GuitarBook is not importing your files?

February 2, 2011

The main reason why the files that you download to your device through iTunes are not imported into your list of songs is the configuration of text encoding. Some countries use encodings incompatible with UTF-8, which is the international standard.

The version 0.13 of GuitarBook offers a solution to this problem: on the settings screen, scroll to the section “Text encoding used to Importing music” and select another encoding. Do not worry about which one to choose, just do a test to see which works with your files.

After choosing a different encoding, re-import and see if all files were imported correctly. The next time you launch the App, it will remember your choice.

How to make a ChordPro file?

You can send files with the .TXT , .PRO , .CHO , .CHOPRO and .CHORDPRO extensions to your device. You can edit these files in the ChordPro file format, using any text editor like TextWrangler, Fraise, Notepad, etc.

The chordPro file format

ChordPro is a text format used to exchange music, well known by musicians worldwide, having its origins in the early days of the Internet. A chordPro file generally has one of the following extensions: pro, chopro, chordpro, cho, crd or txt. These files are used for the notation of the lyrics along with the chords. Use a search engine on the Internet to search large collections of chordPro formated songs.

In the chordPro format, the chords are written in brackets “[]”, and should precede the syllable of the word to which it applies. For example:

[C]Desde que [G]te conhe[F]ci

When processed, the result is:

C         G       F
Desde que te conheci

In addition to the lyrics and chords, you can also set directives (attributes or commands) written in brackets “{}”. The following directives are recognized by GuitarBook:

You can also enter comments that will not be shown when the music is processed by adding the symbol “#” at the beginning of the line. For example:

#this is a comment line.

ChordPro file example

{t:Até o Sol Sorriu Pra Mim}
{tags:acampamento, Gospel}

[Am6]Hoje eu acorde[Em6]i
[F7M9]e senti tudo diferente
[Am6]sei que já não per[Em6]tenço
a es[F7M9]te lugar
[Am6]As pegadas que [Em6] deixei
me mos[F7M9]travam essa ausência
tão presente
[Am6]que desa[Em6]pareceu quando
[F7M9]vi você chegar

e [Am]não dá [G]mais pra
o[F]lhar atrás
[Am]não dá [G]mais pra ser
[F]como antes

[C]Desde que [G]te conhe[F]ci
tudo mudou em mim
[C]desde que te [Dº]aceitei [F]
em minha vida sou feliz
[Am]quando você [G]segurou
a [F]minha mão
até o [Ab]sol so[Bb]rriu
pra [C]mim
até o [Ab]sol so[Bb]rriu

[Am6] | [Em6] | [F7M9] (2x)

#this song was kindly provided by
#audiovoltz to be part of this


{title:Another Song}
{subtitle:Another Artist}

This is[A]my song
I [G]like it very[C] much

And [D]this is the [C]chorus

#this line will not be printed

How to use the iTunes File Sharing

This is one of the most common questions in feedback form.

Connect your device and open iTunes

Select your device

Select your device on the left bar, in the “Devices” section, to view its properties.


Select the Apps tab in iTunes

Scroll all the way down to the File Sharing section after you click in the tab.


Pick GuitarBook in the Apps list

You will see the app documents directory in the right.


Copy the files to or from the device

You can drag-and-drop files to the box, or click in one of the buttons.


Import from iTunes to your device

Launch GuitarBook in your device, then go to the settings view, and select “import from iTunes”. All the files with the following extensions will be parsed and imported to the app database: .PRO, .CHOPRO, .CHORDPRO, .CHO and .TXT.


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