This page contains several links to resources which will help you learn abc. If you are completely new to abc you may be better to start with the how to ... articles or the tutorials - if you are more familiar with abc then the standard will give you all the rules.
the abc standard
... versions of the abc standard, the (semi-formal) description of the rules of abc, can be found at ...
- abc standard version 2.1 (Dec 2011) - the current standard
- links to previous versions and developmental work
how to ...
... a growing series of articles on using and understanding abc.
... a whole series of abc examples starting from notes, beams, etc right through to some fairly complex tunes.
- a popular abc tutorial put together by Steve Mansfield
- an abc primer written by John Chambers
- a more in-depth abc tutorial also written by John Chambers
- a guide to making music with ABC Plus by Guido Gonzato, on using advanced abc features available in abcm2ps and abcMIDI
abc quick reference guide
... a very handy tri-fold chart of abc syntax from Steve Merrony.