Adding lyrics and chords to your songs

You can type or copy and paste lyrics and chords into your song records. Then a document button will appear in song lists, which you can tap to view the lyrics and chords. Read on for more details:

Note: Adding lyrics is similar to attaching documents, but not the same. You can use this comparison chart to understand the differences.

  1. To add lyrics to Set List Maker, tap the edit button for a song, then scroll down to the Lyrics field. You can type directly into the field, or copy and paste lyrics from a web page or a document.
  2. When typing in the Lyrics field, a toolbar will appear above the keyboard with buttons to sharp and flat symbols and other useful chord symbols.
    keyboard toolbar
  3. After entering lyrics, you can apply basic formatting—bold, italic, underline, left-align, center, right-align and color—using the formatting toolbar at the top of the Lyrics field. (This only appears on iOS 6 and later.)
    lyrics formatting
  4. If your lyrics include chord names, you can automatically set all the chords to a different color by choosing a color in Settings > Appearance > Chords Color. You can then override the colors for individual songs if needed.
    lyrics chords color
    lyrics chords color
  5. If you want your chords to appear on separate lines above your lyrics, you can add ChordPro-style square brackets around your chords. Then Set List Maker will position the chords directly above the text where they are inserted. The chords will only be aligned correctly if you set Settings > Appearance > Lyrics Font to Monospace. If you enter your chords in this way, you can also quickly switch them to inline display, or hide them, with the Settings > Appearance > Bracketed Chords options.
    lyrics chordpro
    lyrics chordpro
  6. Instead of placing chord names among the lyrics in the Lyrics field, you can enter just the chord progression into the Chords field. This field will then appear above the lyrics field when you view your lyrics, with the lyrics scrolling beneath it. You can resize the chords and the lyrics separately by pinch-zooming on the two separate areas of the screen. You can also toggle the appearance of the chords by tapping the divider line.
    lyrics chords
  7. You can automatically transpose your chords using the flat (b) and sharp (#) buttons at the top of the Lyrics and Chords fields. This transposes all the chords up or down a half-step at a time. To choose between enharmonic notes, Set List Maker will add a sharp if moving to a higher note or a flat if moving to a lower note. So if, for example, you have the chords E A B and tap the sharp button once, Set List Maker will change the chords to F A# C. You can change this to F Bb C by tapping the sharp button again to get F# B C#, then tapping the flat button to get F Bb C.
  8. After entering lyrics or chords, a new item will appear in the Documents list in the song edit window. If you're also attaching documents to the song, you can drag the "grip" icons to rearrange the sequence of documents and lyrics:
    documents button
  9. After saving the song, a document button Document button will appear next to the song whenever the song appears in Set List Maker. You can tap the button to view your lyrics full-screen in most windows, or within the document viewer in the song view in layouts that contain a document viewer.

When you view your lyrics from the Songs list or from a song in a show, you can use the following features:

  • Swipe up or down to scroll through long lyrics, or tap the top or bottom third of the lyrics to jump to the previous or next page.
  • Tap the left or right third of the lyrics to switch to adjacent documents, if documents are attached to the same song.
  • Pinch to resize the lyrics or chords text.
  • Double-tap the center of the lyrics to expand them to full-screen view. Double-tap again to exit the full-screen view.
    lyrics hotspots
  • Tap the document tools button in the top right corner to save the current text sizes, reset the text sizes, toggle the chords display or toggle full-screen display.
    document tools
  • From a show only: If an arrow appears in the document icon, tap it to begin auto-scrolling.
  • From the Songs list only: Tap the Email or Print buttons to email or print the lyrics.

Here are some additional notes about adding lyrics and chords:

  • If you are using an external display with an iOS device, that display will mirror your entire screen by default. Alternatively, you can set Settings > General Settings > External Display to Document, and then the external display will only show the lyrics and chords when you view them from within a show. Your show layout does not need to include a document viewer to use this feature, so you could view a list-only layout or other information on your device display and lyrics on your external display.
  • You can select the font used for all lyrics in Settings > Appearance > Lyrics Font. Chords always use the monospace font so that you can align your chords like a chord chart.
  • To choose between enharmonic notes when transposing, Set List Maker will add a sharp if moving to a higher note or a flat if moving to a lower note. For example, if you have the chords E A B and tap the sharp button once, Set List Maker will change the chords to F A# C. You can change this to F Bb C by tapping the sharp button again to get F# B C#, then tapping the flat button to get F Bb C.
  • If you are using the Chords field, or the Lyrics field with the Monospace font, Set List Maker will display flat symbols as a "b" character, because a real flat symbol is not sized correctly for chord alignment. You can still use real flat symbols when editing your chords, in case the flat symbol is supported better in future OS versions and this workaround is removed.
  • Set List Maker will recognize the letter H for a B chord and the letter B for a Bb chord if Settings > General Settings > German Chord Names is turned on.
  • Set List Maker will recognize solfege chord names if you surround them in square brackets in your lyrics. Set List Maker supports title case or upper case names (Do or DO) and supports Si or Ti for the seventh note when positioning and coloring, but only supports Si when transposing.
  • If the on-screen keyboard doesn't leave enough room for your content on a tablet in landscape orientation, you can try editing in portrait orientation, or try using the split keyboard on iOS.