PGSongBook Help

Help topics:

       Creating new songs
       The song screen
       Exporting Songs
       File Sharing
       The Chord Pro Format
       Magic Features
       External Displays

1.      From the artists or songs screen tap '+' at the top right corner.
2.      A screen will appear, where you can
o    Set the title of your new songs
o    Set the artist of a new song
You may choose an existing artist by tapping the button below the text field.
o    Link your new song with a song in your song library.
If you play the newly created song later, you will be able to listen to the linked song with a single tap. This is very useful if you want to know how some passages of the song sound in the version of your favorite artist e.g.
o    Enter your chords and lyrics in chord pro style like this:
      Thi[Am]s is a sample song
or in a style like this (spaces between chords):
       C                 G
     This is a sample song, too
(You may have to deactivate automatic points in the system settings to avoid typing points after every second space. Sometimes, PGSongBook cannot recognize a line as a chord line, because there are more normal words than chords in the line. Thus, you have to write [] brackets around the chords in such a line.)
(Also see:
The Chord Pro format)

With the improved song editor of version 1.1, you just have to select a word and tap one of the buttons in the menu bar to make the selected word a chord or comment or just set the cursor to the desired position and set start/end of chorus/bridge.
3.      Tap 'Done'.
4.      Navigate to your song.
5.      Enjoy playing it.

Since version 1.3, if you start creating a new song by setting a MP3, the app can fill all fields that are included in the MP3 song automatically.

PGSongBook includes an editor that will help you when you have to create or edit the chords and lyrics of a song.

Pinch with two fingers (like in Safari) to easily change the font size.

Using the different buttons in the footer bar helps you to insert Chord Pro directives. Some of them need a selected phrase before you can use them.
Tap the magnifier to search and replace a phrase/word/letter. If you have selected a phrase in your song content, the replacement will only affect occurrences of the searched string in your selection.
The magic wand opens the menu for magic features.

Tap the arrow buttons at the right side of the screen to scroll full pages up or down.
If you move your finger in the middle of the screen you may scroll to exact positions.
Tap the button next to the "Hide" button in the toolbar of the song screen to activate or deactivate Shake2Scroll.
With Shake2Scroll activated you just have to give the table, where your device lies on, a soft boot to scroll a full page down. (We do not take responsibility for any damage in connection with Shake2Scroll, but unless you misuse this function, there should not be any damage).
Since version 1.2, PGSongBook includes an additional AutoScroll feature that helps whenever you cannot use Shake2Scroll. Just swipe over the toolbar in the song screen from right to left and tap “AS” (for AutoScroll). The AutoScroll toolbar will appear, featuring a slider, which you can use to set the scrolling speed, and a button labeled with a triangle. Tap this button to start or stop Auto Scrolling, A second tap on “AS” will hide the AutoScroll toolbar again.
Since version 1.3, the AutoScroll speed is automatically saved for each song.
The linked (MP3) song in your iPod song library
Tap the 'Play' button in the tool bar to start the linked song.
If the
'Play' symbol is not enabled you have not linked a song in your iPod library with your guitar song.
To change the position in a song, tap the button to the right of the play button in the toolbar and use the slider that will appear.
Since version 1.1 there is an AB-Feature. It helps you to learn a special passage of a song. To mark the start and end of that passage, tap AB at that position while playing the MP3. To deactivate the AB-Mode tap AB again.
Transposing songs
Tap on the +- button and choose your desired interval.
Tap on the
+- button again to hide the picker again and apply changes.

Tap the export button (box with arrow; scroll toolbar on iPhone/iPod to reveal it) and choose the desired exporting mode.
If you export a song for File Sharing, you can download it from your device when you connect it to iTunes the next time. (Also see: File-Sharing)

With iTunes File Sharing, you can easily upload your own Chord Files to Perfect Guitar Song Book or download songs that you have created and exported in PGSongBook. PGSongbook supports Pages, Word, PDF, .tab, .txt, .pro and .chopro. Chord Pro songs may contain so-called Chord Pro directives. Unsupported Chord Pro directives are just ignored and not displayed in the song screen. If a Chord Pro file has a {title: Your Title} and {subtitle: Your Artist} at its beginning, PGSongBook will use the title (here: Your Title) as song title and subtitle as the song's artist (here: Your Artist).
1.      Connect your device with your PC/Mac and open iTunes.
2.      Select your Device in the 'Devices' list and choose 'Apps' from the top bar.
3.      Scroll down to 'File Sharing' and choose 'PGSongBook' from the left 'Apps' list.
4.      Click 'Add Files' and navigate to some files to upload them to the device or select files from the right 'Documents' list and click 'Save as' to download them to PC/Mac.
5.      To import songs, tap 'Import' at the top left corner of the 'Artists' or 'Songs' screen.

