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UkeKiddinMe
04-27-2013, 06:39 AM
I have come across musicians in life who just keep everything in their head and never really write anything down.

I'm not one of those. :) I need to write stuff down.

I have been collecting chord charts for songs I like since I started playing last month, and I'm up to a nice 35 charts in my book.

Do you write out and keep chord charts to songs?

808boy
04-27-2013, 07:09 AM
It's a good idea with anything new. When I started my career, what ever I needed to remember, I would write notes about it. When recalling is needed, I would visualize what I wrote and didn't need to find my notes. It worked for me.
As far as uke stuff, yeah I have songs with lyrics and chords and refer to them as needed. Find a uke fret stamp so you can mark finger positions or use the number system.
Whatever works for you..............Bo.........

BIGDB
04-27-2013, 07:14 AM
I usaually don't write anything Down when I do a cover of a James hill song or something like that but when I try to arrange a song myself i usually tab it out so I don't forget

Kyle23
04-27-2013, 08:01 AM
I never used to, but then I would think "I want to play this song" and totally forget the chords all together so I started to write em down just a week ago haha

Tootler
04-27-2013, 08:21 AM
I write out words and chords to songs. I then try to learn them. If I'm going to sing a song 'out', I like to be able to sing without having to look at the words. I don't always succeed, but that's my aim. Some songs I learn quite quickly but others take a long time, often many months.

Ta2d_Katw
04-27-2013, 08:51 AM
Find a uke fret stamp...

Holy crap! I have never even heard of these being manufactured, but I am super stoked to know that they exist! (Sorry, noob moment.)

Anyways, I have always kept a notebook/folder of tabs/chords for songs I like. Even if I don't always use the to play, they are useful for passing along to friends.

Kanaka916
04-27-2013, 08:59 AM
Holy crap! I have never even heard of these being manufactured, but I am super stoked to know that they exist! (Sorry, noob moment.)

http://kani-ka-pila.com/wordpress/archives/1858

OldePhart
04-27-2013, 09:00 AM
I used to type them up on the computer - I have probably a couple hundred by now. I've gradually started trying to tweak them a bit for readability on my iPad.

John

Tootler
04-27-2013, 09:16 AM
I used to type them up on the computer - I have probably a couple hundred by now. I've gradually started trying to tweak them a bit for readability on my iPad.

John

I use a 14pt sans serif font and save to PDF in Dropbox on my Linux PC. Works fine on the iPad. It's also OK on a cheap Android tablet I keep upstairs for doing You Tube videos.

Pippin
04-27-2013, 09:19 AM
I just play by ear.

808boy
04-27-2013, 11:11 AM
http://kani-ka-pila.com/wordpress/archives/1858

The best size I found was at Long's Drug Store in Kihei, Maui. $4.99. Gave it to my daughter so I gotta get another one.
Check ebay.....inexpensive fo shua......................Bo...............

Kanaka916
04-27-2013, 11:29 AM
Had anodda one for sale on one fo the sites, foget which one!

Kanaka916
04-27-2013, 11:33 AM
I usually type 'em out on Word and print em when I need em. I'll usually convert to PDF for easier download.

tigersister
04-27-2013, 11:37 AM
http://kani-ka-pila.com/wordpress/archives/1858

Sweet! I've been looking for a self-inking stamp. Thank you, Kanaka916!

Kanaka916
04-27-2013, 11:50 AM
Sweet! I've been looking for a self-inking stamp. Thank you, Kanaka916!
There may be some cheaper ones available, suggest searching the net. I think the self inking ones are best, a bit more but convenient.
http://www.stampola.com/asp/product.asp?product=518&cat=47&ph=&keywords=&recor=&SearchFor=&PT_ID=
http://www.musicstampseries.com/mss/order2.aspx
http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/store/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=122

Loudster
04-27-2013, 11:53 AM
I have to have some kind of copy of songs kept somewhere so I don't forget. When I first started playing guitar years ago I tended to forget things easily so things I learned even sometimes as little as a couple months previously became hard to play. If I wanted to play those songs, well then I had to go back and look it up to remind myself what the chords were. I'm a lot better than I used to be with the chords now, and I think my muscle memory "capacity" for learning the chord progressions has really increased in time as well.

Now lyrics, there's a whole different ballgame. I can't remember those to save my life, ever. I'm not even confident that I could play more than maybe a small handful of songs on guitar or ukulele and actually remember all the verses... Which is the beauty of my ipad. I download tabs directly to it, I can even write tabs on it if I want, and I can look up lyrics for any song I ever want.

OldePhart
04-27-2013, 01:35 PM
I use a 14pt sans serif font and save to PDF in Dropbox on my Linux PC. Works fine on the iPad. It's also OK on a cheap Android tablet I keep upstairs for doing You Tube videos.

