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  1. I hope this is the right place for this... The other day, while indulging my hobby of plundering 'legacy' ABC files for good new tunes, I came across a whole directory of files which I had no memory of ever downloading. A little searching revealed the source: Tom Buchanan's Scottish Tome That link directs you to a web page which has over 1100 Scottish/Irish tunes in ABC sub-collections (jigs, reels, etc.), and individually in ABC, PDF and page scan formats. There is also a (PDF) document explaining how the project originated (on Th
  2. A very simple question about ABC usage. I sometimes see two different notes joined by a "-". Can't be a tie because the notes are different. I don't think it can be intended to be a slur because itdoesn't appear as such in the generated score.Any ideas please on what the intended purpose of this "-" might be? The standard is clear about what constitutes a tie or a slur - this usage seems to contradict both these definitions.There are three examples in the short ABC script below.Thank you.---------------------------------------------------------------------X:1T:Rights of Man, TheM:4/4L:1/8
  3. A simple question (I hope). Some folks use 'below-the-staff' note names as an aid to learning staff notation. Is there a convention for notating accidentals? That is, are accidentals depicted as (say) #C and #F, as they would appear in the score, or as C# and F#? I did a simple implementation of this scheme a while ago for a whistle class, and the accidentals problem did not occur because of the limited scope of a whistle. I now wish to generalise the implementation to include all notes. Thanks.
  4. Does any reader of this forum know of any ABC collections of tunes suitable for a 2-row (20-button) concertina? This is for a new player who only has a 20-button, and who is looking for 'more tunes'. I'll build a small selection for him myself if push comes to shove, but I hope there's already something suitable out there... Thanks.
  5. I guess this should go in 'Tunes'? It should be of interest to some members of this forum? Here's a new website from a well-known U.K. melodeon/concertina duo. Their new website features a music section where there is a rapidly growing selection of tunes in PDF, ABC and YouTube video formats. Featured instruments are usually English concertina and melodeon, but Anglo, cello, banjo, vocals feature on some tracks.
  6. Can any expert ABC user please tell me a fool-proof method for inserting Unicode characters into the text generated by an ABC file? I want to insert sharp, flat, natural, and (occasionally) double sharp and double-flat into the w: line(s) of an ABC file. The escape sequences given in Guido Gonzato's manual (\201, \202, \203, \204, \205) work for sharp, flat and natural, but not for double-sharp and double-flat. This is as per ABC standard as far as the first three go, but unless I missed it, the standard is silent on the subject of double-sharp and d
  7. This is a short review of the book 'There was None of this Lazy Dancing' by Bob Ellis. The book is about the music played at dances in the Yorkshire Dales. There are a lot of good (folk) tune books. There is a smaller but significant number of books dealing with the social history of (folk) music. There are very few books which deal with both the music and the social history of the music. This book is a significant addition to that small sub-genre. The book is a collection of tunes played at dances in the Yorkshire Dales. The tunes are present
  8. I've just com across a slightly strange meter specification in an old ABC file. It is M:4/4l (that's a lower case 'l', not the digit '1'). As far as I can see, this has no effect on the score or on the MIDI playback. I can't find anything about this in the documentation. Anyone have an idea what this might be for? Thank you.
  9. I am using EasyABC on a HP machine running Windoze 10. I have a problem with correct representation of numeric values in the Q: field. Briefly, any value above 127 produces an incorrect value both in the display, and in the generated PDF file. Here's an example: X:1 T:Newcastle M:4/4 L:1/8 Q:1/4=150 K:G |: A2 | "G" B2 d2 "D7" G2 A2 | "G" G3 A G2 D2 | "G" B2 d2 G2 d2 | "C" e2 g4 fe | "G" d2 B2 A2 G2 | "C" E2 e4 dc | "G" d2 B2 "D7" A3 G |1 "G" G4 G2 :|2 "G" G6 |] |: ef | "G" gfed g3 B | "Am" A2 g4 A2 | "Em" G3 A "Bm" B2 F2 | "Em" E2 e4 f2 | "G" gfed g3
  10. There seem to be two ways to specify grace notes in ABC - {n} and {/n}. These are for Acciaccatura and Appoggiatura (*). The latter form produces a note with a stroke through the vertical bar. What I'd like to ask is: For 'folk/traditional music', does it matter which form is used? I tried both forms in a tune, and on playback, simply couldn't tell the difference... Ta. Roger (*) Highly technical, eh? - not sure I understand the difference, to be honest!
  11. I just came across this ABC reference card. http://www.stephenmerrony.co.uk/uploads/ABCquickRefv0_6.pdf I can't see it flagged anywhere in this forum. It may be of use to some readers? Roger
  12. I just came across an ABC file in which there are E: fields in the headers - eg: E:10. I had a look at the ABC specification, Guido Gonzatos manual and Steve Mansfields tutorials and could find no mention of an E: field. Any ideas as to what it might be for? Thank you. Roger.
  13. I guess this is one for the ABC experts. As an aid to learning the tunes, I'm transposing some Playford tunes into ABC, and am including chords (these are from another players 'personal' scores). In ABC terms, the tunes are M:C| or M:6/4. The default chord profile for M:C| seems to be %%MIDI gchord fzczfzcz. There doesn't seem to be a default profile for M:6/4 so I have cribbed a profile of %%MIDI gchord fzcfzc from somewhere (*). Both of these profiles produce an 'oom-pah' style chord accompaniment when played back through my ABC editor/player (I am using EasyABC). As I'm only
  14. Writing code in ABC2Win (not Barfly, this time), I've successfully used the P field to indicate parts. ABABCAB, etc. However, now I'm working on something where it's 'sort of' ABACA, but it ends with a 'tag' or whatever that is a mix and variation of A and B. It seems like it would be weird to call it 'D,' a new part. I can give the example later...not at the moment...but just in case anyone has run into the same problem, I'm asking what to try to do. Maybe just use repeats where necessary and write in the 'D.C. Al Segno' And 'Fine' and all that?
  15. I've just had occasion to use a triplet for the first time in an ABC script, ie: (3ABc It looks OK in the score, but sounds rotten when I play back the MIDI representation [I'm using EasyABC] - the three notes are not the same duration. If I 'fudge' it - (3AB<c - it is better, but still not good [and strictly is not 'correct' ABC? As I understand it, the notes are intended to be the same length, and should be specified as such in the code]. As far as I can see, using the full form of tuplet specification: (a:b:c wouldn't help here. Any suggestions for ensuring
  16. I've been looking over the chart for English concertina fingering as given here: http://www.concertina.com/fingering/ The first chart, English Concertina Keyboard -- http://www.concertina.com/fingering/images/english48-W842H736.gif has me wondering why it's shown as starting an octave above Middle C. This isn't 'wrong' but I can't figure out if it's actually 'correct' and I would in fact be somehow wrong to show the chart with the lowest C being notated with a capital C, not the small c. So, I would have started with the low G being lower, notated as G, -- then continue
  17. Some of you may remember earlier postings of mine, refering you to the ‘Lusthof der Muziek’ or ‘Garden of Musical Delights’ (http://lusthof-der-muziek.blogspot.com/) [lusthof-der-muziek.blogspot.com/], our website for the dissemination of rare musical sources from the Netherlands and Flanders from the 16th to the 20th century. Over de last couple of months, a lot of new material has been added. Both famous and obscure sources from our folk (and ‘burgher’) history are now available online, often in various digital formats (abc, pdf, mp3, xml) and all free of charge. To give you a taster, so
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