JC's ABC music collection
JC's ABC music collection
This is John Chambers' ABC music collection. First, a disclaimer for those who came here looking for recordings: There are no recordings of music here. If you don't understand how you can have a music site without recordings, you are definitely at the wrong site. If you are a musician who is interested in a simple, portable, plain-text music notation with software that will run just about anywhere, you might be at one of the right sites.
session experimental tools to present music session tunes

What you'll find here

ABC education:
  • doc/ is my collection of ABC documents.
  • Chris Walshaw's ABC notation site, with a list of available software.
  • ABCintro.txt is a plain-text introduction to ABC.
  • ABCprimer.html is another introduction to ABC, in HTML.
  • Steve Mansfield's excellent ABC tutorial
  • ABCtutorial.html is a longwinded explanation of ABC.
  • ABC-FAQ.html is a collection of Frequently Asked Questions about ABC.
  • test/ is my collection of ABC test files.
    My ABC Tune Finder.
    This is a form that lets you search the index files produced by the ABCbot program. It shows the matching tunes, and lets you retrieve them in several formats. This page has been listed as a cool site by the Open Directory project. There is also an experimental version for those who might be curious about what I'm working on.

    Experimental tools to list things here: sess.cgi list.cgi tunelist
    The same tools with no directory specified: sess.cgi list.cgi tunelist
    (for testing against browsers that might omit the information)

    My ABC entry and conversion page
    This not only lets you donate all your ABC tunes to my archive (for free!), but includes conversion to PS, PDF, GIF, PNG and MIDI.
    sh
    My motley collection of programs (mostly perl) for manipulating ABC files.

  • Indexes of ABC tunes
    There are a number of efforts underway to build indexes of the growing ABC sites on the Net. They all work rather differently. Here are some of them: In addition, some people have produced indexes to their own collections:

    Send corrections, contributions, and comments about copyrights to:

    Copyright:
    If a tune here is copyrighted and the owner objects to it being here, I will of course remove it. Or, preferably, I'd be happy to add the appropriate copyright information in the tune's headers, including email and/or web addresses. I'm always trying to complete the header information for tunes. So if you know of relevant attribution that is missing for any tune (especially if it's your tune), please send me email.