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#441966 - 12/01/17 05:43 PM [Beginners Forum] Adding Lyrics
saxmaniac Offline

Registered: 11/02/09
Posts: 8
Loc: Queensland, Australia
I've spent well over an hour trying to get line based lyrics entered into a song and am still nowhere... I've watched the video at and found it next to useless. It's four years old. Once I open the Notation window there is no "beige" editing area referred to in the video. I have been able to add NOTE based text but that is not what I'm after. Is there a guide somewhere to doing something which should be simple?

#441986 - 12/01/17 07:14 PM [Beginners Forum] Re: Adding Lyrics [Re: saxmaniac]
jford Offline

Registered: 12/20/00
Posts: 9857
Loc: Pensacola, Florida
Which version of BIAB are you using? I thought that line based lyrics were not supported anymore in recent versions and older files needed to be converted to bar based lyrics.

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#441988 - 12/01/17 07:17 PM [Beginners Forum] Re: Adding Lyrics [Re: saxmaniac]
Noel96 Offline

Registered: 10/31/08
Posts: 11919
Loc: Australia
As John says, line-based lyrics haven't been used by the program for a couple of years. The video that you watched is relevant to pre-2015 versions of BIAB (if I recall correctly).

If you are running a recent version of BIAB, it's bar-based lyrics that are now used.

For a detailed explanation of bar-based lyrics go to 25:00 minutes on the below Youtube clip at PG Music Inc.

Also, the Big Lyrics Window might be useful for you too when it comes to display chords and lyrics.

Lastly, there's a Lyric Document Window that allows for the lyrics to be displayed in a text document format.

Hope this helps.



#442009 - 12/01/17 08:41 PM [Beginners Forum] Re: Adding Lyrics [Re: jford]
saxmaniac Offline

Registered: 11/02/09
Posts: 8
Loc: Queensland, Australia
Hi John, Noel. Yes, I'm using BIAB 2017 for Mac. Ummmm, it seems to me that it might have been a good idea for BIAB to either pull that video down and replace it with something more up-to-date / relevant. I found it (the video) on the support page and ended up battling for a long time to get it to do something that it no longer does. I'll follow up by looking at that video you linked to Noel. Thanks, Darrin

#442011 - 12/01/17 09:20 PM [Beginners Forum] Re: Adding Lyrics [Re: saxmaniac]
saxmaniac Offline

Registered: 11/02/09
Posts: 8
Loc: Queensland, Australia
Ok thanks Noel, I took a look at that video - it did help in that I did manage to get lyrics in using it (bar by bar). Ive bookmarked it for further reference on other matters that without doubt will arise. (e.g. now that I've got the lyrics in I've spend 40 minutes trying to get the lyrics to increase in size in the lead sheet. Nothing I do in the lead sheet / notation windows - including the options window which has options that appear to be for use with formatting the lead sheet seem to have any affect whatsoever. I can cause change on other elements in the lead sheet (font on other elements of the page) but not the lyrics. They're so small as to be almost unreadable.
This program (BIAB) appears to have a ton of features but coming to grips with it is like pulling teeth...

#442113 - 12/02/17 12:02 PM [Beginners Forum] Re: Adding Lyrics [Re: saxmaniac]
Noel96 Offline

Registered: 10/31/08
Posts: 11919
Loc: Australia
Hi Darrin,

Glad to read we're getting somewhere.

Now to make the bar-lyrics text bigger....

Although I use BIAB (Windows), I suspect the process is the same for you on BIAB (Mac).

Go to the link below to a post that I created in 'Tips and Tricks'. This will help.




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