Reading the Transcribed Files

For those of you not familiar with the abc files that the Village Music Project has created, here is a screenshot of Buttrey Melody #218, “Quick Step to the Scotch Royals”, once it has been transcribed into an abc file and opened in EasyABC.

EasyABC Sample Page Buttrey MS

On the left you see part of the list of melodies in the file. At the top right you see the printed music and below the coding for the abc file. The coding often includes lots of really interesting information about the tune.

At the top left, you can see a green “Play” arrow so you can listen to the tune as you look at the music.

Isn’t that incredible ??

And all from a 200 year old handwritten manuscript. Modern technology is really something.

Sandy Cameron

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