Edit song

Found under: Settings > Song Actions > Edit


The lyrics edit page follows the same formatting as the desktop version of OpenSong :

Additionally you can add line breaks | or section breaks || in your lyrics.  These only apply to songs that are projected to a second screen.

Any changes made are only temporary until you click on the SAVE button.

It is important to remember that lyrics are not 'wrapped' when displayed.  The lyrics will keep the lines intact to preserve chord formatting.

An example of a song is shown in the image, and the text for one of the verses shown below.

The lyrics edit tab

;Piano only for verse 1.

;All instruments join on the chorus


.G2                D/F#

 Love everlasting, love without measure,

.Em7                 D       

 Full of compassion, righteous and pure;

.C     G/B             Am7   C/D      D

 Is my Saviour's love, is my Father's heart.

[My tab]

;e |---5|--3-|

;B |---5|--3-|

;G |3---|0---|

;D |----|----|

;A |--3-|--3-|

;E |----|----|

[Alt tuning]

;D |---7|--5-|

;C |---4|--2-|

;F |5---|2---|

;D |----|----|


;F |----|----|

[Drum tab]


;S |----o-------o---||

;B |o-------o-------||

;  |1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 

Guitar tab or Drum tab

OpenSong songs by default do not understand guitar/drum tab.  However, as a way of keeping OpenSongApp cross compatible with the desktop version of OpenSong,  guitar tab can be added as a series of special 'comment' lines.  This means that the desktop app will see them as comments (i.e not use them for presentation), but in OpenSongApp, they will be formatted as mono-spaced font guitar tab. 

To enter guitar or drum tab lines, you can add them under a separate section, or anywhere within the song.  The format is the same each time:


; identifies the line as a comment.  XX is the string tuning (e.g. E,A,D,G,B,e,F#).  If the string tuning is a single character (e.g. G), it should be followed by a space.  String tunings with two characters (e.g. Eb) do not include the space.  This keeps the guitar tab lines in sync with each other.   Drum tab is virtually identical, however rather than string tuning, XX  refers to drum voices (e.g. CC for crash cymbals, B or BD for bass drum, etc.).  The final important part that identifies a tab line  is the bar start line |.

Tab lines can have any number of strings/instruments.  If you want to include a tempo or count line at the bottom, just format it with two spaces as the string tuning/drum voice.

Tab lines that are not correctly formatted will not be recognised by the app and will be shown using the default lyrics font rather than a monospace font which will cause improper alignment.  If your tab is not displaying correctly, you should check that you have formatted this correctly.

Advanced settings from the lyrics edit tab

Lyrics extra/advanced settings

Once you start making changes to the song lyrics, you will have access to the undo/redo buttons at the bottom of the page.

You can also click on the menu button at the bottom of the lyrics edit page to pull up additional settings.

#Piano only for verse 1.  All instruments join on the chorus


[G2]Love everlasting, [D/F#]love without measure,

[Em7]Full of compassion, [D]righteous and pure;

[C]Is my [G/B]Saviour's love, [Am7]is my [C/D]Father's [D]heart.

Main information

This tab contains the main details about the song (other than the lyrics).   It's up to you how much detail you include, but the more you put here, the easier it is to search for songs later. 

The main information tab

Song features

If you plan on using pads, autoscroll or metronomes with your song, this is where you can set the required information.

There are other song features that can be manually edited here such as MIDI information, Music score and Link, but these are better edited on their specific action pages.


This is where you can store additional information to tag songs in searches and additional song information.

If you have a connected BeatBuddy pedal, the Song name field is used to match a folder/song on your BeatBuddy database (you can select the default database or even better, your imported database).  If a matching song is found, this will be filled in automatically, or it can be assigned manually by browsing the list of songs found.  If you have selected 'Automatically send BeatBuddy song' and a matching song has been found on your BeatBuddy database (and the device is connected over MIDI), the app will send the song selection information and the name of a drum kit (if not set, the default kit for the song will be used).  The tempo and time signature saved with the song will also be sent over MIDI.  Whilst the BeatBuddy will ignore this time signature (as it is set into the song selected), the information can pass through MIDI to connected devices such as an Aeros loop studio.