User 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.

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 Fret Positions

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

Display Note

The bottom of the chord chart contains numbers associated with the dots in the grid formed by frets and strings. These can represent one of three options:

  • Off shows no information at the bottom of the chord diagram.
  • Finger Position represents 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.
  • Letter represents the letter of the note that is being played by the string.

Show Only Exact Matches

OnSong displays chord diagrams in the Song Viewer and Chord Inspector that match the chord regardless of a split bass note and by normalizing chord variations. Turning on this switch will require an exact match of the chord name to display the diagram.

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.

OnSong 2023 — Last Updated on August 5, 2019