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How To Find Tunes
« on: October 04, 2008, 11:54:49 PM »

How to Find Tunes

Collection of the knowledge on MelNet on how to find tunes. Each source list the format available at the site. At the bottom of the list are a number of on-line tools for converting ABCs to manuscript or midi and for changing keys.

Please send any additions/corrections to Lester by PM.

Tune Collections

  • JCs Tune Finder ABC - Manuscript - MIDI
    John Chamber's Tune Finder is probably the biggest ABC tune site on the web.
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  • The Session ABC - Manuscript - MIDI
    The Session is a major source for Irish tunes
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  • Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes ABC
    A collection of Irish and Swedish tunes
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  • Concertina.net ABC - Manuscript - MIDI
    Eclectic collection of tunes
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  • Lewes Favourites ABC - Noteworthy
    Collection of mostly English Tunes
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  • Nigel Gatherer's Collection ABC
    Tunes from Scotland, Ireland, Shetland, America
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  • Lionel Bacon's Handbook of Morris Dancing ABC
    The Morris Ring's tune bible
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  • Lester's Tune-Day-Blog mp3
    Some 450 odd tunes by yours truly
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  • The Contemplator MIDI
    Lesley Nelson-Burns Tunes and Songs from Scotland, Ireland, Shetland, America
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  • Mudcat MIDIs MIDI
    Various MIDIs from the Mudcat Cafe
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  • A Traditional Music Library Manuscript - Midi
    Large and eclectic collection of tunes and songs
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  • Village Music Project Manuscript
    Transcribed versions of old manuscripts
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  • Diatonia.net Manuscript  Midi - TablEdit
    Italian site where the tunes are arranged by type (Bourree, Couranta etc)
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  • The Fiddler's Companion ABC
    The Fiddler's Companion but many tunes are not in melodeon friendly keys
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  • Google Images Manuscript
    Lucky Dip for finding images of tunes, enter the tune name and hope
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Tune Tools

  • Convert-a-matic
    On-line ABC converter outputs in MIDI and manuscript (pdf)
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  • Chords Out
    Really useful tool to remove chords from ABC
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  • Key Changer
    On-line key changing programme - paste in the ABC and set number of semitone to go up or down and press Submit. Also has handy little calculator to tell you how many semitones there are between Eb and C#
    LINK
  • MIDI to ABC
    Tool to convert MIDIs to ABC
    LINK
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Re: How To Find Tunes
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2008, 07:20:05 PM »

Great resouce ,Lester; lots of hard worK.Thank you Robin :-*
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Re: How To Find Tunes
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2008, 08:49:56 AM »

That's fantastic.  :)

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Re: How To Find Tunes
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2008, 01:12:16 PM »

I have been using Concertina.net Tune-o-Tron lately. Its good! Nce clear PDFs and a midi version (although I have found that this plays what is literally on the dots - eg. if it displays A part, with alt. endings 1 and 2 it will play through the A part then alt1 then alt 2 without going back through the A part to get to alt 2. Other than that a good resource!
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Re: How To Find Tunes
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2008, 02:16:15 PM »

Thanks Lester,

This will save me a significant amount of aimless puttering.  Perhaps it could be linked from or located on the front page also?
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Re: How To Find Tunes
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2008, 05:43:04 PM »

I have been using Concertina.net Tune-o-Tron lately. Its good! Nce clear PDFs and a midi version (although I have found that this plays what is literally on the dots - eg. if it displays A part, with alt. endings 1 and 2 it will play through the A part then alt1 then alt 2 without going back through the A part to get to alt 2. Other than that a good resource!

That's hasn't been my experience. Here's a file that plays the alternative endings properly for me.

X:1
T:Amelia (in D)
C:Bob McQuillan
M:3/4
L:1/4
K:D
A, || "D" D>ED | DF>E | "D" DF "G" B | "D" A2A |
"G" B>GB | "D" AFE | "Bm" DB,>B, | "G" B,2 "A7" A, |
"D" D>ED | DF>E | "D" DF "G" B | "D" A2A |
"G" B>cd | "Em" def | "A7" e>cB |[1A2A,:|[2A2a||
"D" fa>f | afd | "A" e>cA | A2f/e/ |
"Bm" d>Bd | fdB | "F#m" c>AF | F2A |
"G" GB>G | "D" FAd | "A7" e>cA | "D" d2f |
"G" g>fe | "D" af "Bm" d | "G" de> "A7" c |[1 "D" d2a :|[2 "D" d3||
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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2008, 04:33:27 PM »

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Re: How To Find Tunes
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2008, 01:06:36 AM »

Lester

This is great. Have you seen the Sheffield Ceilidh Society -- http://www.ceilidhsoc.org/music.html ?

