete playlist and songs" also removes the imported songs, and you may not want this.)

I was looking for an app that could handle music PDF for gigs. It would have to move between Set List PDF quickly and ideally also be able to finger-pinch zoom (although I believe that feature makes the loading slower)My ideal list:* A dedicated music PDF app and nothing else
* The ability to load PDF into a master library from various sources - Dropbox, Google Drive, Livedrive, Local drive
* The list automatically indexed
* A simple way to create Set Lists from the master library without using copies
* Some meta information for the Set List tunes - eg Key, Genre, Free form notes
* Moving between Set List or Master Index PDF should be very quick
* The ability to pinch zoom PDFs useful on smaller tablets
* All the features on Set Lists like adding/deleting/reordering
* The ability to annotate PDFs with various tools and save the annotations
* A backup facility to Dropbox etc
* The ability to use JPEG, TIF formats as well
* A printing ability
* Move between pages using Airturn bluetooth pedal
* A price point of £4.99 would be acceptable
Well, lets try to through these, one point at a time.

A dedicated music PDF app and nothing else: Well, obviously no. The transposable chord charts are a important addition and something that makes Fakebook Pro different from the other similar apps. I really like to be able to have set lists with mixed PDFs and chord charts, without having to switch between different apps. But that's me, and my gigs.

The ability to load PDF into a master library from various sources - Dropbox, Google Drive, Livedrive, Local drive: Yes, any remote and local storage supported by Android can be used to import new music. 

The list automatically indexed: Yes, but some help is needed to do this (as in all PDF sheet music apps). Fakebook Pro stores the necessary index data in PDFB files. Other apps have similar methods.

A simple way to create Set Lists from the master library without using copies: Fakebook Pro creates no copies when adding songs to set lists, only links in the song database.

Some meta information for the Set List tunes - eg Key, Genre, Free form notes: Key and genre is part of the metadata. Song key is visible in the list view and genre (style) is fully searchable (so that you can search for e.g. all bossa songs in the free text search). 

Moving between Set List or Master Index PDF should be very quick: Yes, changing lists (as well as changing pages in a song or list) is instantaneous. PDFs are pre-parsed at import and adjacent songs pre-loaded for smooth page swipes.

The ability to pinch zoom PDFs useful on smaller tablets: Yes, you can pinch zoom each page individually to match your preference. Chord charts can also be three-finger-pinched to adjust font size. 

All the features on Set Lists like adding/deleting/reordering: Yes, drag-and-drop, swipe to dismiss etc supported.

The ability to annotate PDFs with various tools and save the annotations: Yes.

A backup facility to Dropbox etc: Yes. Share backup via e.g. mail or remote storage.

The ability to use JPEG, TIF formats as well: Yes and no. JPEG and PNG is supported. TIFF not yet implemented.

A printing ability: Yes, standard Android print is supported.

Move between pages using Airturn bluetooth pedal: Yes. Airturn, PageFlip, iRig as well as others.

A price point of £4.99 would be acceptable: Yes, with good margin!


New Andronome Version - an Even Greater Metronome

The new version of the Andronome metronome has an updated look and feel, is updated to work with the latest Android versions and (most importantly) has some optimizations that will improve performance and help preserve battery life.
Both the free Andronome and the low cost Andronome+ are updated. Check them out!


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

- 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



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 ))


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!


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).