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    Default Composer information

    iReal Pro is all about chord chart sharing. Charts posted in the Forums including the sandbox (for whatever purpose) can be downloaded (and shared) by anyone. Charts without composer credit or having incorrect information can take on a life of their own and be shared on and on and on and on and on and on...

    Many different songs have the same (or similar) titles. The composer name(s) can be helpful in identifying the song.

    Correct composer names are important for proper function of our search engine.

    Without the composers, songs wouldn't exist for us to share and perform. The same song can be covered by various artists.

    All of us here have Internet and (if only out of respect) when writing a chart, we should make an effort to include correct composer info. "unknown composer" isn't helpful to anyone.

    Good sources of composer info: (this is often the most useful one)
    "by" just means performed by..
    Look for "composed by..."

    Even Youtube sometimes lists writer/composer info if you click on the video's title.

    The song may already be posted on the forums may have correct composer info so a forums search is always a good place to start and should be always done anyway before starting a new thread.*

    If a song is "traditional" (so old that no attribution can be found) then use that.

    When sharing original songs of your own composition include your name as composer. Also, if you can include a link to either an audio file or YouTube, your original chord chart will have some context. If available, a link to a lead-sheet is ok too.

    You can identify different song versions by adding a brief descriptive label to the chart's song title. That helps members identify different versions in their libraries.
    Misty (Johnny Mathis) - Erroll Garner
    _ title __ (version) __ - _ composer(s) ______

    When charts are transcribed from a book, it’s helpful to label that
    Autumn Leaves (RB5) - Joseph Kosma this chart is from Real Book 5.

    You may include your name as transcriber/arranger on the chart using text, and/or append your initials to the title.


    *Please review the guidelines for posting charts:

    Let's make the forums a useful and accurate resource for the future. We're all in this together
    Last edited by pdxdjazz; 04-22-2020 at 04:16 AM.

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    I always include the right composers in the composer section, although in pop music I find it confusing when the charts have the composer rather than the performer or band in the title. I think people mostly search for artist or band and often, me included, don't know the real composers
    It’s best for searching for a song to have just ONE song discussion thread for each title.

    Everyone from Frank to Willie, Ella to Diana has covered All Of Me composed by Gerald Marks.

    Should we have a different thread for each version?

    We encourage posters to label the performed version in their chart’s title which directly addresses your search concern.

    All Of Me (Sinatra) - Gerald Marx
    ...title......(version) - composer(s)

    Having all the posted versions of the same title in a single thread (in so far as possible) makes it much easier to find and compare the available charts.

    We’re all in this together.


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