I use ABC offerings coz I am lazy and slow minded.
So thanks to all those who put up the letters as I would not know how too.
I don't read the letters to play of course as they make me feel dicksexlycqueasy.
I just slam em into tuneotron to hear how the toon goes (midi)and save it to my toons folder and then I open pdf and save the dots (with the keyofD keyofC keyofG in the filename alongside the midi, so I know which instrument with the right key to use.
Then when I want to practise I can listen to midi, while I look at the dots to see where it is going.
I have to admit that once I have heard how the melody goes I can play/sing from the dots... but then I have been doing it that way since I was a tot. bad/good habit? No just the way my ear-brain=hand-gob links work.
That said, I really am most impressed by folk like Dirge who can plough straight in, playing from the dots.
BUT.. I also use ABC it to find sound and dots very quickly.
e.g. I search for
nimrod abcnotation (or just abc) midi
Alas in that case I only get an MP3!!! But do: "lang syne abc midi words lyrics" and you get pots of choice http://www.bing.com/...m=QBRE&filt=all
A lady tina player from/at Whitby said she simply finds a tune new to her on youtube and picks it up by listening to it from there in no time at all.
INteresting that stuff from folk like Beethoven are available in ABC. Will investigate.
And I know I already have an excellent sound version of Nimrod....... played by Dirge on tina after a pint or two of excellent Fox Beer ....(he is not averse to folk hearing it but feels it is not his best, so have so far not put it up, but I like it! Any requests?)
The clue to his ability to read SEMI quavers and demis etc must be due to the fact that:
"Many have taught that Semiramus was the wife of Nimrod...."
This is not to suggest that Dirge is "Nimrod: Man, Maniac or Myth? Is this Nimrod with horns [power] and his men. climbing the Ziggurat shooting at the three stars in Heaven?" -- bearing in mind apparently that Nimrod is allegedly derived from 'marad' - rebel.
I do not Dirgress however. To get a more accurate piccy of the usefulness of ABC perhaps one might ask how many of us:
I DO sight read and play easily straight from score without help of sound midi.
I DO NOT sight read easily and like the midi (/mp3/utube)and maybe abc converted dots to get going quickly.
I will put up two posts one for yes and one for no. No need to,indeed don't)answer, just open the relevant post and that will, courtesy of the wonders of Schwarzenomics give us a viewed count which will give a snapshot of those who can and those who can't.
Edited by Kautilya, 21 November 2011 - 05:18 PM.