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ABC Files

PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:29 am
by Mike Dixon
As promised/threatened the ABC thread!

I think a .abc NPS facility would be useful on the society website – I use folktunefinder and the sites if I do want an abc file but is amazing how often they are in a different key and sometimes need some editing anyway to fully align them with the NPS published version

The member written tunes are, of course not on any such site – Julia kindly circulated some last year - they must be ideal candidates for the NPS website?

I also note from the Autumn 2011 newsletter P2 that the ‘age of the music book is in fact coming to its close’ and that the use of the website might now be more appropriate – I assume .pdf and/or .abc files?

I for one think they can and should co-exist. The tune books are a handy size to carry around and give a consistent set of tunes for NPS playarounds – I much prefer that format to reams of A4 – or perhaps we should all get ipads and go paperless – not for me I am afraid!


Re: ABC Files

PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 2:25 pm
by GrahamRB
Copied from the other thread..
Another possible link:

and another useful link:

I suggest making links, posted within a thread, open in a new page; it would mean that this forum remains on the task bar during subsequent navigations rather than becoming 'lost'.

Re: ABC Files

PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:17 pm
by Julia Say
the quote was "the committee will need to consider whether the age of the book (etc)

and the remark (which I wrote ) was intended to provoke member reaction thus enabling the committee to decide one way or the other.

If members feel books are still desirable, production will continue!


Re: ABC Files

PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:19 am
by Tim Rolls
Personally I don't have the skill to use an abc converter, but looking for other things I came across these
An abc converter
and another for Macs

which are both on the NPS website "links" page, along with a load of other interesting life wasting stuff.

I too am of the opinion that tunebooks will outlast digital media as we know it. But them I'm a fan of low tech stuff that you can read and write without the intervention of a machine that can just fail or, even worse, destroy what you've spent hours doing.

Re: ABC Files

PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 3:29 pm
by Richard Heard
I have been using the abc converter from the concertina website, and the abc transposer, for at least two or three years. Both are easy to use and have proved very useful.
Using the concertina site's Tune-o-Tron converter, it is easy to modify musical notes or add text notes after pasting the script into the box and before pressing the'submit' button, so that they appear in the finished pdf version of the tune.