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Creating a New Song

To create a new song, go to the File | New Song menu item on the main window or click the Create new song button on the main window's toolbar.

You will see an empty dialog.  The example below is of a song that has already been created.  By default, the song will be created in the folder that was current when you click New Song.  You may change this by selecting one of the other folders in the drop down list, and the song will be added to that folder instead.

If the song has a number (e.g. a hymn number in a hymnal) enter that number in the Song Number field, otherwise leave this field empty.

Specify the title of the song in the Song Title field.

You can also add some comments in the Comments field.  These comments will show in the main window when the song is selected.

There are three tabs in the main area of the song dialog:


There are three main states for a song - it is either:
It is quite possible for the words of a song to be in the public domain, but not the music, or vice versa.  Specify whatever is appropriate for the song in question.

The screenshot above shows a song that is in the public domain.  All that is required in a case such as this is to specify the author.

The screenshot below shows a song that is under license.  In this case, as well as entering the author information, the copyright information is also entered, as well as the Copyright Code - i.e. the number that uniquely identifies this song within the licensing program that you have subscribed to.

Note: If you have selected CCLI as your third party license provider within Setup Options you will see "Covered by CCLI?" instead of "Covered by License?" and "CCLI Song Number" instead of "Copyright Code".  Compare the above screenshot and the below screenshot to see the difference.

Copy Words Info to Music Info - after entering the Words Information, you can copy this information across to the Music Information tab by clicking on the "Copy Words Info to Music Info" button.  Once copied, the information can then be modified in either tab as desired.

Finally, the screenshot below shows a song which is under copyright, and permission to use the song has been obtained direct from the author.  In this case, details about how permission has been obtained should be entered under Permission Details.


This is where you enter the lyrics for the song.  Below is an example of a complete song:

A song's lyrics are broken up into "sections".  A section may be a verse, or a chorus/refrain, or a bridge, or some other arbitrary grouping of lyrics.

To add a new section, click on the New Section button.  The following dialog will appear:

The dialog will try to predict what the next section is that you want to create.  If it is not correct, change it to whatever you want.  If it is a standard verse, simply select "Verse" and enter the verse number.  If it is a Refrain or Chorus, select the "Refrain / Chorus" entry.  If it is another sort of section, select "Other" and then type in the name of the section - e.g. "Bridge".  Click OK to return to the main song dialog

The new section will now be listed on the left-hand side of the Song Sections tab.  An empty area will be in the middle.  This is where you enter the lyrics for this section.

On the right-hand side of the Song Sections tab is the Order of Sections list.  A section may appear more than once in this list - the classic example is that of a Refrain - the software will automatically insert a "Refrain" section after every verse.  You can adjust this, however, by using the buttons to the right of the Order of Sections list.  You can add a section to the list (first button), remove a section (second button), or re-order sections (last two buttons).  Note that removing a section from this list does not delete the section - it will still be listed on the left-hand side under Sections.

The middle area in the Song Sections tab will always show the lyrics for the section that was last clicked on - whether this was in the "Sections" list or the "Order of Sections" list.  To change the lyrics, simply make the changes directly to the lyrics.  The changes will be automatically saved when you move to another section or click OK for the song.

To change the name of a section, click the Edit Section Name button.  To delete a section, click on the Delete Section button.  Both of these functions work on the currently selected section in the "Sections" list only.   

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