Deleting Songs

To delete songs, swipe over an entry in the list of songs (or an artist's songs/playlist's songs) from the left to the right and tap 'Delete'.

Editing Songs
To edit a song open it and tap 'Edit' at the top right corner of the Song Screen. You may then edit some fields. Save changes by tapping 'Done'.

Creating Playlists
o   Tap on 'Playlists' on the main screen and tap '+'.
o   Enter a name for your playlist.
o   Tap 'Tap to add songs' and choose some songs.
Selected Songs will disappear from the list.
o   If you have selected too many songs, you may delete them from the playlist in the 'Add Playlist' screen by swiping over them.

Editing Playlists
You can easily edit playlists by tapping the right button in the title bar and choosing 'Edit' after opening a playlist.

Exporting and importing playlists
Tap the right button in the title bar after opening a playlist, then tap 'Send' to send the playlist via email.
If you receive an email with an attached playlist, just tap the symbol of the file to open PGSongBook, which will automatically import the playlist.

Changing song’s order in a playlist
In the edit playlist or add playlist dialog, just tap and hold on the symbol with the three lines next to each song and move it to the desired position in the list.

Generating a PDF from a playlist
Tap the right button in the title bar after opening a playlist, then tap 'Send as PDF' to send the PDF via email or tap 'View as PDF' to view the PDF.
You will notice that each of the two entries appears twice in the menu, one of each followed by '(Desktop)'.
The difference is the links in the index of the PDF, which refer to the songs.
The links in the file generated for desktop will only work correctly on a desktop computer and not on a phone and vice versa.
The links included in the PDFs will not work in the 'View as PDF' dialog but in the song view (If you import a PDF generated by PGSongBook into PGSongBook) and in many PDF viewers for iOS (included iBooks) (non-desktop PDF version) and for desktop computers (Desktop version).

With PGSongBook you can easily use songs from nearly any page on the Internet:
1.    In the 'New Song' screen, enter title and artist of the song you would like to get from the Internet (And optionally choose a song in your iPod library to link with this song)
2.    Tap 'Tap to navigate to web page'. PGSongBook automatically pastes the artist and title in the URL of the built-in web browser (read this for more information) and sets up a search on your desired web page.
3.    Open any of the found songs. The song should be composed of chord lines (chord separated by multiple space characters or tabs) and text lines. Just select and copy the song (Sometimes just a long tap on the right of the song), navigate back to the 'New Song' screen and enter the text from the clipboard into the 'Chords and Lyrics' field (Hold your finger in the text field and tap 'Paste').
Info: there is a setting called Auto pasting that can make this process a little bit faster.

Sometimes, PGSongBook cannot recognize a line as a chord line, because there are more normal words than chords in the line. Thus, you have to write [] brackets around the chords in such a line.
If there are tab keys between chords instead of spaces, PGSongBook will ask you for the tabulator width in spaces and replace all tab characters with spaces.
Always check if you may use a song before copying from the Internet!

Hint: You can always open the URL, which you have visited before closing the browser by swiping over the navigation bar at the top of the screen from the left to the right.

Songs in PerfectGuitarSongBook are internally formatted in the widespread Chord Pro format. This means that chords and lyrics are combined in one line:
Hell[C]o, thi[G]s is a te[D]st song.
In the song screen songs are displayed as usual:
            C     G         D
Hello, this is a test song
(Chords are above the letter that follows after the "]")
(Some browsers may not display the text right, here)
This does not mean that you have to use the Chord Pro format to enter chords and lyrics.
You may enter separate chord lines and text lines, too.
When using the Chord Pro format, you may also use simple directives to format a song:
{start_of_chorus} or {soc}  (with brackets) sets the start of the chorus. PerfectGuitarSongBook will display the chorus with a gray background.
{end_of_chorus} or {eoc} sets the end of the chorus.

Chorus Example:
This is just a verse.....

This is the chorus

This is just another verse...
{start_of_bridge} or {sob} sets the start of a bridge. PGSongBook will display bridges with a gray background and a small 'Bridge' title.
{end_of_bridge} or {eob} sets the end of a bridge.
{c: Your Text} or {comment: Your Text} allows you to display blue comments.
{start_of_tab} or {sot} marks the following six (or multiples of 6) lines as the lines of a tablature diagram (each line represents a string)
{end_of_tab} or {eot} marks the end of a tablature diagram
{solc} marks the beginning of a long comment. Chords in long comments will not get merged into the text lines.*
{eolc} marks the ending of a long comment.*
{h} can be used to highlight a phrase in a song. Just place it once before and once after the phrase you want to highlight. This is the only tag that can start and end somewhere in a line.*
# lines with this character at the beginning will be ignored (and hidden) for the song screen

* These tags only work with PGSongBook and are no common tags of the ChordPro format.

