Tunes on E-mail

Bruce Shawyer

Message 1257 · 14 Mar 1995 15:41:39 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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On Tue, 14 Mar 1995, John Ward wrote:

> On the other hand, digital tradition uses a format called
> Songwright, which also uses only the standard characters on the
> keyboard. I haven't found a guide to the songwright format, but I've
> been able to translate a couple of tunes. Both the abc and the
> songwright formats use the letters a-g to indicate the notes of the
> scale, and use numbers to indicate duration. Digital tradition can be
> reached at <http://pubweb.parc.xerox.com/digitrad/>. There are already a
> fairly large number of tunes in both of these formats.
>

I have been using SongWright for several years - now it is version V. It
is easy to use from the computer keyboard, can be used directly with midi
input/output, and has all sorts of nice features. The program stores files
in ASCII format, so they can be easily transported. Also, they zip to
between 20 and 25% of their original size, so storage space is no problem.
Their address is: 7 Loudoun Street, SE, Leesburg, VA 22075, USA.

We have an archive of over 150 dances (mostly four tunes per dance) and
over 500 individual tunes all stored in SongWright format. We print on a
LaserJet printer, and the band members are every grateful for legible
music! The only drawback is that there is no postscript output
capability.

Here is a example:

N- Viscount Seafield's Jig
C- Bruce Shawyer
A-
T-
S-180
K-A
B-6/8
F-6 February 1995
H-
M-8W-2 a-5 a-4 c-8 e-8 c-8 a-8 e-8 c-8 a-8 B-4 b-8 b-4 c-8 d-8 e-8 f-8 d-8 c-8 b-8 A-4 a-8 a-4 c-8 e-8 c-8 a-8 e-8 c-8 a-8 F-8 G-8 a-8 b-8 c-8 a-8 G-8 F-8 E-8 D-8 C-8 B-8
L-.
L- A Bm E7 A Bm B E7
H-
M-1W-2 A-4 a-8 a-4 c-8 e-8 c-8 a-8 e-8 c-8 a-8 B-4 b-8 b-4 c-8 d-8 e-8 f-8 d-8 c-8 b-8 e-8 f-8 g-8 h-8 g-8 f-8 e-8 d-8 c-8 c-8 b-8 a-8 d-8 c-8 b-8 E-8 F-8 G-8 a-5 A-5
L-.
L- A Bm E7 A Bm E7 A
H-
M-8W-2 e-5 c-4 h-8 e-8 d-8 c-8 c-8 b-8 a-8 d-5 b-4 c-8 d-8 e-8 f-8 d-8 c-8 b-8 e-4 h-8 c-4 a-8 e-4 c-8 c-8 b-8 a-8 F-8 G-8 a-8 b-8 c-8 a-8 G-8 F-8 E-8 D-8 C-8 B-8
L-.
L- A Bm E7 A Bm B E7
H-
M-8W-2 A-4 e-8 c-4 h-8 e-8 d-8 c-8 c-8 b-8 a-8 d-5 b-4 c-8 d-8 e-8 f-8 d-8 c-8 b-8 e-8 f-8 g-8 h-8 g-8 f-8 e-8 d-8 c-8 c-8 b-8 a-8 d-8 c-8 b-8 E-8 F-8 G-8 a-5 A-5 S-6
L-.
L- A Bm E7 A Bm E7 A

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