iOS Manual

Yes. Any application that was built for the iPad works on the iPad mini.
There are a couple of ways to print a song chart.
Open the song you would like to print and tap the Send button.

  1. Email a printable image of the song chart as a PDF or JPEG. An email that includes the song as an attachment will be generated.  The resolution is not very high so if you scale the image it might get a little blurry.  If you use an iPad you’ll get a higher resolution image that looks better when printed.
  2. Select the Print button which activates AirPrint (wireless printing from your iOS device).
Creating a New Playlist
There are three ways to create a new playlist:
1. Open the Playlists index, tap on Edit and tap on + New Playlist.
2. While viewing a song chart tap on the playlist button in the lower right corner then select + New Playlist.

3. While browsing the Songs index, swipe the song name, Add to Playlist, select + New Playlist (this does not work on iPad).

Changing the Order of the Playlists
Go to the Playlists index, tap Edit then drag the handle on the far right up or down to change the order of the playlists.

Deleting a Playlist
There are two ways to delete a playlist:
1. Go to the Playlists index, swipe across the playlist name, tap Delete (to cancel, tap anything else).
2. Go to Playlist index, tap on Edit, press minus button on the left, tap Delete (to cancel, tap anything else).

Renaming a Playlist
Playlists index->Edit->tap playlist name;
Rename then press Save.

Adding a Song to a Playlist
There are two ways:
1. While viewing a song chart tap the Playlist icon, tap the desired playlist name or create a new one.
2. In the Songs index swipe the song name, select Add to Playlist (does not work on iPad).
Note: You cannot add a song more than once to a playlist.

Deleting Songs in a Playlist
Go to the Playlists index, open the playlist you would like to edit. Now you can either swipe the song you want to delete or tap the Edit button and tap the red - (minus) button followed by the Delete button (to cancel, tap anywhere else).
Note: deleting songs from a Playlist does not delete the song from your library nor any other playlist.

Changing the Song Order in a Playlist
Go to Playlists index, open the playlist you would like to edit, tap the Edit button. Drag the handle on the far right up or down to change the order a song.

To sort the songs alphabetically, you can tap the Sort button in the lower left corner when viewing a playlist.

Transpositions and Playlists
As when transposing a song from the main Songs index, transpositions made of songs in playlists are saved. The saved transpositions are independent and that allows for a song to appear in different playlists with different transpositions. For more information see the section, Transposing a Song.

Sending a Playlist
A playlist can easily be shared with other iReal b users in the Forums or with other editing programs like the Mac Editor or the Web Editor. While viewing a playlist tap on the send button:

From here you’ll have two choices -

  1. Email - an email containing the playlist code in a link format (also includes a useful list of the included songs) will be generated.
  2. Post Playlist to Forums - the playlist code will be saved in the clipboard of your device so it can be used in the Forums with a ‘Paste’ command. Note: sending playlists via email to yourself is a good way of making a backup of that playlist.

Importing Playlists

From an email - open the Mail App on your device, navigate to the email containing the playlist code link, tap on the link. iReal b will now open and import the playlist. You will now have the newly imported playlist added to the Playlists index where you can access it.  If the playlist comes from the Mac version of iReal b you will need to first open the html attachment and then tap on the link.

From the Forums - tap on the Forums tab and wait for the page to load. Navigate to the desired forum and tap the link of the desired playlist. The new playlist will be added to the Playists index.

Note: in both cases, if any of the songs in the incoming playlist are not already in the song library they will be added as User songs.

Merging Playlists
You cannot currently merge playlists within iReal b, but you can easily use the Web Editor or the Mac Editor for this and then send the resulting merged playlists back to your iOS device.

The player adheres to specific rules when it interprets the chord progression in a song chart.
Rather then simply reading from beginning to end it tries to decipher the form by recognizing repeat bar lines, 1st, 2nd and 3rd endings and other rehearsal marks such as D.C. al Coda or D.S. al 2nd Ending.

Rehearsal Marks
The in (intro) and V (verse) rehearsal mark indicate a section in the song that will only be played once at the very beginning. Subsequent choruses will start after the intro or verse indicated by the presence of an ABC or D rehearsal marks.

