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 on: Today at 02:41:24 PM 
Started by May - Last post by lachenal74693
...I’m one of the sad folks who can read the notes but not the tune, if that makes sense....

I'm one of the sad folks who can't even read the notes, let alone the tune!

This means that for me, ABC is an essential prerequisite to learning a tune - I must be able
to play it back through an ABC editor player (I use EasyABC) or I quite simply can't learn the

Time to come clean - because I am unable to sight-read or mentally 'play' the tune from a score, I
have transcribed (the bulk of) the tunes in a couple of collections (two scarce, out-of-print books),
and one hand-written tune book posted on t'internet. These (and other ABC scripts) are like gold to
me - I couldn't survive without 'em. I can't make these available to others because of copyright law
and the 'ethics' behind the idea that one shouldn't pinch other folks tunes and transcribe them into
ABC (not wholesale, anyway). How much easier it would be for all, if these transcriptions were
made available 'by default' when a collection is published.

There - I've repeated what I said in my first post, but taken twice as much space to say it - that's
about par for the course for me!

It is encouraging though that at least some folks think it's a reasonable idea...


 on: Today at 02:20:05 PM 
Started by May - Last post by Helena Handcart
Another vote for abc for me - I have lots of lovely tune books sitting on the shelf but if I actually learn one of the tunes the first step is to convert to abc.

I like May's description of being able to read the notes but not the tune - that's exactly it for me. The joy of abc for me is that you don't need to be able to read it... and you don't need to be able to learn entirely by ear. You can be anywhere between the two extremes and abc will work for you.

 on: Today at 12:54:44 PM 
Started by May - Last post by Winston Smith
"I was thinking about  producing a CD to follow on from the book"

Please don't forego this idea Bob, there are still some out there (me, first and foremost) who don't read either dots or ABC's.

 on: Today at 12:52:16 PM 
Started by mselic - Last post by pete /acorn
Reply from Voci Armoniche

Dear Pete,


After the merger of Salpa and SIVA (Antonelli) into Voci Armoniche in 2002, the Salpa brand is property of Voci Armoniche. In the early years we continued to sell reeds with the Antonelli and Salpa brand; then we unified our entire production under the brand Voci Armoniche.

So we have not sold reeds with Salpa brand (stamping on the alluminium plate) for many years. And we do not intend to reactivate the brand for the future.

Salpa and Antonelli are now in the brand Voci Armoniche.

If any reeds are sold with the Salpa brand, or are old reeds, or it is counterfeiting, falsification, and violation of trademark law.

Best Regards


Lorenzo Antonelli

Presidente e Amministratore delegato

 on: Today at 12:21:23 PM 
Started by May - Last post by Bob Ellis
Now if someone could provide the abc for all of them as written  I would happily cough up a modest amount of cash  ;D

These days, one can't help wondering if it would be a 'good idea' for compilers of such collections to supply abc scripts as
a matter of course via an additional (paid-for?) download. I have one such mammoth abc script very kindly supplied gratis
by the author of such a compilation, and it's a very valuable resource (no, I'm not going to identify them).


Now, there's a thought! I was thinking about  producing a CD to follow on from the book on tunes from the Yorkshire Dales that I have nearly completed, but downloadable ABCs might be a better way to go. I've always steered clear of ABC until now, but how hard can it be? Is Lester's introduction, written in 2015 for Melnet, still the best way into ABC for a beginner or has something better been produced more recently?

 on: Today at 12:15:32 PM 
Started by May - Last post by May
Absolutely agree, some of these particular tunes I already have as abc but most I can’t even find:(
I’m one of the sad folks who can read the notes but not the tune, if that makes sense.

 on: Today at 11:54:47 AM 
Started by Winston Smith - Last post by John MacKenzie (Cugiok)
Please sir, it wisnae me sir, please sir, a big boy done an' ran awa'.


 on: Today at 10:53:07 AM 
Started by Matt Quinn - Last post by Julian S
Me too - bound to be a good un !


 on: Today at 09:48:06 AM 
Started by Winston Smith - Last post by Winston Smith
Oh no, not you too Anahata? I thought that you would be above this sort of nonsense. Perhaps Theo or Clive will step in to restore some semblance of order?

 on: Today at 09:31:59 AM 
Started by Winston Smith - Last post by Anahata
It should be "6079 Smith W", when you're in front of the Melnet Telescreen.

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