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This page contains a whole series of abc examples starting from notes, beams, etc right through to some fairly complex tunes.

In each case, the staff notation is given first, followed by its translation into abc version.



 


staff notation for Notes example
X:1
T:Notes
M:C
L:1/4
K:C
C, D, E, F,|G, A, B, C|D E F G|A B c d|e f g a|b c' d' e'|f' g' a' b'|]

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staff notation for Note-lengths example
X:1
T:Note lengths and default note length
M:C
K:C
L:1/16
        A/2 A/ A A2 A3 A4 A6 A7 A8 A12 A15 A16|]
L:1/8
    A/4 A/2 A/ A A2 A3 A4 A6 A7 A8 A12 A15|]
L:1/4
A/8 A/4 A/2 A/ A A2 A3 A4 A6 A7|]

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staff notation for Broken-rhythm example
X:1
T:Broken rhythm markers
M:C
K:C
A>A A2>A2 A>>A A2>>>A2|]

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staff notation for Beams example
X:1
T:Beams
M:C
K:C
A B c d AB cd|ABcd ABc2|]

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staff notation for Tuplets example
X:1
T:Tuplets
M:C
K:C
(2AB (3ABA (4ABAB (5ABABA (6ABABAB (7ABABABA|]

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staff notation for Ties example
X:1
T:Ties and Slurs
M:C
K:C
(AA) (A(A)A) ((AA)A) (A|A) A-A A-A-A A2-|A4|]

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staff notation for Accidentals example
X:1
T:Accidentals
M:C
K:C
__A _A =A ^A ^^A|]

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staff notation for Guitar-chords example
X:1
T:Guitar chords
M:C
K:C
"A"A "Gm7"D "Bb"F "F#"A|]

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staff notation for Accents example
X:1
T:Accents
M:C
K:C
~A ~c .A .c vA vc uA uc|]

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staff notation for Grace example
X:1
T:Grace notes
M:6/8
K:C
{g}A3 A{g}AA|{gAGAG}A3 {g}A{d}A{e}A|]

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staff notation for Chords example
X:1
T:Chords
M:2/4
K:C
[CEGc] [C2G2] [CE][DF]|[D2F2][EG][FA] [A4d4]|]

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staff notation for Keys example
X:1
T:Keys and modes
M:4/4
K:C
T:C/CMAJOR/Cmajor
DEFG ABcd|\
K:CMAJOR
DEFG ABcd|\
K:Cmajor
DEFG ABcd|]
T:C maj/ C major/C Major
K:C maj
DEFG ABcd|\
K: C major
DEFG ABcd|\
K:C Major
DEFG ABcd|]
T:C Lydian/C Ionian/C Mixolydian
K:C Lydian
DEFG ABcd|\
K:C Ionian
DEFG ABcd|\
K:C Mixolydian
DEFG ABcd|]
T:C Dorian/C Minor/Cm
K:C Dorian
DEFG ABcd|\
K:C Minor
DEFG ABcd|\
K:Cm
DEFG ABcd|]
T:C Aeolian/C Phrygian/C Locrian
K:C Aeolian
DEFG ABcd|\
K:C Phrygian
DEFG ABcd|\
K:C Locrian
DEFG ABcd|]

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staff notation for Jigs example
M:6/8
O:I
R:J

X:1
T:Paddy O'Rafferty
C:Trad.
K:D
dff cee|def gfe|dff cee|dfe dBA|dff cee|def gfe|faf gfe|1 dfe dBA:|2 dfe dcB|]
~A3 B3|gfe fdB|AFA B2c|dfe dcB|~A3 ~B3|efe efg|faf gfe|1 dfe dcB:|2 dfe dBA|]
fAA eAA|def gfe|fAA eAA|dfe dBA|fAA eAA|def gfe|faf gfe|dfe dBA:|

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staff notation for Reels example
M:4/4
O:I
R:R

X:1
T:Untitled Reel
C:Trad.
K:D
eg|a2ab ageg|agbg agef|g2g2 fgag|f2d2 d2:|\
ed|cecA B2ed|cAcA E2ed|cecA B2ed|c2A2 A2:|
K:G
AB|cdec BcdB|ABAF GFE2|cdec BcdB|c2A2 A2:|

X:2
T:Kitchen Girl
C:Trad.
E:8
K:D
[c4a4] [B4g4]|efed c2cd|e2f2 gaba|g2e2 e2fg|a4 g4|efed cdef|g2d2 efed|c2A2 A4:|
K:G
ABcA BAGB|ABAG EDEG|A2AB c2d2|e3f edcB|ABcA BAGB|ABAG EGAB|cBAc BAG2|A4 A4:|

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staff notation for English example
H:This file contains some example
  English tunes for abc2mtex

O:E                   % mark all tunes with an E (English) for the index

X:1                   % tune no 1
T:Dusty Miller, The   % title
T:Binny's Jig         % an alternative title
C:Trad.               % traditional
R:DH                  % double hornpipe
M:3/4                 % meter
E:8                   % note spacing
I:speed 300           % speed for playabc
K:G                   % key
B>cd BAG|FA Ac BA|B>cd BAG|DG GB AG:|\
Bdd gfg|aA Ac BA|Bdd gfa|gG GB AG:|
BG G/2G/2G BG|FA Ac BA|BG G/2G/2G BG|DG GB AG:|
W:Hey, the dusty miller, and his dusty coat;
W:He will win a shilling, or he spend a groat.
W:Dusty was the coat, dusty was the colour;
W:Dusty was the kiss, that I got frae the miller.

\bigskip              % a bit of space

M:6/8                 % default meter for the following tunes
R:J                   % mark following tunes with a J (jig) for the index

X:2
T:Old Sir Simon the King
C:Trad.
S:Offord MSS          % from Offord manuscript
N:see also Playford   % notes
M:9/8
R:SJ                  % slip jig
Q:C3=120              % tempo
Z:originally in C     % transcription notes
K:G
D|GFG GAG G2D|GFG GAG F2D|EFE EFE EFG|A2G F2E D2:|
D|GAG GAB d2D|GAG GAB c2D|[1 EFE EFE EFG|A2G F2E D2:|\
M:12/8                % change meter for a bar
[2 E2E EFE E2E EFG|\
M:9/8                 % change back again
A2G F2E D2|]

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