Repeat Bar Lines

The first 8 bars will play twice. Make sure in your charts to always pair an open repeat bar line with a closing one.
You can also add a text indication like 3x4x...Nx within the repeat section and it will be repeated N times.

In conjunction with repeat bar lines, 1st, 2nd and 3rd endings are also recognized.

Here’s a 3rd ending which needs an accompanying D.C. al 3rd ending or D.S. al 3rd ending to work correctly.

Rehearsal Indications
D.C. (Da Capo) indicates that the form goes back to the very beginning (including eventual Intro or Verse) of a piece and it needs to be paired with an indication of what to do after going back to the top.
D.C. al Fine also needs a Fine to indicate where the form ends. This results in an ABA form.

D.C. al Coda also needs a coda sign and an actual coda.  The Coda will be played in each chorus as part of the form resulting in an AABA form.

D.C. al 2nd ending also needs a Fine to indicate where to stop after going to the 2nd ending. This goes back to the top but then skips the 1st ending and goes straight to the 2nd ending.

D.S.
The previous three examples also apply to D.S. (Dal Segno) but with the inclusion of a Sign.
D.S. al Coda needs a Sign, a Coda sign and a Coda.

Coda
In the examples above we saw the use of Coda in conjuction with D.C. and D.S. which both make the coda a part of the form. If you would like to add a coda not as part of the form but as a coda only played at the very end of the song, don’t add any D.C. or D.S. indications. Simply add a Coda symbol within the song (not required) where you want it and then a Coda at the end of the chart (required).

In the above example only during the very last chorus take the Coda.

Commonly Used Rehearsal Text Indications
Included in the editors to assist you.

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The Player recognizes other special symbols such as N.C. (No Chord) which will result in the piano and bass dropping out for the duration of the N.C.

The Single and Double bar repeats:

Chord Qualities
The player recognizes all the chord qualities that are included in the editor but also recognizes a few of the commonly used custom chords such as 7+ (uses 7#5), m#5 (uses -b6) and more.

Chord Spacing in Bars
The player can read bars of different length, but the chords within the bar need to be properly spaced to indicate what beat they occur on.
Currently, supported note length values for chords are whole notes, half notes, quarter notes and (in 3/4 time signatures) dotted quarter notes.
If an error message appears about chord spacings when you play your own charts, this means that the player is not able to calculate the length of chord relative to the other chords in the same bar.  It is important to position the chords spatially so they clearly indicate their length.

An example of unclear chord length.

While this will play successfully.

If you leave the first beat or beats of a bar empty they will simply be ignored. For example, if you want the the first two beats of a bar to continue playing the chord from the previous bar, add slashes to those two beats.
This will play correctly:

while this:

will sound like:

Note: Blank bars are ignored completely, this includes empty space (no bar lines) anywhere in a system, for example, the empty space before a 2nd time bar where it starts mid-system to line up vertically with the 1st time bar. This means you’ll have to add the % (repeat bar) sign if you want the chord from the previous bar to repeat.

Note on Error Messages
After pressing the Play button, the audio begins to construct before it starts playing. If there are problems with your chart, error messages tell you what is wrong and the bar number of the error. It counts from the first bar and keeps on counting up through any repeated sections.
For example, if a song has a repeated A section of 8 bars, then a B section of 8 bars and an error is found in bar 18, this is the 2nd bar of section B
(A8 + A8 = 16 + B2 = Bar 18)

END Charcter
A special END character controls the functioning of the Player.
While playing the last chorus, the Player will end the song with a Fermata at the bar indicated by the END character. This is useful for a song that includes a turnaround at the end that goes to a chord that is not the final chord.
If no END character is present, the Player will look at the final chord; if it’s the root or the dominant of the key signature it will play a root chord, otherwise it will simply end on the last chord.

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Any song chart can be transposed to any key signature. Tap anywhere on the song chart to reveal the tab bars. The button in top right corner will indicate the current key signature of the song and will be preceded by the ♢ character if the song is not in the default key signature.
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Tap the button indicating the key signature, choose a new key signature and press the Done button.
All transpositions are saved, so next time you open iReal b the songs you’ve transposed will be in their new key.