I use PDFs for my bass charts - I have developed my own "notation" loosely based on Nashville numbering that works great for that. My vision is very bad so I try to have the chord changes and timing hashes in 16 or 18pt font - with lyrics at around 10pt 'cause those don't really matter for me most of the time on the bass "gig."

For folks stuff with the uke I've always preferred my chords inline set off with brackets - very close to what has become the text markup for ChordPro and, therefore, OnSong on the iPad. Therefore, tweaking those files for OnSong is usually just a matter of adding parens inside the chord brackets (otherwise, when displayed inline, OnSong displays the chords without setting them off from the lyrics other than by color) and sometimes tweaking line lengths so I can keep the font at 16 to 18 point (my near to mid vision is a shambles, these days).

John

SailQwest
04-27-2013, 01:36 PM
I memorize stuff, usually from sheets, marked up as needed.

I rarely use sheets during "practice." I try to only use them when I'm actively working on learning a song.

mm stan
04-27-2013, 01:39 PM
the more songs you accumalate, the more you will forget....well I do....and it's always nice to have a reference to do so on hand...as time goes on... it's a good thing...
we all get older soon and it might come in handy...plus if your friends want a song, you can photo copy it in an instant....

cantsing
04-27-2013, 04:12 PM
Do you write out and keep chord charts to songs?

Yes, my memory is bad, so I create a PDF with the chords and lyrics for any song I might want to refer to. I generally don't print the PDFs--I play using my laptop screen, so I make sure the whole thing fits on one page so I don't have to stop to scroll while I'm playing. The exception is fingerstyle/chord melodies that span more than one page. I print those out and put them in a binder.

I use a private Wordpress blog to organize my collection. For each song, I create a post where I upload the PDF and add relevant reminders, such as notes about a strum pattern. I also include links to anything else that is related to the song, such as a performance I like or a tutorial if I used one. When I want to play a now-forgotten song that I "memorized" a year ago, it's easy to find on the blog.

Manalishi
04-27-2013, 10:19 PM
I have a ring binder folder with 250 songs in that
I play 'sometimes'.Then,I know about another 100
from memory.On top of that, I have a head full of
songs I learned on guitar,and if I feel like it,I can
just play those by using the chords (a C chord is
a C chord on any stringed instrument...)!

mm stan
04-27-2013, 11:10 PM
Yes some online links do abruptly close and you lose some songs...I save the ones I like the best....it's a way know you will always have them...

Cooper Black
04-28-2013, 03:01 AM
I have printed sheets for most every song I've every learned (assuming I learned it from a chart of some sort originally). The stack is almost two inches high and most of it is "memorized" LOL. Meaning, if I can remember I know the song in the first place, I can probably strum and sing through it PDG.

coolkayaker1
04-28-2013, 03:59 AM
www.chordie.com

register free, find song, click dropdown on right to ukulele, add to songbook, repeat :)

gitarzan
04-28-2013, 04:05 AM
I tab the songs I play in MSWord and save them as a .doc and print them to a .pdf file for portability.

I edit the songs in a fixed font such as Courier New or Consolas. I use no tab key only spaces.

Lyrics are in black and chords are in blue

Somewhere on the page I place a chord chart, if I am in a hurry I just take screenshot of a chord chart and paste the needed chords into an image and insert them somewhere on the document. If I have time I just do them in ASCII.

All gets uploaded onto my Google drive for easy access.

Shastastan
04-28-2013, 09:00 AM
http://kani-ka-pila.com/wordpress/archives/1858

Muchos Gracias, Amigo! I'm sending out that url to our uke club. I've tried Chordette, but this will work great with fakebooks!

ChaosToo
04-28-2013, 11:13 AM
I find chords and print them out. Lots of decent sites out there for that ....... :D

Nickie
04-28-2013, 12:50 PM
I have a pretty large song book that I constructed. It was lost on a trip, stolen, to be exact, and moslty replaced by a friend (Jay Nunes) as a gift. I have been rebuilding...
being short of memory and technologically challenged, i only know 3 songs with lyrics...I've tried and tried to "learn" more, but it just doens't happen. My songbook is priceless...if I leave it at home, I'm handicapped...

UkeKiddinMe
04-28-2013, 01:13 PM
... My songbook is priceless...if I leave it at home, I'm handicapped...

That has described me with my previous music experiences. No charts, not a whole lot of music stored in the brain. :)

Sporin
04-28-2013, 01:29 PM
I have to have chords and lyrics on paper (or on screen). I've tried to memorize songs and I'll often have the words down well but the words-lyrics connection ... ugh... my brain just can't keep it straight. No one seems to mind, even at open mic's, and I see lots of other folks who aren't off book so I don't beat myself up about it too much.

I have a couple of big binders full of songs, and a thin binder I'll move the songs I'm currently working on to.