Links and Resources
Tunes, Tips and other Good Stuff
Resources, Dance Compositions, Indices, and the like
Charlie Seelig's amazing links page for contra dance musicians.
Tune collections on the Internet a big ol' list o' links of tunes in gif, jpg, pdf, tif and abc format
Contra Dance Music: A Working Musician's Guide is a gold mine of links to articles about playing for dances by musicians and callers.
ABC is a language designed to notate tunes in text format. It is elegant in its simplicity, easy to learn and an incredibly useful tool for folk musicians.
Links to get you started on abc notation and software:
Notes from the 2/1/04 abc workshop are here in pdf format.
Chris Walshaw's ABC Home Page This site has EVERTHING abc.
The abc Music Project a collection of resources for abc users.
How to interpret abc music notation a tutorial by Steve Mansfield
The abc standard V1.6 The standard currently in use
The abc standard V2.0 The draft of the next version. Contains great information for the advanced user.
abc examples This page contains a whole series of abc examples starting from notes, beams, etc right through to some fairly complex tunes.
Online tools for abc:
John Chamber's ABC Tune Finder is an index of most tunes in abc on the web.
ABC Format Music Sites page o' links
Mandolin Tab Online Converter
There is a comprehensive list of abc software at the abc notation site.
You can find a complete list of applications for mac, windows, linux and mobile devices.
A few of our favorites are linked below
an open source ABC editor for Windows, OSX and Linux. If you're overwhelmed and don't wnt to mess with a lot of research, I recommend this one. This is what many of us use to make pdf files for SPUDS.
TuneBook is an iPhone/iPad app from Jerry Huxtable for viewing abc tunes in staff notation. This is Sarah's go-to app on her iPad.
TradMusician is an Android app from Nicolas Jouve which can display abc in standard notation, play it with midi and synchronize with an online tunebook.
Other Excellent Tools for Musicians
LiveBPM is a tempo monitoring tool for iPhone and Android that detects music and beats via the microphone and continuously displays the current tempo in beats per minute (BPM). It is easy to use and delivers high-quality results while being energy efficient.
An excellent Open Souce (read: legally free) sound processing program. In addition to numerous sound effects processing capabilities and the ability to cut-and-paste sound clips, it can slow down any MP3 file by pretty much any amount you want without losing pitch.
A free and well-featured utility for converting between most audio formats. It is from http://www.softwarepile.com/ who also provide a respectable number of other free software utilities.
Seems to convert every conceivable digital format. All you have to do is upload a file to the website. No need to install software! Free as well.
The Amazing Slowdowner from Roni Music
Not exactly for ABC's, but an essential tool for slowing down a tune that is being played at supersonic speed. Reasonably priced and available for PC and Mac.
More software that lets you slow tunes down. There is also a free demo available for downloading
Want to help? Please with suggestions, additions, corrections and tunes in abc format. Thanks!