> As a last resort, the "abc" notation system (a kind of modified solfa) is > often used for transmitting tunes over the net - not much use for chords or > notational subtleties, though.
I wouldn't consider ABC notation a `last resort'. It is certainly adequate
for stuff that you'd find in most any book of fiddle tunes (with the possible
exception of, e.g., _The_Scottish_Violinist_, whose notation would also
defy nearly all other score programs I know). Chords are not a problem in
ABC; as far as `notational subtleties' are concerned, the really subtle
stuff isn't written out at all, anyway!
ABC software is available for all computer systems worth mentioning, there
is no problem at all with sending ABC stuff through e-mail, there are programs
that let you sort and index your tunes as well as play them on a PC sound
board or convert them to MIDI. It may be a low-key approach compared to
Encore or Finale, but it works and it is reasonably convenient.
There is a WWW page about ABC at http://www.gre.ac.uk/~c.walshaw/abc/ if
you want to find out more. I'm using it a lot when preparing sets of music
for balls and workshops, and I wouldn't want to be without it.
Anselm Lingnau ......................... email@example.com
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