Getting started with GoChords® is easy! Sign up for your account by clicking here or the "Start Your Membership" button on the home page. You'll be prompted to enter your e-mail address and to choose a password for your GoChords® account.
After a couple of year of struggling to support Internet Explorer, we finally decided it wasn't worth the extra development time needed for testing and debugging for this one browser. 90% of the "bug" reports we get are from users who use IE, while we get very few from users who use Google Chrome or Firefox or Safari (all of which are free downloads). That being said, you are certainly welcome to try to use IE; for the best experience though, we highly recommend using one of the browsers listed above.
To sign in, enter your e-mail address and the password that you created when you registered. If you would like to have GoChords® remember your e-mail address, select the checkbox labeled "Keep me logged in". The next time you login simply enter your password.
If you should forget your password, click the link labeled "Forgot your password?". This will take you to a page where you will be asked to enter your e-mail address. An e-mail will be sent to you containing your password.
Once you have logged in, click on the "Songs" link in the top navbar to view and manage your list of songs. From this page you can create, edit, share and delete songs.
Create A New Song (⌘+) To create a new song, click the "Create A New Song..." button. You will then see the jump-start window, which will allow you to copy-and-paste lyrics from some other source into your song. You can also type as many verses of lyrics as you wish here. Each line of the text you enter here will be separated into a separate staff row on your song. After your text has been entered, click the "Continue" button. Note: you are not required to enter any lyrics here — you can always add them later as you edit your song.
To edit a song, simply click on the name of the song in your songlist.
To completely remove your song from GoChords®, click the trashcan icon at the end of the line for that song. Deleting a song will also delete all comments and ratings associated with the song, so use this feature with caution!
There are two different ways you can share your songs, or that songs can be shared with you. The most basic of this is Group Sharing. When you join a group, you have the option of sharing any songs you've created in GoChords® with your fellow group members. And best of all, you will be able to view any songs your fellow group members have shared with the group.
To share a song with one or more of your groups from your song list, look for the button shown at left and click it.
Share My Song(s) With This Group... You can also share your songs while looking at one of your group's shared songs list. There you will see a button like the one at right. Click it to select one of more of your songs to share with that group.
You can also share songs and have songs shared with you using One to One Sharing.
One to One Sharing is a new feature that allows you to share your songs via email, with up to five people at-a-time. The recipients of the songs you share this way do NOT need to be GoChords® members in order to view the song you've shared!
To send a One to One share to a friend or friends, just click on the envelope icon next to any of your songs in your song list, or in the toolbar when viewing one of your songs. A dialog box will appear with 5 slots to enter up to 5 email addresses to send the share to, plus a box for a custom note from you (optional).
Anyone who receives a One to One share will be able to view that song without logging in to GoChords.
Join To join a group, click on the "Groups" tab at the top of the page to see a list of all available groups. Then click the "Join" link at the right of the group's name. The "Request To Join A Group" box will now be displayed. Click the "Send Request" button to send your message to the group's administrator.
Start A New Group! To create a new group, click on the "Groups" tab at the top of the page. Then click the "Start A New Group..." link at the top of the page. Enter a group name and description, then click the "Create Group" button. You are now the administrator of this group. Other GoChords® members can request to join your new group. Requests to join your group will show up in your inbox, where you can choose to accept the member or not.
Be sure to copyright all your original music before you share it. Here is the link to the copyright office. It is a great site with very easy instructions to follow.