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Input a complete song in under 3 minutes

One of the most interesting features of iReal Pro is that you can edit an existing chord chart or create a new one from scratch and it will play as written.
Besides chords and bar lines, a chart can contain many other symbols (rehearsal letters, time signatures, endings, codas…) so when you first open the editor it might be a bit overwhelming to be presented with all the various buttons and options.
Nevertheless, it’s quite straight forward to input a simple chord chart.
I recorded a video (actually three videos: for iOS, OS X and Android) showing how to quickly input a complete 32 measure song. Here you can get a basic understanding of how things work and then you can explore further options available in the editor on your own.

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Advanced Practicing Techniques

The beauty of iReal Pro is that you can download the app, import 1000s of chord charts from the forums with a couple of clicks, select one of the songs, press the Play button, and you’re ready to start practicing.

Once you’ve learned these first basic steps and the options to change tempo, repeats, playback style and transposition, you will have an amazing practice tool that can take you very far on your learning journey – but you don’t have to stop there. We have added a number of features to improve and personalize your practice experience.

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Exporting to MIDI and MusicXML

A song can be exported in MIDI format (Share -> Audio MIDI). The resulting MIDI file will be a rendition of the song as you would have heard it if you pressed play – the same number of repeats, the same tempo, the same key, the same style…
The MIDI file can be opened in your favorite audio editing software like for example Logic or Garageband. From there you can for example choose snippets of tracks to edit and add to your own MIDI compositions.

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How the Coda symbol works in iReal Pro

The Coda symbol Coda symbol can be used in two different ways in iReal Pro to define how the form of a song is to be played.

Coda as outro

One way is to use the Coda as what is sometimes referred to as outro or tag.
As seen in 500 Miles High, the Coda will be played only once at the very end.

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