FATpick users have already shared hundreds of songs for you to play, out of the box. But even a large song catalog might not include the exact song, artist or arrangement you're looking for - or maybe you'd like to use FATpick to practice composition of your own.
No worries. You can add custom songs to FATpick with just a few clicks.
This guide shows you how.
Step 1: Select a Song to Import
FATpick's song import "wizard" will walk you through the steps needed to add a custom song.
To launch the wizard first select "Play" from FATpick's main menu (flag 1) then click the "Add Song" button found in the upper left corner of the song search screen (flag 2).
Clicking this button will trigger a standard "file picker" dialog that you can use to select the song you wish to import. FATpick can import songs in the Guitar Pro file format.
The GuitarPro File Format
Guitar Pro is a high-quality musical typesetting tool. It's sorta like Microsoft Word but for guitar tabs - you can use it to compose and preview (play) multi-track musical compositions.
Much like Microsoft Word's .doc/.docx files, the GuitarPro file format has become a de facto standard for sharing "machine readable" guitar music. Guitar Pro files typically have a .gp3, .gp4, .gp5, or .gpx filename extension, depending on the version.
Almost any music notation software - including open source alternatives like TuxGuitar and MuseScore - can read and write Guitar Pro files. The original is truly great, but it's just one of many "scorewriter" applications that can handle Guitar Pro files.
There are dozens of websites, tools and applications - both commercial and open-source - that can help you create, convert or find a musical score in the Guitar Pro file that FATpick can import.
Step 2: Verify Song Info
Title, Artist, Album
After you have chosen the file to import FATpick will give you a chance to update some of the "metadata" about the song, like the title of the song, the name of the artist, and (optionally) name of the album on which the song is found (flag 1). The data found in the original score file is pre-filled by default. Often you can just accept this information as-is, but you can take this opportunity to make adjustments or corrections if necessary.
Public / Private Toggle
Use this toggle switch (flag 2) to indicate whether you want to make this song "public" or "private". Public songs are shared with other FATpick users - they are available for anyone to find and play. Private songs are only added to your personal library. They are not visible to other users.
Find Cover Art Toggle
When this option (flag 3) is enabled FATpick will use the information you provided to try to find suitable "cover art" for this song. This cover art will be used in search results and some other places in the app.
If no cover art is selected FATpick will generate a "placeholder" cover for the song.
Submit the Form
When the cover art toggle (at flag 3) is active this button (flag 4) will read "Search for Cover Art" and clicking it will trigger the optional search for cover art (described below).
Otherwise the button reads "Add Song". Clicking the button will complete the import and open the song in the tab player. The cover art search will be skipped (and you'll immediately jump to Step 4 below).
Step 3: (Optionally) Choose Cover Art
Assuming the option was enabled, FATpick will now search for the cover art to use for this song. This may take a few seconds but if you get tired of waiting you can abort the search at any time by clicking on the "Cancel" button.
Once the search is complete you will be presented with a handful of cover art options to choose from. Click a cover to select it (flag 1). Or, if none of the options look right to you select "None" (flag 2) to fall back to a generated "placeholder" cover.
Once you have selected a cover (or the "none" option) click the "Add Song" button (3) to complete the import.
Step 4: Import and Play
Once the cover art has been selected (or the cover art search has been skipped) FATpick will upload the score file, prepare it for use in the app, and complete the import.
This process should only take a couple of seconds, after which your new song will open in the tab player (gameplay screen) and be ready to play.
NOTE: This is an update to a previous blog post on this topic.