I really like it because it makes sweet little PDF tunebooks to order, showing both the full tunes and an index with a few bars as an aide memoire (I reduce that in size to A5, and then the index prints out small enough to stick in my Moleskine manuscript book). So it's very good for the abc-challenged, although it has abc as well.

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Re: How To Find Tunes - Tune Tool
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2008, 09:27:16 AM »

http://www.barfly.dial.pipex.com/
ABC converter for those of us using Macs
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Re: How To Find Tunes
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Re: How To Find Tunes
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2008, 03:20:57 PM »

Similar to Lester's link to the ABC key-changing utility.  This does the same thing, but I thought I would post it here because it's always good to have a backup!  No calculator, though so you'll have to be (just remotely) familiar with semitones, or otherwise bang it out and experiment until you get the key where you want it.  The webmaster also posted some links, and some of his own tunes, which are very nice.

Rats, I forgot to add the link:
http://www.8ung.at/abctransposer/index.html
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Re: How To Find Tunes
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2009, 05:33:48 PM »

There is a new excellent tune collection made by the creators of Accademia del mantice; it's a collection of tunes from most if not all known squeezebox and other folk tune collections. Don't be scared that the site is in Italian, the search functions are in English.

http://www.organetto.info/archivio/index.php

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« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2009, 08:37:00 PM »

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There is a new excellent tune collection made by the creators of Accademia del mantice; it's a collection of tunes from most if not all known squeezebox and other folk tune collections. Don't be scared that the site is in Italian, the search functions are in English.

http://www.organetto.info/archivio/index.php
It's great! Thanks Suzi
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Re: How To Find Tunes
« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2009, 08:42:46 PM »

There is a new excellent tune collection made by the creators of Accademia del mantice; it's a collection of tunes from most if not all known squeezebox and other folk tune collections. Don't be scared that the site is in Italian, the search functions are in English.

http://www.organetto.info/archivio/index.php

Yum! great site.
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Re: How To Find Tunes
« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2009, 01:10:14 PM »

Here are a couple of melody search sites, as posted also within another thread on this forum:

Tunepal
folktunefinder.com
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Re: How To Find Tunes
« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2009, 10:43:21 AM »

The Lewes Favourites has moved again, it's now on http://www.lewessaturdayfolkclub.org/LAFC/Lewesfav.html. The link in the Beginner's Guide still works, but not the one here.
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« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2009, 10:57:04 AM »

The Lewes Favourites has moved again, it's now on http://www.lewessaturdayfolkclub.org/LAFC/Lewesfav.html. The link in the Beginner's Guide still works, but not the one here.

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Re: How To Find Tunes
« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2009, 02:00:41 AM »

the best site I have found is called folktunefinder Its a brilliant site in which you can find just about any tune that you are looking for and lots that you didn't know that you were. It can provide music in midi and manuscript and has keyboard on which you can type the first 3 notes and then search for that tune, or enter a title it has a store of thousands of tunes and if you miss spell the title you don't know what little gem you are going to find.  If you find the site try the tune Skovblomster which is Danish and my favourite of the moment (sorry D/G its in Am)  but sits beautifully on the B/C
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Re: How To Find Tunes
« Reply #18 on: November 06, 2009, 06:25:18 AM »

the best site I have found is called folktunefinder Its a brilliant site in which you can find just about any tune that you are looking for and lots that you didn't know that you were. It can provide music in midi and manuscript and has keyboard on which you can type the first 3 notes and then search for that tune, or enter a title it has a store of thousands of tunes and if you miss spell the title you don't know what little gem you are going to find.  If you find the site try the tune Skovblomster which is Danish and my favourite of the moment (sorry D/G its in Am)  but sits beautifully on the B/C
Enjoy
Sue

Thanks for this Sue, I will be revising the first ppst soon (honestly) to add all the suggestions including this.

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Amin is really easy on a D/G  :||:
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Re: How To Find Tunes
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2010, 05:23:37 PM »

There are loads of ABCs on this site http://www.campin.me.uk/ Many of them historical including over a thousand from the James Aird collections.

Great fun but a huge timewaster  (:)

Steve

PS There's a lot of other stuff there as well which is worth a look.
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