Every singer as an A4 folder of songs they bring to rehersal, but now they can have all of their lyrics with them all the time, on their iPhone. You can also create setlists of songs which can be edited and reordered. Setlists and individual songs shared with the rest of the band by email, iMessage, Airdrop, or print them out.
Rather than searching online for other other people's versions of songs, this app displays your lyrics, which you've formatted as you want them on your computer. You can create them in Pages 09, Doc, pdf, rtf or txt format [Unfortunately Apple don't yet allow apps to use the new Pages 5 format - this should be resolved in a future iOS update] then simply transfer them to your phone using the iTunes file transfer system (on the Apps tab for your device). While primarily designed for singers, the new improved pdf handling makes PDF scores look amazing, so the whole band can get in on the act.
Not only does My Lyric Book remember your lyrics and set lists, but songs can be tagged with a tempo for the built in metronome, or linked to tracks in your iTunes library so you can refer to a recorded version or play a backing track from within the app. You can even send midi patch changes, so selecting a song programs your keyboard for you!
If the rest the band is using the app too, then you can all sync up, so that the band leader can select songs and have them automatically selected on everyones screens. (Note this DOES NOT distribute the lyrics, but selects each band member's version, so each band member can see their own parts as they've set up their devices).
Of course your lyrics look even better on an iPad, but an iPhone or iPod has plenty of screen space to display lyrics and you can always have it in your pocket.
You can use Airturn BT-105(http://www.airturnaffiliate.com/idevaffiliate/idevaffiliate.php?id=157) or Pageflip Cicada pedals to scroll through your lyrics. You can select what each pedal does in the Settings app, though note that if you only have two pedals they're probably numbered 1 and 3 - that's just how the BT pedals work.
NOTE: No lyrics are included with the App. It displays lyrics you've already prepared.
You can swipe to advance to the next song, or back to the previous one.
You can email songs to yourself as attachments.
If the auto-rotation gets in the way, remember you can turn it off in preferences.
Normally you can't delete songs incase you wipe it by accident during a gig (ouch!). You need to enable this in preferences too.
To rename a set-list just click on it while in edit mode.
Check the "support" link at the top this page for more info.
IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR THOSE STRUGGLING TO ADD LYRICS:
To add lyrics to the app first connect your device to iTunes
Select your device in the left hand bar
Select the Apps tab which shows the Apps installed on your device, along with your iOS home screen.
Scroll down to the bottom where you'll find and area marked "File Sharing"
Select the My Lyric Book App in the File sharing area
Drag and drop your files into the area labeled Documents.
They will then be copied to the device and appear in the Lyric Book App.
For more help check:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4094?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
If you have any problems, then email me before leaving a negative review - I want the app to work great for you, and can usually sort out any problems. I can't reply directly to reviews, but most of the issues raised, could have been resolved by an email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sorting of setlist - Thanks for your patience Kevin!
More consistent rotation/autolock behaviour
Ratings and Reviews
First time used
Bought this to use in live performances on my iPad in conjunction with iKlick clamp for song lyrics.
Having been used to a book on a music stand, the difference in ease of use was incredible.
Instant access to the whole set list lyrics as well as any unexpected numbers thrown in.
It occasionally freezes for a short time but never once opened.
For singers it will make your life so much easier if, like me, you can't remember all of your lyrics!
Can’t live without it
I really like this app and use it regularly for live gigs. Once you get to grips with how to edit etc you’ll find it’s really user friendly and easy to flip through song lyrics quickly by making playlists for each. Don’t know what I’d do without this app now it’s so great for singers who sing large repertoires. The only thing I’d like to see is an option to back up so you can transfer to spare iPad without losing everything if your IPad gets stolen
Simple and very economic
I needed something that would allow me to make set-lists and to also have my full repertoire on hand. I checked with Ian whether this app would work and be simple to use and oh yes, it it and it does.
I can edit lyrics on my MacBook and AirPlay to my iPad. So what? What’s the big deal with that and you would be right to ask. Well, no need for iTunes, and when sending the lyrics, they automatically get listed automatically (make sure you title your edited lyric sheet on your PC/Mac).
I don’t understand how or why other purchasers had a problem - I’m not technical but this is sooo easy!
Excellent value; great piece of kit.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.