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    I play from notation myself, but would like to print chord sheets to hand out at a jam. What are good (and also free) resources for these? I'm interested primarily in old time, country and gospel.

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    Do you want them like " charts " that jazz folks use or the chord diagrams in order or something else?

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    I make them myself with a sharpie. It takes maybe a half hour to write one. Chords are nice and big so two or three people can see it at once.

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    Here's a couple of possibilities that give lyrics and chords (not necessarily laid out in musical measure form, though, just show which chords go with which words).

    https://www.cowboylyrics.com/

    http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/

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    I use an Excel template for chord charts. If you use Excel it's pretty easy to create 4 x 4 grids for 16 bars. Fit two on a page and you'll have a nice easy to read layout. Or try this site: http://www.chordsheet.com

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    I find https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/ pretty handy.

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    I have a bunch of songs on my site at https://mattcbruno.com/4th-tuesday-b...ts-and-lyrics/
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    iReal Pro

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    +1 for ultimate guitar

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    Wow, Matt, thanks for that link. You e got some good stuff on there!

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    Sherry, I usually google the song name and add chords or tab to the end. Ultimate guitar, cowboylyrics, and a couple of other free sites pop up near the top. Sometimes the Ultimate Guitar tabs print really small and wonít let me change the size without screwing up the format, so Iíll sometimes actually just type them up myself. There are a couple of decent praise and worship sites as well, but they tend to be more contemporary (though sometimes Iím surprised). If the songs are more than simple Iíll check several versions, as thereís a lot of stuff out there thatís either wrong (it amazes me how many people think the only chords are G, C, and D). Chordify is also neat, though it gives you chords without considering capo use, so it takes some thinking (or watching YouTube) to simplify them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW63 View Post
    Do you want them like " charts " that jazz folks use or the chord diagrams in order or something else?
    I can see that I should have been more clear. I'd like access to lyrics with chords indicated, and the ability to change from the default key. Should have mentioned all that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowtone2 View Post
    iReal Pro
    I have iReal Pro but have barely used it. I'll check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherry Cadenhead View Post
    I have iReal Pro but have barely used it. I'll check it out.
    It's worth spending some time with. Among its other functions, you can print chord charts out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherry Cadenhead View Post
    I play from notation myself, but would like to print chord sheets to hand out at a jam. What are good (and also free) resources for these? I'm interested primarily in old time, country and gospel.

    Can you give an example of a song or tune that you want to play at your jam. Songs and tunes in the genres you're primarily interested in are usually 5 or less chords. Most often 3 or less chords.

    How experienced are the folks you jam with? You might be surprised how quickly people can find or "sound out" the chords to old time, country and gospel melodies.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherry Cadenhead View Post
    I can see that I should have been more clear. I'd like access to lyrics with chords indicated, and the ability to change from the default key. Should have mentioned all that!
    Sounds like a great chance to utilize chord numbers. 1, 4 and 5 etc... are always 1, 4 and 5 etc... regardless of key and/or capo placements. Again, this kind of depends on how experienced the folks you jam with are.

    If there is one person (hopefully playing the guitar) that can find the chord progression to your melody then everyone else can follow that one person and you can pick away at the melody.

    I hope this helps and isn't more confusing. In my experience jams are more successful and more fun without the sheets.

    If you can play the chord progression thru once or twice to get the tune rolling you're in business. Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ky Slim View Post

    How experienced are the folks you jam with? You might be surprised how quickly people can find or "sound out" the chords to old time, country and gospel melodies.
    A teacher suggested handing out chord charts since often mandolin players can successfully watch the guitar player, but the guitar player will probably have difficulty figuring out what chords the mandolin player is playing. I rarely get to participate in jams, but am honing my skills, etc. for the time when I will possibly have more of a chance.

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