How to …

This page features a couple of “how to …” articles on using and understanding abc. However, these these articles have now been superseded by video guides.

  1. How to get started with abc notation
  2. How to understand abc (the basics)


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