Song Editor Functionality
Chord Highlighting: As you type in
CampFire Guitar, if a line contains mostly chords, it will
be displayed in a different color or font to highlight the
chords. The colors and fonts used can be changed in the
font settings dialog. Select menu "Song", "Song Options" to
change the color, font or size of song and chord
Hear Chord Samples: CampFire Guitar will
play a sample of a chord whenever the cursor touches a chord. This can
be done either with the mouse or keyboard.
Play Song: This feature is designed to help
you play through a song showing the fingering of each chord
and playing a sample. Press the play button, and CampFire
guitar will step through the song playing and displaying the chords as
it goes so you can play along.
: This is a powerful feature of CampFire
Guitar. Transposing a song can be used to change the key of
a song to better match your vocal range. Also, on
guitar, transposing a song from one key to another can
make it much easier to play. On a guitar, a capo can
be used when transposing if you want to preserve the original key of
the song but play the song as if it were in a different
Print Songs: CampFire Guitar can print
any song with a custom chord summary at the top of each page that
gives a fingering diagram for each chord in the song. This is a
great feature for building a notebook of your favorite songs, and you
never have to look up another chord
The "Song" menu provides
access to the different features of the Song Window. Click on the
menu "Song", then "Song Options" to change the behavior or appearance of
the song window:
In this section, you can set the font that CampFire Guitar
will use to display chord lines and lyric lines within a song. Normally, CampFire
Guitar should be used to display songs in a fixed pitch font only.
This is because fonts that do not have a fixed pitch could cause
the chords not to line up correctly above the lyrics. You can
uncheck the "Allow only fixed pitch fonts" check box to allow CampFire
Guitar to use other fonts on your system. CampFire guitar will only
allow selection of fonts that are supported by both your display and
your printer. Another thing to keep in mind is that the chord and lyric
fonts should be set to a similar size, as this will help to preserve the
alignment of the chords over the lyrics.
You can change the behavior of
the CampFire Guitar editor. When you check "Track Cursor and play chords
Automatically" CampFire Guitar will update the chord display in the
chord window based on the current position of the cursor. If you check
"Show Chord, but don't play sound" CampFire Guitar will display chords
based on cursor position, but it will not play the sound of the chord.
If "Recolor on the fly" is checked, CampFire Guitar will recolor chord
lines as necessary while you type. On slower computers, this can cause a
flicker while typing. To prevent the flicker, you can turn off "Recolor
on the Fly". If you do this, it will be necessary to select "Recolor
Now" when you want the song to be recolored.
You can set the print margins by specifying
new values in inches.
Other choices on the
"Song" menu include...
Song: CampFire Guitar will display
chord lines in a different font / color than lyric lines in your song.
You can select this option to recolor the song. This is necessary if you
disable "Recolor on the fly" (see song options above).
Before you play your song, place the cursor
on the line where you would like to start play from. CampFire Guitar
will always start from the beginning of the line that you select. When
you click the play button, CampFire Guitar will begin stepping through
your song, and whenever it encounters a chord, it will play it for
It is best to keep in mind that the play feature
is just a guide to help you learn the chords that are
in a song. It won't sound exactly like the song. You must experiment to
figure out the timing and find a strumming/picking pattern that sounds
good for a given song. Use the play feature only to get an idea of how
the progression of chords goes.
When the song is playing, you can use this
to stop play.
Adjust The Play
Rate: Select a rate of play for the song.
You can choose from very slow to very fast. Use very slow to learn a new
song that has many chords you don't know. It will give you lots of time
to practice the chords. Use very fast to skim through the song to get a
general idea of how it sounds.
the transpose menu if you want to change the key of the song. When
you click "Transpose", a window similar to this will appear:
this window, when you click the up arrow, the song will be transposed to
the next higher key. Likewise, the down arrow will transpose the
song to the next lower key. When transposing a song, Campfire
Guitar will automatically keep track of the capo position that will
preserve the original key of the song. Using a capo is optional if
you want the key of the song to change.
click "OK", the transposed song will appear in a new window.
