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  1. Alistair Anderson's English Tutorial here. Salvation Army English Tutorial here. Selection of 600+ tunes (largely but not exclusively 'English') here - in various formats (free PDF, free ABC (see below), paid-for print-on-demand). There are a million selections of tunes on the internet. Paul Hardy's tune collections are among the very best there are... Taking this a little further... If you aren't familiar with ABC, this link leads to a set of high-quality tutorials for this easy-to-use text based system for writing down music, and then generating printed scores and simple sound files. This is great for writing down the tunes you want to learn, rather than the tunes in a printed tutor (always an incentive when learning, I think?). You do need a computer with an ABC system installed though (I use EasyABC).
  2. Have you considered buying them a 'toy melodeon' as an alternative - an example here. That's in the UK, but I'm sure you'll find similar in North America. It'll be cheaper, and there are all the buttons etc. to play with. Get them one each, so they can play duets - get two different colours to avoid fights... I seem to remember reading a story about someone who got a fettler to 'hot-rod' one of these things, which was subsequently used with great success as a 'novelty' at Morris dance outs... There are many threads on melodeon.net dealing with these things, eg: here. Do an 'Advanced Search' on the phrase "toy melodeon" to see more... There's any number of videos on YouTube. This is a favourite...
  3. Correct! That's what you get when you do 'difficult' stuff early in the morning, before that first, vital caffeine infusion, and before being fully awake - if I can ever be described as fully awake...😎 hcjones described the situation far more concisely than I did, and my software simply abides by those conventions. FWIW, it also handles all keys with the same number of sharps/flats in the same way, so Cmaj, Ddor, Amin/Aaeo, etc. are all handled in the same way...
  4. Yes. Why? Because in the ABC code for a tune in the key of Amajor, Fs, Gs and As are written as 'F', 'G' and 'A' (or 'f', 'g', 'a', etc. depending on the octave), and I write the ABC notes as encountered in the ABC script. I do the same for all key signatures. I read the file into memory and then close it (so I can't 'mangle' the original ABC code). I then do the necessary scanning of the music lines in the in-memory code, make the required changes, and write the modified ABC to a completely new file... I did think about explicitly writing the accidentals as accidentals, but the sharpening (or flattening) of the notes is implicit in standard staff notation, so I decided to go with that convention. Explicit accidentals in the ABC code are written as such (see the 'D's and 'ds' in the example I posted). I hope that explains it adequately...
  5. Of course, if you're a masochist with too much time on your hands, you can modify any ABC script to include a partial rendering of the ABC code itself, as part of the score, along with the standard staff notation. A sort of 'belt and braces' approach: I was asked to supply note-names below the notes by someone running a whistle class, and from that it was only one step further to convert the note names to ABC names. What fun...😎 ach.abc
  6. Yes, you're absolutely right, but it looks like it's a non-trivial exercise to set things up to run the program 'locally' ('twas discussed a while back, I think?), and I simply don't have the time to investigate this further. When/if some public spirited individual provides a download which works 'straight-out-of-the-box' I may look at it again, but I'm too long in the tooth to want to start learning all sorts of new stuff ('lack of moral fibre', I guess)...
  7. I do exactly the same with my own ABC 'tune book', and use my own software to search for (and extract to a separate ABC file), all tunes which match (just about) any search criterion I can think of. I use a 'notepad' computer rather than a 'phone (because I need to run the software), but the principle is the same.
  8. Drifting a little off-topic, is that the 'Jianpu' system? If the answer is yes, then there is apparently a feature in abc2svg which accommodates this notation. I'm never going to use this notation though - this is just to make sure you know it's there, if you wanted to use it... As far as I can see, abc2svg is supposed to be the 'replacement' for abcm2ps, but looking at the dialogues on the ABC-Users mailing list, there do seem to be a number of problems with the software which are a little off-putting.[1] _______________ [1] Actually, I'm not going to be using abc2svg any time soon, as it seems to require that I connect to the internet to use it. I no longer connect my 'workhorse' machine to the internet, a policy I introduced last July, since when I've had completely trouble free usage - no automatic updates of software or operating system which I don't want updating; no intrusive messages from manufacturers/software suppliers concerning stuff which is none of their business, etc. One of the best decisions I ever made...
  9. [1] Absolutement, mon general! After 5-6 years, I can read a little ABC - though I don't go out of my way to do it. In a way, it's only to be 'expected' - once you become a little familiar with the language, you can translate it directly into the required result - up to a point... [2] I did a few simple tests 3-4 years ago. lilypond scripts are something like 2.5-5 times more verbose than the equivalent ABC script. MuseScore scripts are ~10x larger than the equivalent ABC script (and they aren't directly readable). So yeah, ABC cuts it, I think - certainly, it does for me... [3] My main point - see if these simple tutorials also do the job. I started with these, and still refer back to them 5-6 years down the road...
  10. Here is the ABC: X:589 T:Barnacle Bill %A lightly edited tune from Richard Robinson's tune book: http://richardrobinson.tunebook.org.uk T:Blue Peter theme tune C:Ashworth-Hope Z:Steve Mansfield June 2001 rev. 05/10/2003 N:Posted to uk.music.folk 05/10/2003 M:4/4 L:1/8 Q:1/4=130 R:Hornpipe K:Gmaj |: DE | G2 G2 GABc | d2 d2 d2 ef | gage dedB | AGEG A2 DE | |1 G2 G2 GABc | d2 d2 d2 ge | fafd egec | d2 d2 d2 :| |2 GAGe edBd | dBAB G2 e2 | dedB GABc | d2 f2 g2 |] |: ga | g2 d2 cBAG | d2 d2 d2 ga | g2 d2 cBAG | c2 e2 d2 ga | g2 d2 cBAG | d2 d2 d2 ge | f2 a2 g2 b2 | a2 e2 fe d2 :| g2 d2 cBAG | d2 d2 d2 ga | g2 d2 cBAG | c2 e2 d2 d2 | g2 d2 a2 d2 | bc'ba g2 e2 | dedB GABc | d2 B2 G2 || I have attached a PDF. I must say that when I play that ABC back, it doesn't sound much like my memory of the 'Blue Peter' theme tune... Which reminds me... I've been meaning to ask for ages! Anyone have an ABC transcription of the old BBC Radio 4 Theme? That would be nice! Barnacle Bill.pdf
  11. I know of at least one set of laser printer templates for Anglo concertina, eg: here. I don't think laser printers work properly if you feed them a diet of Cadbury's Chocolate Buttons... So, is it 'solid' chocolate (or blancmange, or whatever) or is it 'icing' on a celebration cake? It looks pretty convincing at first sight...
  12. I don't remember posting that diagram, but as Luke Hillman has tagged this, thus at least notionally 'reviving' the thread, I'll add that that text-based diagram has the notes designated as push/pull - just in case anyone looks and is confused...
  13. Thanks! Nice piece - I must have another go at it! The other James Fitton? He can't be that renowned because I've never heard of him...😎 My dad was from Oldham - Featherstall Road (though I don't know if Featherstall Road still exists...).
  14. 'I only listen to Irish and English folk music'. In that case, that's all you'll hear. Try searching for other genres of music... Try SoundCloud as well... 'That's all?' No, if you buy a concertina, you'll be limited only by your own ingenuity and imagination...
  15. Can't speak for anyone else, but I've been a fan of the Coppers and Peter Bellamy and that very special style of singing since 'Noah built the Ark'! Supplementary: Are you by any chance, the same James Fitton who composed 'Rainbow Jigs'?
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