If you play a transposing instrument you can change the Global Transposition in the settings to match the key of your instrument.

In global transposition mode, the transposition will be indicated under the song title - the transpose button however, will still indicate the concert key.

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This way of transposing sometimes yields some unusual enharmonics.For more control over the transposition of each chord it is recommended that the transposition function occurs in the editor.

Additionally, there is the option of number notation (Nashville System) to display a song (this can also be defined globally in the settings).

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  • The Player function generates piano (guitar for some styles), bass and drums accompaniments for practicing.
  • iReal b provides three base styles – Jazz, Latin and Pop.  Each of these has a subset of further styles to choose from.
  • The Player generates accompaniments by reading the chord progression in the charts and also by following rehearsal instructions such as D.C. al Coda or D.S. al 2nd Ending.
  • It plays the 50 exercises currently included in iReal b’s library and it can play most user-generated song charts as long as they follow some simple layout rules.
  • It generates accompaniments with random rhythmic variations in the various instruments’ patterns, making each chorus sound different and spontaneous.
  • It plays all of the times signatures available in the iReal b Editor including odd time signatures, such as 5/4, 7/4 and 7/8. It even allows mixed meters opening the possibility for many other time signatures (you must use the Editor to change the time signatures).
  • The songs can be transposed and will playback in the new key.
  • Any song will playback in any of the available styles, although some styles obviously sound better with particular songs or time signatures.
  • Sections in songs are recognized and marked with drum fills.
  • Automatically generates an ending for all songs.
Thanks to the larger screen, the iPad Editor displays most of the symbols and functionalities on the same page.

The dashed gray line indicates the actual size of the iPhone screen. Any chords added below this line will cause the layout to squeeze to fit on the screen.
Note: to keep charts readable on the small iPhone screen a maximum of 12 staves is allowed and to avoid any squeezing of the layout at all, one should use 9 or less staves.

Chords
Using the keyboard simply type the desired chords pressing ‘Next’ when done to move to the next cell.
Press  to move to the previous cell.
You can also tap anywhere in the song view to move the cursor to the desired position. To choose a specific chord quality you can press the ‘Quality’ button to display a list of available qualities (only possible if you already have typed in a root).

The predefined chord qualities are arranged in groups and distinguished by color. The most common qualities are listed just below the clear square box and have a white background. Next, in green, are the major qualities, followed by the minor qualities in orange, dominants in yellow and sus in purple. Above the empty clear box in beige, are the abbreviated and short qualities.

The two buttons ‘S’ and ‘N’ allow you to change the size of the chords starting at the current position of the cursor up until the next chord size marker.
The ‘Chord’ button will let you switch between inserting regular chords and alternate chords when the button will display ‘Alt. Chord’.

Symbols
Symbols can be added or removed with this set of buttons. 

Depending on where the cursor is, the buttons will highlight which symbols are present in that particular position.
Press the highlighted button to remove the symbol or press another symbol to add/replace it.

Text
To add text at the current cursor position simply type it in this text field -

Pressing the ‘Text’ button will present you with a list of commonly used texts (e.g. D.C. al Coda, D.S. al Coda, repeat times up to 8x) that are also understood and interpreted by the Player.
The two arrows will allow you to move the text up or down.

Song Info
The ‘Edit Song Info’ button allows you to edit the title, composer, style and key signature of the song and it works exactly as the iPhone editor Info tool.


Other Buttons


This is the 'Undo' button


Delete Beat’ and ‘Insert Beat

The ‘END’ button inserts an END character used for the Player to indicate where the playback should end during the last chorus.

Following the ‘END’ button you’ll find the one bar repeat, the two bars repeat and the N.C. indicating No Chord.

The following buttons are help buttons for chord inputing. Most of these symbols can be obtained with the regular keyboard but to simplify and speed up typing they have been added above the keyboard.
The two exceptions are the red oval button indicating an invisible root and the back button that moves the cursor back one cell.

Select, Copy and Paste
Drag a finger across the area of the song you would like to select (this currently only works by starting at the top of the desired area and dragging downwards).
A menu will appear that will let you choose from CutCopy and Delete.

