How to …

This page features a series of “how to …” articles on using and understanding abc. So far:

  1. How to get started with abc notation
  2. How to understand abc (the basics)
  3. 6 of the best – a guide to abc software

More to follow …


10 Responses to “How to …”

  1. Howard says:

    How do I pull up just songs for tin whistles?

  2. sean kelly says:

    I found “judy and jim’s wedding” but don’t understand how to print the sheet music.

  3. Chris says:

    Hi Howard,
    I don’t think it’s possible to find tunes just for tin whistle and anyway there are thousands and thousands that would work on a whistle. If you wanted tunes in a particular key (e.g. D) and of a particular type (e.g. jigs which are in 6/8) you could search for “K:D M:6/8”.
    Hope this helps,

  4. Chris says:

    Hi sean,
    There are two ways of doing this. Either download the score – right-click on “png” where it says “download abc | midi | png | musicxml” – and download a printable image file. Alternatively, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “printable page” (bottom right) – then you can print the entire page (use Ctrl+P on a PC or cmd+P on a Mac).
    Hope this helps,

  5. Mark Conely says:

    I’m printing out music I’v transposed/re arranged for the Tin Whistle but now the tab won’t print out? Any thoughts?


    Mark and Wendy

  6. Chris says:

    What abc software are you using? Chris

  7. Magnificent goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you’re just too fantastic.

  8. Chris says:

    Hi – sorry for the delay in replying. The main software I use is EasyABC, but see my recent blog post for some more recommendations: Chris

  9. Gary Arrington says:

    I know EasyABC can suppress the lyrics, but when I load the file in an app on my tablet, the lyrics are back. Is there anyway to permanently strip lyrics from the file without deleting line-by-line?

  10. Chris says:

    Not that I know of. It would be easy to do using command line utilities on a linux machine, something like “grep -v ^W: >” but that’s probably lower level than you are looking for. Chris