So what's the story?

SongMaven offers songwriters and musicians - whether they are a student, aspiring or professional - a free online account that enables them to write out, view and share sheet music (lyrics and chords) of their original songs.

Your songs can be individually set to be seen only by you, or seen by members you choose, or shown to all members of SongMaven.

All traditional notation symbols are available (repeat bars, time signatures, etc) as well as an easy-to-use chord chooser interface. The idea of the website is to have it be as fast or faster than writing a song down by hand. Plus your songs are available for viewing, composing or updating anywhere, anytime.

Users are allowed 10 songs with a maximum of 56 bars, with two set of lyrics lines. See the examples below, and be sure to click on stuff - it's set up to work like a real account, but nothing actually changes in the demo songs:

For more detailed information on how it works, wee the SongMaven instructions page.

To get started with your own account, you just need to have a verified Facebook account - the one with your real name (we're dealing with important copyright laws here and we need your legal name, no matter how cool your stage name is) and a working email address that we can send your password link to.

Click here for the SongMaven account registration page. There's a Facebook sign-in link at the top. Once you are signed in, just fill in the yellow highlighted fields.

Your email address is where we send the account confirmation. Once you confirm, you are ready to sign in and start using SongMaven!