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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.
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So how does it work? As an example, the well-known tune Speed the Plough could be written in abc as
X:1 T:Speed the Plough M:4/4 C:Trad. K:G |: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:|
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