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Walter Corey ABC on the Mudcat MIDI Site (14) RE: ABC on the Mudcat MIDI Site 10 Mar 00


There is no great mystery as to why ABC remains attractive to some of us: A)Files are miniscule compared to Midi. This is a real plus to people with storage problems. B)Files are in text form which means you don't have to worry about saving things in multiple formats(which to me is a real mind boggler). C)Files are Portable. Once printed out you can take them with you wherever you go and not worry about lugging around song books,or being tied to your computer if you need to refresh a tune in your head. D)Files are readable with a little practice.I would have trouble reading a totally unknown song from ABC, but practically all the files I download are ones that I am already reasonably familiar with,or that I have heard and like. I have a vague impression of what the tune is like.I can sit down at a piano and noodle out the notes from ABC. Of course if you don't read music at all, and key and tempo markings are difficult, then trying to read an ABC file directly would be almost impossible.


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