OnSong Manual

Chord Diagrams

Chord diagram appear when you tap on a chord in the song viewer to open the Chord Inspector, or if you turn on chord diagrams to appear using the Style Preferences Menu. You can change how chord diagrams are drawn using these preferences.

Left Hand Diagrams

When this is turned on, chord diagrams are flipped to enable left-handed players (who use a left-handed instrument) to play the chord in a more natural manner. Default is off.


This setting allows you to set a default instrument to use when a chord chart is loaded. By default chord diagrams are drawn for guitar. You can also choose chord diagrams for Banjo, Bass (4-string), Bass (5-string), Guitar, Mandolin, Piano or Ukulele. The default is Guitar.

Diagram Position

This setting allows you to specify where chord diagrams should be outputted on the song page. Options include:

  • Above Lyrics places the chord diagrams below the metadata such as song title and artist, but above the first section of the chord chart.
  • Below Lyrics places the chord diagrams below all song content at the bottom of the song page. Default.
  • Within Lyrics replaces the chord letters in the chord chart with individual diagrams. The size of those diagrams are controlled by both the diagram size slider in the Style Preferences Menu as well as chord size slider.

Display Bars

Bars are indicated by solid lines across many strings and represent where one finger is used to depress multiple strings. This is determined by the fingerings defined by the chord variation, or determined automatically by OnSong if no fingering information is provided. If disabled, only dots are displayed on the strings. Default is on.

Display Finger Positions

The bottom of the chord chart contains numbers associated with the dots in the grid formed by frets and strings. These represent the finger number used to depress the string. This ranges from 1 through four indicating the index finger, middle finger, ring finger and pinkie finger. Default is on.

Display Fret Positions

The fret positions are outputted on the left side of the chord diagram. Default is on.

Show Only Preferred Chords

When chord diagrams are displayed in a chord chart within the song viewer, the chords in the song are automatically paired to default chord diagrams based on their chord name. Most musicians know common chords, so turning on this switch will only output chord diagrams for chords you specifically select in the Chord Inspector.

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