In any music organization app, there are three layers of sorting.
- Library / Repository
- If you maintain only one Library, here you can see every song you have in a single list
- Books / Collections / Categories
- Subset of songs around a specific topic.
- Setlists / Playlists
- Shorter lists of songs designed for performance on stage. Generally no more than 25 songs (normal concert pace is 10-12 songs per hour).
- You can place songs in any order. Libraries and Books always sort alphabetically.
- Songs are ‘connected’. This means that when you are finished playing one song a page turn will take you to the next.
- Tags: Some applications allow you to place tags, or keywords on a song.
So, how does this all translate to real-world use?
I use two apps for music on my tablet. I use one for the choirs I sing in (I participate in three different choirs), and one for the folksinger guitar work I do. The reason for two apps is that choir music is almost always notation; and therefore usually on PDF. Guitar music for me, on the other hand, is almost always lead sheets; and therefore is in text or ChordPro.
Because of the different requirements of each of these uses, I organize choir music and guitar music differently:
|Libraries: 1||Libraries: 1|
|Books / Collections: One book per choir, one book for guitar songbooks that I have scanned to PDF||Books / Collections: Mostly used to organize music I have written vs music written by others. There is a separate book for Twotonic songs; as well as separate books for humorous songs and songs that everyone can sing to.|
|Setlists: One setlist per gig||Setlists: One setlist per gig|
|Tags: Not used||Tags: Lightly used, usually to identify different songs that have a similar topic (i.e. songs about Trains)|