For a brief statement please visit at first:
ABC on wikipedia (eng.)
ABC auf wikipedia (ger.)
There are many software packages and web-based tools
with various features that read and process ABC notation.
For the following example im using a web-based tool called "Abc Converter" on http://www.folkinfo.org
Abc Converter - folkinfo.org
The main thing is:
Two clicks are enough to get ...
... out from your tabs created with harptab editor.
This are our tabs ...
...some stuff around the bluesscale. Tabbed with a 'richter' harmonica in the key of C, second position. In that case we play in the key of G:
Now we press button "export to ABC notation ->" in harp editor:
After that your tabs has been copied to clipboard as a ABC notation string. You can paste it to a empty text file and save it as XYZ.abc
for further processing or you can, for example, paste it to Abc Converter - folkinfo.org
On Abc Converter you will find a window with a grey border - this is the place where you have to paste the ABC notation string.
Press STRG+V or CTRL+V and then press the submit button. Result:
cool, hm ? ;-)
But we are playing in the key of G, right ?
In that case we have to transpose our notation to the key of G (it is still in the key of C). By using the
Transposing help feature we can determine what we have to do for transposing our notation from G to C:
As result we get an offer for transpose "down 5 semitones " or for transpose "up 7 semitones". I choose option
"Down 5 Semitones "in ComboBox Transpose and set "show transposed abc" as 'true' (ABC notation source will be
transposed too. Recommended):
Press the submit button again. Result:
cool again, hm ? Use links "midi|pdf" to play/save MIDI, save as .pdf ...
ABC notation offers many, many features and it is easy to learn. For further informations please check out:
ABC converter on concertina.net
Standard ABC definitions on sourceforge.net
Geige Lernen(only in german) - a great summary of ABC-notation stuff
ABC Application search
Have fun, oli :-)