Cut - the selected area is removed, moving the remaining part of the chord progression back.
Delete - will clear the content of the selected cells without removing them.
Copy - will save the content of the selected area to the clipboard.
To paste it double tap at the location you would like it and select Paste.

Layout
The Editor on the iPhone (and iPod Touch) has three main areas -

  • Editing area - the upper half of the screen is where you see the song being edited and can be scrolled up and down to reveal the whole song. A blinking cursor indicates the location being edited. To move the cursor stepwise you can use the two arrows in the toolbar below or you can simply tap anywhere you want it to move to.
  • Toolbar - the middle section of the screen, where you switch between the different editing tools.
  • Tool area - the bottom half of the screen where you’ll find the editing tools to add chords, symbols and text to the song chart.

The dashed gray line indicates the actual size of the iPhone screen.
Any chords added below this line will cause the layout to squeeze slightly to fit on the screen.

Notes:

  1. To keep charts readable on the small iPhone screen, a maximum of 12 staves is allowed and to avoid any squeezing of the layout at all, use 9 or less staves.
  2. Undo is enabled in the iPhone editor by shaking your device.

Chords
The first tool selectable from the toolbar is the Chords tool (the editor opens up to this tool by default).
The Chords tool has four picker wheels -

  • the first one sets the size of the chord
  • the following three are used to set the root, quality and inversion respectively.
  • the last picker wheel allows you to switch between regular chords and alternate chords (in small font above the regular chords). Note: you cannot add slashes or repeat bar symbols in the alternate chord position.

To set or change a chord, move the cursor to the desired location (if a chord is already present the picker wheels will position themselves to spell out the selected chord).
Now you can set your chord, starting always from the root and moving onto quality and inversion.
You cannot set a quality and/or inversion without first selecting a root.
To remove a chord select the square empty box in the root picker wheel.

If you must display a quality or inversion without having a root, select the Invisible Root -

The passage will look like this when exiting the editor as the light red dot is just a place holder in the editor:

In addition to the expected root names, the root picker wheel offers 4 extra symbols to choose from.

N.C. - No Chord
The next two symbols indicate two bar repeats and one bar repeats.
/ - slash symbol which indicates a beat of the previous chord.

None of these symbols can have a quality or an inversion attached to them.

Here’s an example -

The quality picker wheel helps to easily select what kind of chord you would like to have.
The predefined chord qualities are grouped together and each group is distinguished by a different color.
The most commonly used qualities are the ones just below the clear square box and have a white background, then -
green - major qualities
orange - minor qualities
yellow - dominants
purple - sus
Above the empty clear box in beige, are the abbreviated and short qualities, and finally at the very top you find the 'Custom' quality option.

When selecting custom quality you’ll be presented with a text field for entering the custom quality and the keyboard will appear.

In the text field you can type the custom chord quality that will appear next to the selected chord root.
Note: If you intend to use your chart with the built-in Player, custom qualities are not recommended, as only common qualities will be recognized and interpreted by the Player.
Pressing the Done button will remove the keyboard and the text field and bring you back to the Chords tool.

Chord Size
The first picker wheel in the Chords tool changes the size of the chords.
The default size is called Normal and wherever possible, this is the recommended setting. When many chords need to be displayed close to each other, select the Small size. You will see a small red 'S' appear in the current cursor location which means that from that position on, all the chords will be displayed in a smaller font until a Normal size character ('N') is encountered. The N works in the same way that all chords will be displayed at normal size until an S is encountered.
The red S and N characters will not be visible once exiting the editor.
Use the clear square box to remove any S or N characters from the song chart at the cursor position.

Symbols
The second tool on the toolbar is the Symbols tool where you find all music symbols supported in iReal b and some useful editing functions using one of six picker wheels.

The first picker wheel is used to add, remove or change Time Signatures anywhere in the song chart from the 12 currently available time signatures.

The second picker wheel has all the available Rehearsal Marks plus a few other symbols. You can select from V (verse), in (intro), ABC or D.
Any given cell can also include a Segno, a Coda or a Fermata sign also selectable through this picker wheel by rotating further down.

Further down in the second picker wheel you’ll find the red END character used for the Player to indicate where the playback should end during the last chorus.

