The problem with midi … resolved

August 31st, 2021

In a previous post I wrote at length about the long-term problems of providing a midi player for tunes on the site.

I am pleased to say that, as of February 2021, that problem is now resolved.

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Can I host TuneGraphs on my own site?

February 12th, 2018

A number of people have seen the TuneGraphs on abcnotation.comĀ and asked if they could include them on their own website.

The short answer is yes, although there are a number of restrictions.

If you are interested in this possibility, read on.

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6 of the best – a guide to abc software

November 12th, 2017

A few folks have asked me recently for recommendations of abc software …

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Website redesign

July 1st, 2017

Regular visitors to will notice that the website has been completely redesigned.

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Forums shut down

April 2nd, 2015

I have decided to close down the discussion forums at The existing content is still available to view but you will not be able to post anything.

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Happy birthday, abc!

December 8th, 2013

I can’t remember exactly when I started scribbling bits of music down on paper in text form, though it must have been sometime around 1986 or 87.

However, I do have a very precise date for when I released version 1.0 of abc2mtex on an unsuspecting world – 8th December 1993 – exactly 20 years ago today.

Happy birthday, abc! (And thanks to all those who have contributed software, tunes, help and suggestions over the years.)


The problem with midi

April 10th, 2013

UPDATE: The problem has now been resolved!

When I first set up the tune search, back in 2009, I seem to remember it wasn’t too difficult to provide an embedded midi player next to each tune … once I’d got around Internet Explorer’s quirks, that is.

Sadly however, it seems to be getting harder rather than easier. And it’s not just me that thinks that: as w3schools says “Playing audio in HTML is not easy!

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At last …

March 6th, 2013

Nearly a year ago I thought it would be a nice idea to incorporate scalable vector graphics into the site … shouldn’t take too long, I thought …

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March 1st, 2012

I’m very pleased to announce that the mobile version of has just been launched.

Optimised for smart-phones and other hand-held devices you can find it at

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Happy new year

January 10th, 2012

It’s that time of year again so I thought I’d give a quick round-up of what’s been going on here in abc land over the past year:

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