Over 40 years ago, legend has it, Don McClean scratched out the first lyrics to "American Pie" on a bar napkin. Today, a new app for iPhone and iPad hopes to help 21st-century songwriters capture and refine their own songs, wherever inspiration strikes.
TabBank, released Thursday for iOS, helps writers craft songs using simple chords, lyrics, and tablature, exports their compositions as printable, paper-sized PDFs, and even sends finished manuscripts directly to modern printers.
The app can also import existing tabs from the web.
From the same designer as longstanding guitar chord app ChordBank and Apple-featured notes app Better Notes, TabBank is designed as much for composing music as it is for finding and importing popular songs from the web, allowing mobile composers to:
• Hear rich audio previews show chords, progressions, and solos on a virtual fretboard with a tap as they edit or play along.
• Place each composition's most-used chords a tap away in the contextual smart editing bar. When the cursor enters a block of tablature, common tab symbols and arrow keys appear, making writing expressive instrumental solos simple and quick.
• Super-fast, offline search makes it easy to find and edit your songs from anywhere—subway cars, airplanes, green rooms or living rooms.
• Customizable font sizes and styles make songs easy to read, at font sizes large and small.
TabBank launches on the App Store on Thursday, July 27th. You can find it here.