The third and fourth picker wheel are used to add, remove or change opening and closing bar lines respectively. The available bar lines are: single, double and repeat for opening and closing plus the thicker final bar line for closing.
Note: ‘Opening’ and ‘Closing’ indicate left and right position respectively, in relation to the current position of the cursor.

The fifth picker wheel has the repeat ending numbers: 1st2nd and 3rd ending plus an empty ending mark that can be used for custom repeat indications by adding your own text using the Text tool (e.g. “Open”, “On cue”...).
Note: Custom ending indications are not interpreted by the Player.

The last picker wheel in the Symbols tool has two editing functions: Delete Beat and Insert Beat when scrolling up above the neutral position.
Delete Beat - removes the current cell, moving the rest of the chord progression backwards one beat/cell. To delete a whole beat you’ll need to choose the Delete Beat four times (if that’s how many cells were used for the bar).
Insert Beat - adds a blank cell in the currently selected position shifting the following part of the chord progression of one beat/cell forward.

Below the neutral position in the last picker wheel of the Symbols tool you’ll find the vertical spacers that shift the layout of the chord progression downwards to three different distances.
To eliminate a previously inserted vertical spacer select the clear square box in the same picker.

Text
The fourth tool selectable is the Text tool, used to add text below or above the staff.

The two arrows allow you to move the text up or down

The List button on the left provides commonly used texts (e.g. D.C. al Coda, D.S. al Coda, repeat times up to 8x) that are also understood and interpreted by the Player.

Song Information
The last available tool is the Info tool where you can edit the title, composer, style and key signature of the song.

Title - you cannot use a title already in use in the song library or another user song.
Style - type in your own style name or choose one of the existing or previously typed ones.
Key Signature - Set the base key of a chart by selecting a key signature and tapping the Set button or change the indicated key signature of an existing chart to a new key by tapping Set and Transpose.

Composer - provide separate first name and last name. If the song has multiple composers, include only the last names separated by dashes in the last name field.

Select, Copy and Paste
Drag a finger across the area of the song you would like to select (this currently only works by starting at the top of the desired area and dragging downwards).
A menu will appear that will let you choose from CutCopy and Delete.

Cut - the selected area is removed, moving the remaining part of the chord progression back.
Delete - will clear the content of the selected cells without removing them.

Copy - will save the content of the selected area to the clipboard.

To paste it double tap at the location you would like it and select Paste.

The Player recognizes all the time signatures provided in the editor.

This is how they are interpreted -

  • 4/4, 3/4 and 2/4 simply play as written in all styles
  • 2/2 plays as 4/4
  • 3/2 plays as 3/4 + 3/4
  • 5/4 plays as 3/4 + 2/4
  • 6/4 plays as 3/4 + 3/4
  • 7/4 plays as 4/4 + 3/4
  • 6/8 plays as 2/4 so a triplet based style like Afro 12/8 is recommended for this time signature
  • 7/8 plays as 2/4 + 3/8 and does not work with triplet based styles like Swing and Afro 12/8
  • 9/8 plays as 3/4 so a triplet based style like Afro 12/8 is recommended for this time signature
  • 12/8 plays as 4/4 so a triplet based style like Afro 12/8 is recommended for this time signature

Time signatures can change within a song, for example, for each section and as often as each bar.  This allows you to create sophisticated compound time signatures.
Here’s an example of 9/4:

Note: 4/4 is the default time signature if none is chosen at the beginning of a song.

The general tab bar contains the Hub, which is the navigation center for other set-up features and settings.

Choose your clef for the Chord Scales diagrams (In-app purchase required)

Player

  • Turn on/off the marker that indicates the position of playback
  • Turn off Background Audio to allow iReal b to function in conjunction with iRig/Amplitube and other guitar connection kits.  The Background Audio is also tested to work with Apogee Jam in conjunction with the app Ampkit.
     Note: tapping the information symbol provides detailed instructions on how to use iRig/AmpliTube with iReal b.
  • Chord diagrams anticipation: allows you to set when a guitar chord, piano chord or chord scale diagram appears before the actual chord plays (up to one second).
To purchase additional Styles Packs, Guitar Chords, Piano Chords or Chord Scales, open the Store in the Hub from -

  • the tab bar on any of the Songs, Composers, Styles or Playlists indexes,
  • or from a Song Chart (first tap on the screen to reveal the tab bar),

Once inside the Hub open the Store.

