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Vocal vs. Syllable

I have been through a lot of ChordPro files as you can imagine. In regards to where the chords a placed in a text I noticed two approaches:

  1. The syllable approach
  2. The vocal approach

The Syllable Approach

In this approach, the chord is placed before (above) the syllable it is supposed to played to. Here is an example:

[Em] I've been to [C] Hollywood, [D] I've been to [G] Redwood [Em]
I crossed the [C] ocean for a [D] heart of [G] gold
[Em] I've been in [C] my mind. [D] it's such a [G] fine line

Which will render to:


Em 
I’ve been to  
C 
Hollywood, 
 
 
D 
I’ve been to  
G 
Redwood 
 
 
Em 
 
I crossed the  
C 
ocean for a  
D 
heart of  
G 
gold
Em 
I’ve been in  
C 
my mind.  
D 
it’s such a  
G 
fine 
 
line

The Vocal Approach

In this approach, the chord is placed before (above) the vocal it is supposed to played to. Here is the same example in that approach (notice that the ‘G’ in ‘Redwood’ is assigned to the ‘e’ now instead of the ‘R’):

[Em] I've been to H[C]ollywood, [D] I've been to R[G]edwood [Em]
I crossed the [C]ocean for a h[D]eart of g[G]old
[Em] I've been in m[C]y mind. [D] it's such a f[G]ine line

Which will render to:

 
Em 
I’ve been to H
C 
ollywood, 
 
 
D 
I’ve been to R
G 
edwood 
 
 
Em 
 
I crossed the  
C 
ocean for a h
D 
eart of g
G 
old
Em 
I’ve been in m
C 
y mind.  
D 
it’s such a f
G 
ine 
 
line

My Preference

I personally always used the vocal approach, even years ago when there was no ChordPro and I hammered down the song texts with a type writer on real paper. I don’t know why really. I guess it was always more intuitive to me.

What is your take on it? Leave a comment below if you like.

 

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12 thoughts on “Vocal vs. Syllable”

  1. Hi Nenad,
    no, at this point it is online display only. But not a bad idea though. I will look into that…

    Update:
    I liked the idea so much that I alreay implemented the print function in the new release 1.4.0. Check it out…

    Best regards
    George

  2. Hi, you ARE awesome !!

    I have one more issue, when i’m making changes in SETTINGS (H/B notation) and then making changes in FORMATTING , my saved config in settings are set back to default.

    Best regards
    Nenad

  3. Hi George,

    not working for me. I do save each tab before going to next.
    For example, i check B/H notation , then i press save, then on other tab i make change color for chords , also saving and when i’m back on previous tab H/B notation i not checked.
    I’m using latest version of WordPress.
    Best regards
    Nenad

  4. Also, i have idea about that B/H notation, if it’s possible, it would be very good if there was an option for notation like there is for printing and transpose.
    I have visitors on my website who use different notation.
    Best regards
    Nenad

    1. Ok, understand. I will check it out.
      let’s not misuse this page for further product issues. This is meant for the syllable discussion.
      Please submit a ticket from the top menu. You need to register but it is free.
      Thanks for your understanding,
      George

  5. Hello George, congratulations on the plugin .. it is very good.

    I noticed a small flaw .. when I select the letter and the cipher and paste it in a google or even word document, it doesn’t come with the formatting I configured in the plugin. Even when I paste the letter in a text document it doesn’t work.

    I went to the page that you left as a demonstration to do the test of copying the cipher available there and also presented the same formatting problem.

    A second thing that I realized is that when I print a letter, it has cut the margins.

    Anyway, the plugin has a lot of potential!

    A future feature … to place the chord design and when you change the tone, also change the chord diagram.

    Congratulations one more time.

    1. Hi Rodrigo,

      thanks for your good words about the plugin.
      However, I do not quite understand what you mean by “select the letter and the cipher”. Can you be more specific?

      Other than that, keep your hopes up for the new release I am already working on, introducing chord diagrams…

      Best regards,
      George

  6. Thank you for making this wonderful plugin.
    Is there any chance to make a mouseover event to display the guitar chrord? Thank you very much!
    a

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