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Different lyrics for rehearsal and performing

Started by dharris, December 16, 2022, 12:51:18 PM

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I set my band up with BandHelper and we're liking it a lot.

My singer has two needs for lyrics – in rehearsal, she likes having full lyrics to refresh her memory. When performing, she generally needs just the first line of each verse and she's good from there.

So, is there a way to have two sets of lyrics like this (and to set up a layout that shows one vs the other?)

Or is there a way to mark parts of the lyrics to be hidden?

Or is there another way that people might've addressed a similar need?


Here are a few ways to do this:

1) Turn on Settings > Account Sync > Personal Sync > Lyrics. Then the song edit pages will show a Shared Lyrics and a Personal Lyrics field. Enter full lyrics into Shared Lyrics and abbreviated lyrics into Personal Lyrics. For performance, turn on Personal Sync > Lyrics and for rehearsal, turn it off. Pro: easiest to set up. Possible con: only one user can see the abbreviated lyrics.

2) Add a custom field and turn on the Multi-Line option. Enter abbreviated lyrics into that custom field. Duplicate your layout, and add the custom field in place of the Document Viewer in the new layout. Use the original layout for rehearsal and the new layout for performance. Pro: easy to set up, can share the custom field and layout with other users, can show the abbreviated and full lyrics in the same layout if desired. Con: can't use per-song text sizes, auto-scrolling, remote control or line highlighting in a custom field.

3) Create documents containing the abbreviated lyrics and attach them to the songs in the second position, after the Lyrics. Change Settings > General Settings > Defaults > Document to 1 for rehearsal and 2 for performance. Pro: gives more control over the abbreviated lyrics layout if needed. Con: harder to set up because it requires creating documents in another app and loading them into BandHelper.


Thanks for your thoughts. While you were typing that, I was typing something similar...

I think an approach that will work is

  • having the "lyrics" as just the lyrics she needs for performing
  • uploading a new document with the full lyrics
  • adding a "multiple documents" widget to the layout so that she can switch
Do you see any glitches in that implementation?


That would work, but I would lean toward using the Lyrics field for the full lyrics, assuming other people in the band are more likely to want to see that. In the approaches I described, the abbreviated lyrics would be secondary to the full lyrics.