Once inside the Store choose the extra feature you desire.
You can preview the styles included in each Style Pack, watch a demo and make the In-App purchase.

Note: If you have already purchased the Styles Pack/Chords/Scales, you will not be charged again to download it to your device.

Back in the Store section, a check mark will indicate that the Styles Pack/Chords/Scales has been purchased.

The Libraries for the Guitar Chords, Piano Chords and Chord Scales will appear and then be accessed in the Hub only when the In-App purchase has been made.

To open the Player, first open a song that you’d like to play and press the ♫ button at the bottom of the screen.

When the Player opens you can simply tap the Play button to start the accompaniment.
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The first large button switches between Styles Packs and the styles included in the selected Styles Pack.

Set the tempo two ways -

  1. With the Tap button, simply tap it out.
  2. With the slide and fine tuned with the + and - buttons next to the tempo marking.

The next option [: 3 :] indicates the number of times the song will be repeated.

You can choose a one, or two-bar Count In before playback, and you can also turn off the click during count in.

At the bottom of the Player you'll find from left to right:

  • Practice settings (automatic tempo change and automatic transposition)
  • Guitar Chords (requires In-App purchase), to display guitar chord diagrams during playback.
  • Piano Chords (requires In-App purchase), to display piano chord diagrams during playback.
  • Chord Scales (requires In-App purchase), to display chords and scales suggestions during playback.
  • Mixer, to adjust the volumes of the individual instruments and reverb.
  • Export, you to export the audio as a WAV, AAC (m4a) or MIDI file.

During playback, each bar is highlighted in grey as it is played and a number in the top right corner indicates what chorus is currently playing.

Note: in landscape mode the page automatically scrolls to reveal the current playback location.

During playback if you change the tempo, the style or another setting, the change won’t take effect until you regenerate the song by pressing the Play button again.

This will be indicated by the flashing Refresh button.

To loop playback a section of the chart, tap and hold a bar,

then drag to select the bars to loop.

Songs
In the Song View tap the screen to reveal the tab bar at the bottom of the screen.
Choose the Export button.

Share the selected song -

  • Email - an email containing the song code in a link format will be generated on your device's default mail app.
  • PDF - a pdf of the song chart will be created and you will have the choice of emailing it (as above) or to open it with other apps on your phone that support pdf.
  • JPEG - a jpeg of the song chart will be created and you will have the choice of emailing it (as above) or to open it with other apps on your phone that support jpeg.
  • Post to Forums- the song code will be saved in the pasteboard of your device. From here you'll be redirected to the forums on your Mobile Safari where you'll be able to add your song to a post using the pasteboard.

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Warning: when sending a song via email or posting to the Forums, any transpositions that are made will not be retained – the song will remain in its default key.

  • MusicXML - This will create a chart in MusicXML format containing all the chords and rehearsal indications, with empty bars for you to add melodies or solos. MusicXML can be opened by Finale, Sibelius and other music notation software.
  • Print - Send the song chart to a connected printer.

Playlists
A playlist can easily be shared with other iReal b users in the Forums or with other editing programs like the Mac Editor or the Web Editor. While viewing a playlist tap on the send button:

From here you’ll have two choices -

  1. Email - an email containing an attachment with the playlist code in a link format (also includes a useful list of the included songs) will be generated.
  2. Post Playlist to Forums - the playlist code will be saved in the clipboard of your device so it can be used in the Forums with a ‘Paste’ command. Note: sending playlists via email to yourself is a good way of making a backup of that playlist.

Warning: when sending a playlist via email or posting to the Forums, any transpositions that were made to any songs in the playlist will not be retained – all the songs will be in their default key.

In the iReal b Forums you can find help and useful information about all things iReal b and you can download a large number of user contributed songs as well as sharing your own. There are three ways to access the Forums from your device -

  1. From the Songs, Composers, Styles and Playlists indexes, tap the button at the top, left corner
  2. Hub->Support->Forums
  3. From the SongsComposersStyles and Playlists indexes and within Song Charts, tap the Hub button on the tab bar (in a song chart, tap anywhere on the screen to bring up the tab bar), then Support, then Forums.

