ABC music notation - an alternate to the traditional stave?

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  1. 2nd tenor

    2nd tenor Well-Known Member

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    By complete change I've just come across the ABC music notation system as invented/discovered/adapted by Chris Walshaw. Please see these sites for extra details: ABC notation - Wikipedia and abc | home .

    It seems like a potentially simple and quick way of writing music using just a (qwerty) keyboard. I wonder whether anyone has experience of it (playing or writing) or uses it for anything at all.
     
  2. David Mann

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    Not in that exact format, but I remember kids at our school using something similar for recorder music in the 1960s. Also on early mobiles you could compose ringtones with a code something like 8e2 8d#2... The beauty of standard notation is the ease of seeing relative pitch and patterns, enabling fluent reading.
     
  3. BrianT

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    Although they start with the same ABC file, the two renderings of The Legacy Jig on the ABC wiki are different. One has 1st/2nd time bar brackets and the other doesn't. So a performance from one score would be different to a performance from the other. I don't like the inconsistency.
     
  4. Jack E

    Jack E Well-Known Member

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    But there are already fonts which let you write music on a Bass or Treble Clef stave, and using only a standard QWERTY keyboard and word processor, aren't there - and which include all the fancy stuff, like rests and musical notation, too?
     
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