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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 ...

how to ...

... a growing series of articles on using and understanding abc.

abc examples

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

abc tutorials

abc quick reference guide

... a very handy tri-fold chart of abc syntax from Steve Merrony.


Note for newcomers: If you've stumbled across this page by accident - perhaps via a web search - welcome, and thanks for visiting the abc web site! Here is just a taste of what you can find at abcnotation.com, either here or via a link:

  • a notation format popular all over the world, particularly for folk and traditional music
  • tunes from many cultures - a large proportion from Irish, Scottish & other Celtic sources, with plenty of music from America, England, France, Scandinavia & all over Europe and even a sizeable collection of Chinese music
  • specialist software which can generate tabulature and fingering charts for instruments such as guitar, mandolin & banjo (and other fretted, stringed instruments), fiddle / violin / voila, diatonic accordion, trumpet, horn euphonium & tuba, harmonica and drums

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