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Guitar Chord Tools
Tools to work with plain-text guitar chord and tablature files. Highlight chords automatically, and transpose the song key easily.
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Guitar Chord Tools is a Google Docs Add-on that helps with editing plain text chord sheets like can be found on many internet sites.  

It's great that we can find chords and tablature so easily for so many of our favorite songs these days.  But too often the formatting on someone else's web site isn't quite the way you would have done it.  Or perhaps what they said was a Bb, you can tell was really a Gm7.  And who knows if that website will even be there tomorrow?  So it's nice to have a copy of your own stored in Google Docs.  Then you know you'll always have access, plus you can make your own corrections and annotations and format it exactly how you like, or even share it with the band to edit collaboratively.

But Google Docs lacks some of the great features that the tablature websites have, like automatically highlighting the chord names in a different color, and changing the key of all the chords with one click.  This Add-on brings those features to Google Docs.

Main features include:
* Automatic contextual chord name detection (Examples. C, G,  Am7,  F#maj7, E/F#, Gbmaj7b5, etc)
* Color chord highlighting, with selectable color
* Muscial key transposition
* Choose flats or sharps for enharmonic equivalents
* Optionally use Unicode  ‘♯’ and ‘♭’ symbols for sharps and flats
* Apply chord highlighting and key changes to entire document or just the portion selected

Hope you enjoy!

Permissions Required:
* View and manage documents that this application has been installed in
   -- Required to make edits to the doc you are looking at.
* View and manage data associated with the application
   -- This is for saving preferences (it remembers your last used highlight color for example).
* Allow this application to run when you are not present
   -- I'm not sure about this one.  Supposedly this has to do with OAuth token refreshing that Google does for all Add-ons.  Don't worry, my code definitely does not go highlighting chords and transposing your music while you aren't looking!
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A User of Guitar Chord Tools
April 18, 2019
Would be great if it supported conversion from nashville numbering e.g. 1 - 6m - 5 to a given key
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A User of Guitar Chord Tools
May 12, 2018
This is great! I'm going to use this All The Time! I especially like the option for flats/sharps. I wasn't sure about the recognized chord formatting for minor chords, and I kind of stumped it at first, trying "c mi," then "cm," then eventually "Cm." Could there be some examples of chord formats in the tutorial? (or did I miss it?) Not being a dev, I don't know what's hard or easy to code, but it would be cool if this could: 1) have a smart Verse/Chorus navigation tool to jump around the song 2) have the option to substitute all X chords for Y chords 3) why lingo of C -> C instead of "capo up ___ frets" or "transpose up ____ 1/2 steps"? Yay for this! Fantastic tool.
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A user of Guitar Chord Tools
July 2, 2018
Thanks! For 1) That's hard. :-) For 2) "Substitute all X for Y" you can pretty much do that by using the normal search and replace function in Docs. (Edit -> "Find and Replace..."). For 3), Why the C -> G terminology ... it just seemed more directly what I wanted most of the time. Like, I need to play this in the key of G because that's what the other guy is playing it in, but the chord I have in the chart is C. so C -> G. If you want to just notch it up or down a bit you can use the << and >> buttons.
A User of Guitar Chord Tools
February 25, 2018
This is a great app. I wish there were further developments of it.
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A user of Guitar Chord Tools
September 9, 2019
I am going to try it
A User of Guitar Chord Tools
October 27, 2017
I like it but There is a bug that when you click a color patch it enters the color in the format: rgb(235, 165, 14) which when you then click highlight causes ScriptError: Invalid color value. you then have to restart the addon or externally launch a color picker to get the color in hex format #A1D490
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A user of Guitar Chord Tools
July 2, 2018
Thanks for that report. I'll see what I can do.
A User of Guitar Chord Tools
October 21, 2016
Best example song possible!
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Kurt Dresner
October 20, 2016
What a sweet, useful set of tools!
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