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abc resources
« on: Jan 10, 2004, 06:51:35 PM »
Since the abc tune notation language is a hot topic in the Strings Attached forum right now, I thought this would be a good time share my favorite abc pages:

abc homepage: http://www.walshaw.plus.com/abc/
Everything you ever wanted to know about the language, including links to tutorials, software & etc.; the best place to start

Concertina.net Tune-O-Tron converter: http://www.concertina.net/tunes_convert.html
Paste in abc code and it will return a pdf file of sheet music or a midi file!

JC's ABC tunefinder: http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/abc/findtune.html
The best abc tune index on the web; it links to lots of web tune collections so includes a huge number of tunes.  Returns tunes in text, midi, gif, eps formats, among others.

The Fiddler's Companion: http://www.ceolas.org/tunes/fc/
It's not strictly an abc resource but a huge encyclopedia of Celtic, British and American folk tunes.  Great for looking up tune history, and it does have links to several thousand abc tunes (of over 30,000 tunes indexed).

BarFly: http://www.barfly.dial.pipex.com/
Phil Taylor's BarFly shareware abc text editor/viewer/player is the best Mac abc editor out there; it's basically the one program that keeps me from moving to a Windows computer!  Its coolest feature is split-screen editing; you can see the notes on a standard score as you type them in abc.

Cranford Publications website:  http://www.cranfordpub.com/
Cranford Publications publishes and sells Cape Breton tunebooks, CDs and videos, but their website includes abc files for several hundred Cape Breton tunes and settings; these don't appear to show up in JC's tunefinder.

Google: http://www.google.com
One cool thing about abc tunes is that since they're plain text, they're web-searchable.  I've often had good luck finding obscure tunes by searching on Google using the term: "(Tune Name)" abc.

I hope this all is useful to someone! -Steve

[EDIT 3/18/05]  An expanded and updated version of Andrew Kunz's Fiddler's Companion can be found at http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/index.html.  The new version currently doesn't appear to have a working search function so the old version on Ceolas may still be useful! -Steve
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Re:abc resources
« Reply #1 on: Jan 12, 2004, 12:34:40 AM »
hehe i know JC in real life

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Re:abc resources
« Reply #2 on: Jan 12, 2004, 03:21:58 AM »
One more:

Hans' ABC Music page http://hans.members.beeb.net/ABC-Music.htm is indexed in JC's Tunefinder but on his website Hans also has downloadable zipped archive files of abc versions of the Athole and Simon Fraser collections and excerpts from the Skye Collection (these are 19th-century Scottish tunebooks containing a huge number of the tunes that are in the current Scottish fiddle repertoire). -Steve

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Re:abc resources
« Reply #3 on: Mar 28, 2004, 03:54:49 AM »
Hello,
I have a question about the ABC2win shareware..I use it on windows xp and it seems to run okay, yet it plays in DOS which will not come through my speaker system..just the computers speakers..which is terrible btw..anyone know how to get them to play in the speakers..or a similar shareware that does the same thing..but maybe newer for windows XP
thanks
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« Reply #4 on: Mar 28, 2004, 10:41:51 AM »
Hi Fiddlin J

Try downloading the software called Mid2Abc on the following website, which is freeware.

http://claremusic.tripod.com/music.htm

It plays an abc file like a midi tune which will play through your
computer speakers.

You have to 'cut and paste' the text directly into the main window and then you can change the key or alter the instrument with ease.

Chris

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Re:abc resources
« Reply #5 on: Mar 29, 2004, 08:02:30 AM »
There's a very neat freeware package called ABC Navigator. It's very good for playing MIDI files - slider bar to control tempo, drop down list of instruments, that sort of thing - and it has some handy tricks for organising and searching large ABC files.

http://abcnavigator.free.fr/

I can't find an English version of the web page unfortunately, but the downloads are to the right of the screen. You need the ABC Navigator "version Francais", plus the English pack, if you want the menus etc to appear in English.


* Edited to update the link - there is now an English version of the web page too.
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Re:abc resources
« Reply #6 on: Mar 29, 2004, 02:08:57 PM »
By far the best player for abc I've ever found is Henrick Norbeck's abcmus: http://www.norbeck.nu/abcmus/

Not only do you have complete control over tempo and chords, but it even plays with lilt and "feeling" (if such a term can be used for a computer!)....

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Re:abc resources
« Reply #7 on: Jul 09, 2004, 04:56:48 PM »
Here's another great resource for abcs of Celtic tunes (mainly Irish, but including many tunes from Scottish, Cape Breton, English and other celtic folk traditions):  http://www.firepowr.com/TRAD/, the TRAD Traditional Irish Music site by Seoirse Cathal Fennell.  Seorise has culled abc tunes from many other sites in addition to his own transcriptions (my one complaint with this site is that he doesn't note sources for many of the transcriptions), and the files on his abc page are a combination of individual tunes and types of tunes; for instance the file called "hornpipes" has 251 tunes; the file called "jigs1" has 731 jigs :o and etc. for "airs", "marches" etc.   Very handy if you're looking for types of tunes rather than specific ones.  -Steve W.

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Re:abc resources
« Reply #8 on: Jul 09, 2004, 09:19:04 PM »
Thanks for posting that link Steve. More tunes for me to have a look at and try.

I'm going to ask a question and forgive me if this has been asked before or is covered elsewhere!

Is it possible to convert a midi file to ABC notation? Kinda like a reverse engineered conversion from ABC to midi if you know what I mean.