To import songs or playlists from the Forums to your iOS device, navigate to the desired song or playlist and tap the link (it is not necessary to be a registered user).

To publish your own songs and playlists on the forums you do need to register.
Choose the song or playlist that you want to post and tap the Share button followed by the Post to Forums button.

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From here you'll be redirected to the forums on your Mobile Safari where you'll be able to add your song/playlist to a post using the pasteboard.

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Browse the song library by title, composer, style or playlist via the tab bar at the bottom of the screen on iPhone and iPod, and at the bottom left of the iPad screen when in landscape mode.

When the iPad is in portrait mode, tap the button in the top, left (Songs if you are in the songs index) to access the browser.

Search the Songs or the Composers indexes by scrolling to the top of the list and typing the search query in the search field.
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View a song chart
Simply tap on the title of the desired song in the Songs, Composers, Styles or Playlists index. To return to the index on the iPhone and iPod, tap anywhere on the screen to reveal the toolbars and press the Back button.

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On the iPad
Portrait mode - tap anywhere on the screen to reveal the toolbars and press the button in the top left corner that will always show the last mode of browsing.
Landscape mode - the song index will always be visible on the lefthand side.

On the iPhone and iPod
Portrait mode - songs can be viewed in full screen.
Landscape mode - you get a larger font but most songs won't fit on the screen so vertical scrolling may be necessary.

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By swiping left or right you can easily go to the previous or next song.

When in the Song View, a tab bar at the bottom of the screen can be displayed by tapping the screen.  This is where the following functions and links are located -

  • the Hub - the navigation center for other set-up features and settings.  For further information, see the following section: Hub.
  • the Player
  • the Editor
    • create a new song with a blank chart
    • create a new song with a chart based on a template of common song forms
    • edit the current selected song
    • edit a copy of a currently open chart
  • Delete the current song
  • Exportthe song
    • via email
    • in pdf format (email or open with other apps on your phone that support pdf) or jpeg format (email, save to photos or open with other apps on your phone that support jpeg)
    • to the Forums
    • by sending to a connected printer
  • Add the current song to an existing or new playlist
  • the iPad tab bar has an additional direct link to the Forums

Hub
Out of the Song View in the general indexes (songs, composers, styles, playlists) a general tab bar at the bottom of the screen contains the Hub, which is the navigation center for other set-up features and settings.


Settings

General

  • Edit song chart color themes
  • Pick a color for the Player position indicator
  • Choose preferred minor symbol
  • Choose global transposition
  • Turn on AirTurn (wireless controller for turning pages)
  • Choose your clef for the Chord Scales diagrams (In-app purchase required)


Player

  • Turn on/off the marker that indicates the position of playback
  • Turn off Background Audio to allow iReal b to function in conjunction with iRig/Amplitube and other guitar connection kits. The Background Audio is also tested to work with Apogee Jam in conjunction with the app Ampkit.
     Note: tapping the information symbol provides detailed instructions on how to use iRig/AmpliTube with iReal b.
  • Chord diagrams anticipation: Allows you to set when a guitar/piano chord diagram or chord scale appears before the actual chord plays (up to one second).
Store
In-App purchase of additional features for the player -
  • Jazz Styles Pack
  • Latin Styles Pack
  • Pop Styles Pack
  • Chord Scales
  • Guitar Chords Diagrams
  • Piano Chords Diagrams

Utilities

Backup - It is very important to regularly backup your song library. The backup is done via email.

Reset all settings - Reset to default values without deleting any user songs or playlists.

Erase all Content and Settings - This cannot be undone so make sure to backup.

Restore Exercise Songs - iReal b comes with 50 exercises. If you delete any of them you can restore them here.

Guitar Chords, Piano Chords and Chord Scales


If you have purchased the additional features of Guitar ChordsPiano Chords or Chord Scales, the libraries of these chords/scales can be accessed via the Hub.  Note: these will only appear once the purchase(s) have been made.