Piano Songbook in Minutes
Chordpainter creates songbooks of piano songs as chord diagrams without any knowledge of music notes. What has always been standard for guitarists, Chordpainter now also creates this for piano players.
Simply input chords via midi or enter them manually. The chords are automatically recognized and can be edited or renamed as desired. Then simply print or export as pictures, by email or into Dropbox
A short introduction to how Chordpainter works
Control Center
All in an Overview: from the chord display to configuration settings and online help. Within the Control-Center you could manage any number of songs and the demo PDFs show what's possible.

To create a new song, it will be created in the song library and filled with chords using the workflow below

  • Import chords via midi keyboard or piano and save via trigger pedal or key. Alternatively, the chords can also be entered manually and added with the + key.
  • In the chord list all chords can then be sorted or edited. It is also possible to rename the chords and of course, single notes can be corrected or added.
  • Via the song view you can then check the chords in the overview or use them directly as a base for playing. It is also possible to export as a PDF or a print the chord sheet to a wireless printer
  • Finally the song is saved in the song library and can be exported from there. As pictures, by email or in the Dropbox.
  • By using these pictures, you can create your own songbook with lyrics and the chords. Of course, you could also simply save the chord overview as PDF and use this as your songbook
The MIDI trigger for saving chords can be configured like you prefer. Chordpainter offers different variants to export chords and the PDF with the chords can be printed directly on printers via AirPrint.
Define the Midi Trigger

Midi Trigger

Transpose Midi Input

Input Mode

Song Management

Song Library

Demo Songs

Demo Songs

Songbook Export

How to build up your chord songbook and use it in other apps

Export as Images
Saving the pictures in the Gallery on the iPad is fast and you have the images in direct access. However, there are also disadvantages: the pictures are numbered by iOS and therefore you can not be 100% sure that the order is correct. In addition, there is no information for the song the chord images belongs to
Export via Email
Sending the chord images by email is probably the easiest way. The song name is always filled as subject to the mail and all pictures are numbered correct. The only small downside would be the lack of a central location for storing chord images for all songs. A standard email address can be specified
Export into Dropbox
The Dropbox provides an optimal central location for all songs and the associated chord images. For each song, a separate directory is created in the \Apps\ChordPainter folder where all chord images are saved. Of course you need to have a Dropbox account. Registration to the Dropbox is saved and can be reset in the APP Settings
Export as PDF
The page view shows all chords in an overview as a songbook and allows exporting as a PDF file for your songbook. ChordPainter also offers a series of demo songs to copy them into the song library. For some songs, I also created a special songbook page labelled BOOK. For all other demo songs, the normal chord PDF is displayed