The reason I ask this is because many years ago, during my student years, I converetd a few Scottish tunes from sheet music to midi on a BBC Archimedes computer using a software package called Rhapsody. I no longer have the Archimedes computer but before getting rid of it I saved all my tunes in midi format. Stuff such as Skinner's 'The President', 'Valley of Silence' etc. There are also very many other midi files available on the net and it would be REAL handy if they could be converted to ABC because then we could get sheet music from them. This may be a tall order to convert from midi to ABC but what a new world of sheet music it would open up to us!

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Re:abc resources
« Reply #9 on: Jul 15, 2005, 06:35:37 PM »

http://abcnavigator.free.fr/

I can't find an English version of the web page unfortunately, but the downloads are to the right of the screen. You need the ABC Navigator "version Francais", plus the English pack, if you want the menus etc to appear in English.

This program has been updated since I last had a look. An English version is available :)

Woody
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Re: abc resources
« Reply #10 on: Jul 15, 2005, 06:42:19 PM »
Yup. It's what I've been using. It does have an English version.

I really like it!

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« Reply #11 on: Jul 16, 2005, 09:10:03 PM »
This program has been updated since I last had a look. An English version is available :)

Thanks Paul, for letting us know about this program. It's really good.

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Re: abc resources
« Reply #12 on: Jul 16, 2005, 11:45:07 PM »
I didn't realise there was a new version - I see he's added a sheet music viewer. Downloading now.

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Re: abc resources
« Reply #13 on: Feb 13, 2006, 04:15:07 PM »
I've moved the Writers Tune Book and the Forum Tune Book from the stickies. I challenge you all to keep them on the first page where they belong by writing some new tunes. :)

They're still available here:
Writers Tune Book
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Forum Tune Book

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Re: abc resources
« Reply #14 on: Nov 15, 2006, 06:21:04 AM »
An update to my initial post; Chris Walshaw's ABC homepage has been expanded and moved to http://www.walshaw.plus.com/abc/ -Steve
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Re: abc resources
« Reply #15 on: Dec 25, 2006, 05:45:36 PM »
is this site in i use it alot=
http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/FCfiles.html
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Re: abc resources
« Reply #16 on: Dec 25, 2006, 05:48:28 PM »
I'll put this one in but i do hope its abc=
http://www.irishtune.info/
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Re: abc resources
« Reply #17 on: Jan 19, 2007, 11:56:54 AM »
An interisting site on abc format
maybe advanced, but imformative
none the less-esp,,,,,
go to documents-then click=

ABC syntax accepted by ABCp
Web site=
http://abcp.sourceforge.net/
Hope this has not been in before.
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« Reply #18 on: Jan 19, 2007, 04:19:27 PM »
I'm not sure the Sourceforge project is still moving forward; IIRC it was a project to build a parser for abc to be embedded in web app's.--fairly high level developer stuff.  The project itself may not be of much interest to many people on this list but the documents it refers to could be.  It references the ABC 2.0 spec, which is still draft.

Which reminds me, There's a mailing list for abc issues on Yahoo that some people might be interested in: the abcusers list (groups.yahoo.com/group/abcusers/).  A lot of the abc software developers "hang out" there and it's good for technical issues regarding various reader programs; they're also good about answering abc syntax questions, and aren't condescending if the question is very basic, which is nice!  The sourceforge project has been discussed at some length in that group.

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« Reply #19 on: Jan 19, 2007, 04:26:13 PM »
Thanks i'll not use this one then ,if its not
up to date=I'll go to this one instead.
thanks again
fiddle4...

(groups.yahoo.com/group/abcusers/).

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New links for ABC Navigator and C. Walshaw's site as of 080415
« Reply #20 on: Apr 16, 2008, 04:35:30 AM »
In case the redirection links expire:

As of April 15, 2008:
ABC Navigator= http://abcnavigator.free.fr/

C. Walshaw's ABC site= http://www.walshaw.plus.com/abc/

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« Reply #21 on: Apr 16, 2008, 10:39:12 AM »
Thanks Eric, I've updated the links above.

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Re: abc resources
« Reply #22 on: Apr 21, 2008, 05:18:35 PM »
I've looked around here but find no mention of my ABC tool of choice. It's a simple JAVA application called "5 line Skink".  I know, crazy name but a neat little application for writing, editing and printing ABC files. Very low overhead and works clean in my opinion. Works with either Windows OS or with Mac. The tar file is only 178Kb, unzipped it's only 468Kb. I've used it for about two years and never a problem.  It will not readily create PDF is only a slight drawback.

Located at http://celticmusic.ca/skink.html

For some reason on my PC, the file skink.tar.gz wants to rename itself to skink.tar.tar. Simply change the file extension back to tar.gz and winzip opens it just fine.

Oh yeah, best part, it's free.

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Re: abc resources
« Reply #23 on: Jun 04, 2009, 10:33:08 PM »
abc2xml:
I needed some time to find the abc2xml archive (both directions). To be sure it does not get lost I uploaded the archive to the canorus file section:
http://developer.berlios.de/project/showfiles.php?group_id=6144

With this tool you can convert your abc into musicxml format and the other direction too. It is no longer in development (except somebody comes and restarts development on it).

I sometimes use it to be able to edit abc files in Canorus (until somebody implement an abc import filter). Seems to work quite well for me.

Regards,

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Re: abc resources
« Reply #24 on: Jul 22, 2009, 03:45:17 AM »
Chris Walshaw has recently relaunched his abc notation website, it's now at http://abcnotation.com/.  It also now includes a very nice tune search page which pops up the abc, a standard notation preview of the piece, and a playable midi version, all on the same page; extremely handy! 

Also if you visit in the next week or so, check out the link on the site's front page to a BBC Radio program on resurrecting old tunebooks that aired today, which featured an interview with Chris.

 




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