Almost exactly what I need
Yankee in Houston write:
This is a good app!! I was looking for an app like this since I joined an Irish / Celtic band recently. I don't know the songs well and the paper copies are a real mess to use for practice or a casual gig. I wanted to easily find and import the songs I needed, import my own copies from the PC, zoom the font if I want, edit, scroll, etc. I tested or bought about five and this app is the winner.
I have tried Guitar Tab, Achording, SongBook Chordpro, Ultimate Guitar Tab and this one. Guitar Tab is a free app with a nice find and paste feature. Text can be zoomed, but not scrolled. Achording is ok, but you can only search and import... No ability to import your own. It does scroll, but no text zoom. Ultimate Guitar Tab is a joke. All these others go to tab sites and allow you to import the tabs. Ultimate Guitar Tab makes you buy a subscription. I eliminated that one quickly.
So, for my money, This app and SongBook ChordPro have the top features. Let's start with SongBook Chordpro. Some cool features and several killer faults. The only tab site seems to be Chordie, which is weak. it also does not bring in the chords over the correct lyrics, so it fails to deliver. If you can bring in the song in chord pro, this app is cool because you can click on a chord and get a chord diagram popup. You can copy a tab and add it manually rather easily, but you lose the chord pro features of transpose and clicking on a chord. You can scroll the song automatically and you can SAVE your chosen scroll speed. Best of all, you can import a song and transpose it from WITHIN the app! It also allows you to set colors and fonts and font size. But even with those fine features, it does not overcome incorrectly imported lyrics and chords and a weak search engine. Plus, it costs 4.99.
OK...... Let's talk about this app - GuitarBook. The search feature takes you to a Google page, which includes Ultimate Guitar tabs, my favorite. It is easy to import. Highlight the page in the tab, click the copy button, click settings, manual and paste your tab into a new screen. You can then easily use Pro codes from a drop down list to add a title, artist, key, whatever you want. The song itself is nicely displayed. You cannot zoom text or change font size, but, really, you do not need to. The site does not tell you this, but you CAN scroll the text. You can adjust the speed of scroll, but so far you cannot save the speed for each song. You can also import from a PC for any tabs you might have there, using iTunes. I actually find it easier to use the manual method. Simple and quick.
The app allows you to create categories and playlists and add your songs to each. It has a very good help section, whereas some others do not. So, after several weeks of searching, test driving and using, Guitar Book gets my vote. If saving scroll speed could be added it gets a 5 from me. If it would transpose, I'd give it a 6.