How to Import Lead Sheet Files to Singscope

After you have a Lead Sheet MusicXML file ready, it's the time to deliver it to your iPhone and import it to the Singscope app. In this document, we present several methods for the file delivery. Although we use iPhone as an example here, the same is also applicable to iPad or iPod Touch.

The function described in this document is part of Vocal Warm Up Exercises Feature Pack. It is an in-app purchase item. Before purchasing the item, you can activate the free trial version and check if the function is suitable for your use. If you'd like to activate the free trial or purchase the item, please visit our In-App Store in the Singscope app.

Singscope supports 3 MusicXML file types: *.mxl files, *.musicxml files, and legacy *.xml files with MusicXML contents. We recommend mxl file type, because the file is compressed and is significantly smaller in size. In the examples illustrated in this document, we still use a legacy “xml” file. When you import a “mxl” file, the overall steps are still the same as shown, and some steps may be cleaner and simpler because the file type is less known to other apps installed on your device. Please note that the screenshots shown in the examples were taken in Mid-2017. The actual user interface may vary over time.

The sample file “Home, Sweet Home@Classical.mxl” is available for download from the following link:

Home, Sweet Home.mxl

If your installed Singscope version is earlier than 2.2.2, the mxl file type is not supported. You can still download the xml sample file from the following link:

Home, Sweet Home.xml

1. Use AirDrop

If your computer is a Mac that supports AirDrop, you can directly deliver the lead sheet file to iPhone via AirDrop.

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1.1 Unlock your iPhone, and then on your Mac, open the AirDrop folder with Finder. If AirDrop was setup correctly and enabled, you'll see the icon of your iPhone inside the AirDrop folder. To start the file transfer, simply drag and drop the lead sheet file onto the icon, as shown in the following screenshot:

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1.2 The AirDrop message will show up on the iPhone.

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1.3 On “AirDrop Open with...”, select Singscope. Then, the file will be delivered to the Singscope app.

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1.4 In Singscope, after the file is imported, it will be saved in “My Song Book” folder.

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1.5 Tap the file name to open the lead sheet in Singscope's user interface.

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From Singscope, you can also use AirDrop to share any imported MusicXML file to another iPhone or iPad. More details about sharing music files are presented in the next topic “Use Your Lead Sheets” on the main page.

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2. Use iCloud Drive

The second method for transferring files from your computer to iPhone is to use a cloud drive service that provide apps for both computer and mobile devices. In this section, we use Apple's iCloud Drive as an example. The iCloud Drive is built-in for Mac and iPhone. For Windows platform, it is available in the free “iCloud for Windows” installation.

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2.1 The first step is to put the MusicXML file somewhere in your iCloud Drive. On the Mac, open the iCould Drive folder with Finder, and then drag and drop the MusicXML file to iCould Drive. In this example, we created a MusicXML folder and put the file there, as shown in the following screenshot:

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2.2 Now go to your iPhone and open the iCould Drive app. Find and open the MusicXML folder that you created on the Mac, and then tap open the MusicXML file.

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2.3 The MusicXML file is just a plain text file that contains xml script. The iCloud Drive app does not recognize the content and will just show the text. We can see from the text that it is a MusicXML, as shown in the screenshot. Now, tap the “Share” button on the lower left corner.

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2.4 The file sharing interface will popup on your iPhone to let you choose an app or a sharing method. Find “Import with Singscope” icon in the second row that contains a list of apps. If Singscope is not listed in the front few apps, you can slide this row leftward and find it at later position. Tap Singscope icon, and the file will be imported and saved in “My Song Book”. For additional steps after that, please refer to Section 1.4.

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3. Use Google Drive

In this section, we present the use of Google Drive to deliver the MusicXML file from a computer to iPhone.

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3.1 The first step is to put the MusicXML file somewhere in your Google Drive, similar to the way we present in the Section 2.1. Or, you can upload the file to your Google Drive web page using a browser.

3.2 On your iPhone, open the Drive app, browse and find the MusicXML file in your Google Drive, and then tap open the MusicXML file.

3.3 The Google Drive app does not recognize the MusicXML file content, so it simply shows “unsupported file type”. Now, tap the “Menu” button on the upper right corner as indicated in the screen screenshot.

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3.4 On the menu, tap the item “Open in”.

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3.5 The file sharing interface will popup on your iPhone to let you choose an app or a sharing method. Find “Import with Singscope” icon in the second row that contains a list of apps. If Singscope is not listed in the front few apps, you can slide this row leftward and find it at later position. Tap Singscope icon, and the file will be imported and saved in “My Song Book”. For additional steps after that, please refer to Section 1.4.

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4. Use OneDrive

In this section, we present the use of Microsoft OneDrive to deliver the MusicXML file from a computer to iPhone.

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4.1 The first step is to put the MusicXML file somewhere in your OneDrive, similar to the way we present in the Section 2.1. Or, you can upload the file to your OneDrive web page using a browser.

4.2 On your iPhone, open the OneDrive app, browse and find the MusicXML file in your OneDrive, and then tap open the MusicXML file.

4.3 The MusicXML file is just a plain text file that contains xml script. The OneDrive app does not recognize the content and will just show the text. We can see from the text that it is a MusicXML, as shown in the screenshot. Now, tap the “Menu” button on the upper right corner.

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4.4 On the menu, tap the item “Open in Another App”.

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4.5 The file sharing interface will popup on your iPhone to let you choose an app or a sharing method. Find “Import with Singscope” icon in the second row that contains a list of apps. If Singscope is not listed in the front few apps, you can slide this row leftward and find it at later position. Tap Singscope icon, and the file will be imported and saved in “My Song Book”. For additional steps after that, please refer to Section 1.4.

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5. Use Dropbox

In this section, we present the use of Dropbox to deliver the MusicXML file from a computer to iPhone.

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5.1 The first step is to put the MusicXML file somewhere in your Dropbox, similar to the way we present in the Section 2.1. Or, you can upload the file to your Dropbox web page using a browser.

5.2 On your iPhone, open the Dropbox app, browse and find the MusicXML file in your Dropbox, and then tap open the MusicXML file.

5.3 The MusicXML file is just a plain text file that contains xml script. The Dropbox app does not recognize the MusicXML file content and will just show some text from the file. Now, tap the “Menu” button on the upper right corner as indicated in the screen screenshot.

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5.4 On the menu, tap the item “Export”.

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5.5 On the “Export” interface, tap the icon “Open in” in the third row.

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5.6 The file sharing interface will popup on your iPhone to let you choose an app or a sharing method. Find “Import with Singscope” icon in the second row that contains a list of apps. If Singscope is not listed in the front few apps, you can slide this row leftward and find it at later position. Tap Singscope icon, and the file will be imported and saved in “My Song Book”. Please note that in some cases, Dropbox may change the letters in the file name to lower case. You can rename the name back in Singscope. For additional steps after that, please refer to Section 1.4.

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6. Use Email

You can use email to transfer the MusicXML file from a computer to iPhone, if you have setup an email account on your iPhone.

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6.1 Simply compose an email with the MusicXML file as an attachment, and send it to the email address that can be received on iPhone. Then, on your iPhone, open the Mail」app, receive and open the email. Tap to download and open the xml attachment, and you'll see the file is opened in the same way as shown in the screenshot in Section 3.2. For additional steps, please refer to Section 3.2.

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