With the improved song editor of version 1.1, you just have to select a word or set the cursor before/somewhere in a word and tap one of the buttons in the menu bar to make the word a chord or comment or just set the cursor to the desired position and set start/end of chorus/bridge.

These functions help you to complete incomplete songs.
Complete verse’s chords
Many songs from the Internet only have one verse that is provided with chords.
If you don’t know the chords by heart, it’s difficult the second or third verse without chords.
This feature helps you to easily transfer the chords from the first verse to all the others without chords.
Just choose this function from the magic features menu and follow the steps in the title bar.
Mark choruses
This feature automatically finds and marks choruses with the {soc} and {eoc} chord pro tag.
As this feature does not really work magically, the choruses cannot always be found.
The choruses should be introduced by a line containing “Chorus:” or “Refrain:”, otherwise they won’t be recognized.
Complete Choruses
Lots of songs contain only one complete chorus and referrals to this one complete chorus when the chorus should be played again later in the song.
This function pastes the complete chorus (if marked with {soc} and {eoc}) to the places where “Chorus” or “Refrain” is only referred. If one of these words is followed by x2 or 2x, the chorus will be pasted twice.

PerfectGuitarSongBook automatically detects connected external displays and displays songs on both the device's and the external screen.
Note that on devices that support screen mirroring, the whole app will be displayed on the external screen.

You can find the settings screen of PGSongBook in the Settings app on your device.
Web Browser
Start URL
: Sets the start URL of the built-in web browser.
With version 1.1, this URL may contain %a, which will be replaced by the artist of the currently edited song and %t, which will be replaced by the title.
With these two placeholders you can easily create URLs, which will start a search. E.g.: will start a search with your title and artist followed by the word 'chords'.
       Auto pasting (lyrics): If you have this function active and open the chords and lyrics of a yet empty song, the content of the clipboard will automatically pasted into the chords and lyrics field.
Shake2Scroll: Sets, whether Shake2Scroll is enabled or not when opening a song.
AS bar when opening: Sets whether the auto scroll bar is shown when opening a song or not.
Endless Shake2Scroll: If activated, PGSongBook will automatically scroll to the beginning of the song when the end of the song is reached with Shake2Scroll.
Big buttons: If activated, the full page scroll buttons will be displayed at the full display width like in versions until 1.2.
Buttons/Shake2Scroll scroll (%) of page: Here you may set the portion of the screen (in percent: 100% is a full page), that is scrolled when using the page-scrolling-buttons or Shake2Scroll.
Lock time after Shake2Scroll (0-10 sec): Shake2Scroll is locked after every scrolling (with Shake2Scroll) for x seconds.
Shake2Scroll sensitivity: Here you may set the sensitivity of Shake2Scroll. Choose a lower value, if you don't want scrolling by mistake. (There should be no need to use too low values. Values of more than half of the slider are usual.)
Delete file after importing: Activate this switch if you want PGSongBook to automatically delete successfully imported song files.
Font Settings Song Screen: Here you may customize the font of songs in the song screen.
Font Settings PDF: Customize fonts of the PDF files,which you can create with PGSongBook.
Printing Font Settings: Here you may customize the font of printed songs.
Logging: If activated, log files, that can help us to find bugs, will be attached to every email sent through the help screen.
Please only activate this if you are experiencing a bug and we asked you to send us log files!


  1. Hi, how to export files in pdf format to another application? I'm using iPhone6

    1. Hi!
      For songs, just scroll the song screen toolbar to the right until you see the export button, then choose to view as PDF. From there you can export to other applications.
      Please contact the support email address if you need more information.

      Kind regards,
      Florian Draschbacher

    2. Cannot see my 25 songs in the documents box in itunes having docked my ipad.
      Running latest itunes upgraded today.

  2. I can not access my songs. however go to my play lists and I can. or my artist list I can get them. worked find until now. on top of my screen the wprk import is showing with a line going half across my screen. help needed Thanks

    1. Hi! Completely closing and reopening the app will fix the problem. Please send an email to the support address if you need further assistance.

  3. Hi, I've been using the app pretty heavily for some time now, and I think it's high time I made a backup of the songs I've loaded (some 250 by now). Is there a way to do it in one go or should I do it one by one thorugh the export function? This issue is related also to the possibility of transfer of my library from the ipad to the iphone. Thenks in advence and cheers for the app, good stuff :)

    1. That was the same question I came here to ask. It's not clear to me that the backup of my iPad is also backing up the song files. How do we ensure that if our device was lost or damaged we'd be able to restore all the files?

    2. Sorry for this late reply. Please send me an email if you have questions regarding PGSB. All PGSB data is included in iTunes backups. For transferring / manually backing up the whole song library, create a playlist with all songs and send that as pgsongbooklist file to the other iOS device. The whole playlist can then be imported by opening the attachment from the email app.

  4. How would I enter a chord chart that is higher than the 9th fret? Say, 10,11,10,12,10,10?