This page has links to tools that are useful for anyone wanting to work with ABC and MP3 files and other things!
If you have audio files on your own computer you can use the Play Local Audio page to slow down a number of audio and video formats and play parts of them in a loop.
If you have ABC files on your own computer you can use the Play Local ABC page to play them in a loop.
If you have some ABC you want to edit you can use the editABC page.
Simply replace the ABC on that page with your ABC and the musical notation should redraw. You can also listen to your version played through the ABC player we use on the various session.nz webpages
If you’d like add the “blackboard ABC” (or is it really “whiteboard ABC” these days?) to your ABC notation, this tool may help. You may have to hand tweak the output in some cases.
- simple metronome - no bells, no whistles! Supports 30 - 200 bpm.
- in his fiddle class at Ceol Aneas 2018, Rob Zielinski suggested practicing long slow down and up bows every day for 3 months. Use this tool to help with the timing.
- test your tune knowledge - “hat tip” to Wordle and its various spinoffs.
If you can provide an MP3 file with a standalone version of the tune which people can use to learn by ear that would be great. We need that recording to be either:
- in the public domain
- have a licence that allows us to use it freely like Creative Commons
- have clear permission from the copyright holder allowing us to use it for this site
You can usually find some ABC that you can at least start with on The Session website. The ABC doesn’t need to match the recorded version exactly - close is good enough!
Pick a tune that hasn’t been transcribed, write out the ABC and then fill out the form and send the output to the address at the bottom of the page!
There are PDF copies of the book on this site at: