Music Request - ABC

John Chambers

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Steve Wyrick wrote:
| John Chambers said:
|
| > How about all the other musicians on this list say where their ABC
| > transcriptions (or other formats) can be found? Then we'll have some
| > idea of what's available right now.
|
| Well, your site is the most useful I've found, John; it's the one I always
| go to first. I also find Andrew Kunz's Fiddler's Companion site at
| http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/index.html to be useful; it's more
| concerned with tune histories but has a lot of abc tunes included (John,
| does your tunefinder site index his collection?). Another site I use is
| Nigel Gatherer's tune collections at
| http://www.nigelgatherer.com/tunes/abc/abc1.html ; he also has my abc
| transcription of Robert Petrie's 1st two tunebooks posted there (I've been
| trying to find time to transcribe the other two...). There used to be a
| wonderful site at http://hans.members.beeb.net/ABC-Music.htm (Hans' ABC
| Music page) which had downloadable abc versions of the Athole and Simon
| Fraser collections, as well as parts of the Skye Collection, but it now
| appears to be defunct; if anyone has an update on the URL I'd like to know
| it. Cranford Publications at http://www.cranfordpub.com/ has a bunch of
| abc tunes online; they publish Cape Breton tunebooks but since a lot of
| the repertoire is originally Scottish they can be a good resource; they
| have abc transcriptions of excerpts from the Bremner collection and from
| William Marshall's collected works, for example.

Actually, I have all of those in my list. The hans.members.beeb.net
site disappeared last May, and if it's somewhere else, I don't know
the URL. My search program does have a routine that queries a few
search sites for abc tunes, and it hasn't found Hans' tunes lately.
The old version of the Fiddler's Companion at ceolas.org is indexed,
but there are problems with the new site. Its HTML is really strange,
and my code isn't too successful at extracting anything from it. I've
been thinking of nabbing a copy of Petrie's collection and mirroring
it on my site. I have a lot of his tunes anyway, from random sources.

| I find I usually don't have any trouble finding the older tunes online;
| it's the newly-written tunes that are a problem! -Steve

Yeah, that's a problem with all sorts of music. There's this little
problem called "copyright" that sorta discourages people from putting
things online. There's probably not much of a problem with tunes
published in dance collections like those of the RSCDS. People who
contribute to such publications usually want their tunes played by
musicians, and they usually aren't expecting a lot of money from the
tunes. So they're usually happy to see their tunes online. Especially
if you ask them if they have an email or net address to put in abc
headers, so that people can contact them about permission to use the
tunes. I've done this with a number of tunes, when I can find the
composer's email address, and I've always gotten contact info from
them. But locating the owner of a new tune can be daunting, and
there's been so much fuss over copyright that people quite
understandably decide to avoid the issue.

Of course, to us traditionalist typess (;-), this merely helps the
old music, since it is becoming very easy to find on the web.
Musicians looking for tunes are more likely to use tunes that they
can find than tunes that they can't find ...

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