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Welcome to abcnotation.com, home of abc notation - the text-based music notation system and the de facto standard for folk and traditional music.
Here is just a taste of what you can find, either at this site or via a link:
- around 390,000 tunes, available as free sheet music or midi sound files, at this site alone
- traditional music from medieval & renaissance times up to the present day
- plenty of free software (Windows, Mac, Linux, mobile, ...) to transfer abc into scores or midi sound files
- tunes from many cultures - a large proportion from Irish, Scottish & other Celtic sources, with plenty of music from America, England, France, Scandinavia & all over Europe and even a sizeable collection of Chinese music
- a notation format popular all over the world, particularly for folk and traditional music
- online versions of many well-known historical collections, such as O'Neill's Music of Ireland, Playford's English Dancing Master & tunes composed by Carolan, to name but three
- a concise, text-based music notation system, that makes it easy to share tunes via email or on websites such as this one
- session tunes, band repertoires and original music
- specialist software which can generate tabulature and fingering charts for instruments such as guitar, mandolin & banjo (and other fretted, stringed instruments), fiddle / violin / voila, diatonic accordion, trumpet, horn euphonium & tuba, harmonica and drums
- examples, tutorials, a blog, discussion forums and plenty of other information about abc
So how does it work? As an example, the well-known tune Speed the Plough could be written in abc as
T:Speed the Plough
|:GABc dedB|dedB dedB|c2ec B2dB|c2A2 A2BA|
GABc dedB|dedB dedB|c2ec B2dB|A2F2 G4:|
|:g2gf gdBd|g2f2 e2d2|c2ec B2dB|c2A2 A2df|
g2gf g2Bd|g2f2 e2d2|c2ec B2dB|A2F2 G4:|
After processing a typical result might look like this:
... musicians, concerts, bands, accessories, CDs, gigs, festivals, music shops, folk, folk clubs ...
... horn, guitar, trumpet, bagpipes, euphonium, woodwind, whistle, fiddle, recorder, flageolet ...
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