CampFire Guitar will not prompt you to save transposed songs unless you
make further modifications after transposing.
allows you to turn off the automatic playing of chords when the cursor
is positioned beside a chord in the editor.
The Chord Summary is where you will view the chords in
the current song and change your preferred fingering if
The Song menu also controls the
functionality associated with the Chord Summary. From
Within the Song Menu, you canEdit,
Update or Rebuild the Chord Summary.
When CampFire Guitar
opens a song for the first time, it scans through the song
identifying the chords and adds them to the chord summary.
When you modify a song or type one in from scratch, you may have to
manually update the Chord Summary. When you update the Chord Summary,
CampFire Guitar rescans your song identifying any new chords that it
can. Updating the Chord Summary will not change any chords that are
currently in the Chord Summary, It will only add new chords that are
found. This is important if you have modified some of the chords in your
chord summary and don't want to loose your changes.
When the ChordSummary is
updated, it default to the preferred chord type (Open or Bar) that is
set in the guitar window options. To change this, select "View"
menu, then "Guitar Options", or right-click on the guitar fretboard in
the guitar window. When bar chords are selected, CampFire Guitar
will add the 6th string & 5th string versions of the chord to the
This is just like
Updating the Chord Summary, except CampFire Guitar will delete the
current chord summary and rebuild it completely. Any chords that you
have modified will be overwritten!
Editing the Chord
Select "Song" then "Chord
Summary" then "Edit"... to display the Chord Summary Edit
Note: This is a
more advanced feature of CampFire Guitar, and it may not be useful
until you are comfortable with chord naming and formations. However, You
can safely exeriment with this feature because you can always Rebuild
the Chord Summary.
This dialog is used if you wish to modify the chords
or fingerings that are shown in the chord summary. The most common
reasons for editing the chord summary are to convert open chords to bar
chords, to add unusual chords that CampFire Guitar could not identify,
or to "override" the fingering that CampFire Guitar suggests for a
The fingering for open
chords is represented by a 6 digit string of numbers or the letter 'x'.
The 6 digits correspond from left to right to which fret you play from
the Low E string to the High E string on your
For Example: x00232 =
D x - do not play low E, 0 - open
A string, 0 - open D string, 2- 2nd Fret on G string, 3- 3rd Fret
on B string, 2 - 2nd Fret on High E string.
The fingering notation for a Bar chord is based on a
variation of an open E or A chord. It starts with a 'B' to indicate bar.
Then the next 6 characters are the normal open formation for the E or A
based chord. Finally, there is a dash '-' and then a 1 or 2 digit number
indicating the base fret for the chord.
For Example: 022100 = open 'E' B022100-0 = 6th
String Bar 'E' chord B022100-1 = 6th String Bar 'F' chord B022100-2 =
6th String Bar 'F#' chord. Likewise for 5th string bar chords: x02220 =
open 'A' Bx02220-0 =
5th String Bar
'A' chord Bx02220-1 =
5th String Bar 'A#/Bb'
chord Bx02220-2 =
5th String Bar 'B'
To Add a Chord to the Chord Summary, Click on the <<Add Chord>> line, then select the root note, then
enter a modifier (i.e. min6, sus2, etc..). When you move to the
fingering line, CampFire Guitar will suggest a fingering. This fingering
can be modified to whatever you wish.
To change a Chord From
Open to Bar, Select the chord in the list, then click the radio button
for the Bar formation that you prefer. To change any fingering,
Select the chord in the list, and then edit the formation to be what you
To Remove a Chord, select
it and click the Remove button.
Other Song Functionality
you install CampFire Guitar, it defaults to keeping your songs in a
folder on the drive it was installed on in a folder called
"CampFireSongs". If you would prefer CampFire Guitar to save your
songs in another location, you can change your song folder. To do
this, select "View", "Song Folder", "Change Song Folder". This
will bring up a dialog that will let you specify a new location for your
To print your songs with CampFire
Guitar, select "File", "Print". If you want to view what the
printout will look like prior to printing, select "File", "Print
Preview". If you want to change settings such as paper size or
orientation, select "File", "Print Setup".