Most of the tunebooks have both a standard notation version as well as tablature versions for many instruments including Mandolin, Ukulele, Fiddle Fingerings, Bouzouki (GDAD), Guitar, Mountain Dulcimer, Tin Whistle, B/C and C#/D Box, and Anglo Concertina.
Click on any tune name in the tunebook's Table of Contents or Index to jump to the tune.
The tune pages in the books are interactive, clicking on the tune's title will open the tune for playback in my ABC Transcription Tools player.
I'm frequently adding new tunebooks, or updating older ones with new content and features, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back every few weeks!
Changing the Instruments Used for Playing Tunes from the Tunebooks (Back to Top)
If would like to have your preferred instrument sounds used for the tune playback instead of the default piano sound selected by the Interactive PDF tunebooks, you will need to make a few minor settings changes in the ABC Transcription Tools themselves.
Here are the steps to follow:
1) Play a tune from the tunebook.
2) Click "Close" on the playback dialog.
3) Close the full screen tune view by clicking the arrows on the upper right of the window.
You will now be in the ABC Transcription Tools editor.
4) Click the "Settings" button to open the ABC Transcription Tools Settings dialog.
5) Set the Melody and Bass/Chords MIDI instrument program numbers to your preferred instrument sounds.
If you're not sure what to enter, click the "General MIDI Instrument Program Numbers" link to see a chart of all possible instrument numbers.
6) Set the Bass and Chord volumes. Values are from 0-127. Generally values from 32-64 work best.
7) Important: Click the checkbox labeled "Override all MIDI programs and volumes in the ABC when playing tunes"
8) Close the ABC Transcription Tools Settings dialog.
9) Close the ABC Transcription Tools browser tab.
Now, going forward, all tunes you click in an Interactive PDF tunebook will use your preferred instrument sounds and volumes.
To turn off the instrument and volume overrides, repeat the process, and uncheck "Override all MIDI programs and volumes in the ABC when playing tunes" in the settings dialog
While the PDF tunebooks are generally intended for desktop or laptop use, in most cases they can be used on mobile devices with some caveats.
Tune playback may not work in some iOS or Android app embedded web browser views, like the one in the iOS Facebook app.
If opening the PDF tunebook from Facebook on a mobile device, use the "Open in system browser" option (click the ... at the lower right of the web view) in the Facebook embedded web browser to re-open the file in Safari (iOS) or on Android on the device's main browser.
If using the tunebook on an iPad, be sure the PDF reader you are using is set to open web links in Safari, not an embedded browser.
On iOS, the tunebook has been tested and works with Safari, Books, Files, and GoodReader if you enable "Open web links in Safari" in the GoodReader app preferences.
Also make sure you haven't turned on the Mute control in the iPad control panel or the Mute switch on the side of an iPhone.
I have done limited testing on Android devices, unsure of the behavior on the various browsers on those devices.
Both the ABC Transcription Tools and Interactive PDF tunebook playback have been verified on an older Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge running Google Chrome as the default web browser and the "PDF Viewer" Android app: