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Songbook19 05-07-2021 12:49 PM

My 900-Song Songbook Now In ChordPro
Iíve posted about my songbook before a couple of times but I just finished a pretty big project and for the sake of new members, or those who werenít aware:

I have this Songbook. It started out around 1997 as a simple MS-Word document with just chords and lyrics. Then I added all the chord diagrams. As it grew over the years and became unwieldy I added categories and internal hyperlinks so I could move around within the document more easily.

A while back I revised it to add a YouTube link to an original recording of the song, added the intros and instrumental passages, and rekeyed everything to match the recording so I could (much to the chagrin of my wife and dog and probably the neighbors) play and sing along. Yesterday I finished the latest iteration which is a version in ChordPro format so now I can annoy everyone on an iPad app in any room of the house.

A few geezers and I get together now and then to make fun of each others guitar playing abilities - there may also be beer involved - and about ten years ago convinced me to put my songbook on-line so others can find it. Since then itís been downloaded thousands of times.

Iím old, itís free, and I want nothing in return Ė just a hobby of mine which I enjoy sharing. Itís dedicated to the guy who got me started playing guitar 45 years ago and is sort of my way of giving back. I also live in a cold climate where winter seems to last about 13 months and since I can no longer ski it gives me something to do until the ice is off the water and I can fish again. I digress.

My songbook now has almost 900 songs, mostly folk, pop/rock, and country from the 60ís-80ís but a little bit of everything. There are three ďBig BooksĒ which contain all of the songs. One is in MS-Word format and the other two are PDFs. Individual PDF songsheets and ChordPro files are also available. There are two versions, one for more experienced players and a separate Lite version for those just starting out.

If you know someone who might find it enjoyable itís all free for the taking. There is a link below (if the link's not there you can also find it in the Contact area of my profile or by googling ďsongbook19Ē).


A. T.

Su_H. 05-07-2021 03:25 PM

So selfless of you. We need more folks like you in this world.

kkrell 05-07-2021 11:49 PM

Very cool to have. Thanks for posting.

Jack852 05-08-2021 12:06 AM

A nice legacy you are leaving. Thanks.

Harmony123 05-08-2021 12:26 AM


Originally Posted by Songbook19 (Post 6710642)
Iím old, itís free, and I want nothing in return Ė just a hobby of mine which I enjoy sharing. Itís dedicated to the guy who got me started playing guitar 45 years ago and is sort of my way of giving back....

Thanks so much, that's very kind of you. I figure you transcribed about 20 songs/year for each of the past 45 years ....

Italuke 05-09-2021 05:29 AM

Amazing, so wonderful and generous. And not to get all new agey or philosophical here, but this is an example of the human quality of abundance mentality. That is, you've given away a huge "slice of your pie," but that doesn't leave you with none. There's plenty of pie for everyone. We need more of this thinking.

DukeX 05-09-2021 03:10 PM

Thank you, Alvin, for your dedication and generosity.

biotechmgr 05-09-2021 08:08 PM

Thank you Alvin for your tremendous work and generosity. It is a real gift to all of us who sift through online resources and try to find accurate transcriptions (and recognize the inaccuracies).

thegreatgumbino 05-11-2021 02:24 PM

Wow. What a collection. Kudos to you for putting in the effort to do this and for sharing it!

TJE 05-12-2021 06:25 PM

That’s more songs than the radio stations have! Judging by what they play!�� Cool gesture!

SRL 06-16-2021 03:00 PM

Thanks for this! A lot of great songs in here.

leew3 06-16-2021 04:25 PM

I join other in thanking you for your dedication and generosity in sharing this with us. May you be blessed beyond measure for your graciousness.

DavyM 06-19-2021 05:40 PM

Thanks so much for this and the many hours it must have taken to produce.

johnnydobbers 06-21-2021 01:02 AM

thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr. Paul 06-21-2021 10:38 AM

Any tips on how to open these .PRO files?

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