Announcement : abc2notes: Show the notes/letters from ABC notation
Even though I’ve been playing ITM for years I still find it difficult to read music in staff notation.
ABC notation is great, but it has lots of markup inline with the notes.
I’ve always learned tunes by writing out the notes as "D E F# E F# E F#" etc.
I’ve written a windows application (and a script) to add the notes/letters to staff notation so I can get the best of both.
Please see : https://sites.google.com/site/johnkeeney/code/abc2notes
A sample is available at :
abc file : https://sites.google.com/site/johnkeeney/code/abc2notes/exampletunes_notes.abc
staff format : https://sites.google.com/site/johnkeeney/code/abc2notes/exampletunes_notes.xhtml
How does this work:
I’ve provided a windows application and a script that scans the .abc file and adds the "notes"/"letters" as lyrics that appear under the staff.
It is very strongly based on the script abc2harp by Gek Siong Low.
There is the usual disclaimer that this comes with no warranty etc. and may not work very well for you.
To run abc2notes :
1: Run the executable application abc2notes_win for a graphical version.
Or, from a console:
> abc2notes_cons.exe exampletunes.abc -o exampletunes_notes.abc
Or, using perl:
> perl abc2notes.pl exampletunes.abc -o exampletunes_notes.abc
2: Open exampletunes_notes.abc with your usual abc application