Tunebooks Created with Michael Eskin's ABC Transcription Tools


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Here you will find many free PDF tunebooks created with my ABC Transcription Tools.

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!


Table of Contents

Click the links below to jump to the section


My Tip Jars


Pushing the Limits of ABC


Interactive Tunebook Walkthrough Tutorial Videos


O'Carolan Tunes Transcribed by Brennan / Black / Gilb


"The King Street Sessions Tunebook"

Over 1000 Tunes With Both Notation and Tablature for Various Instruments


50 Traditional Irish Session Tunes

50 Session Tunes With Both Notation and Tablature for Various Instruments


CCE Dublin 2001 Tunebook

116 Popular Tunes With Both Notation and Tablature for Various Instruments


A Dozen Lovely Waltzes With Tablature for Box and Anglo Concertina


Anglo Concertina / Button Accordion "Party Piece" Hornpipes


A Collection of 28 Renaissance Lute Pieces


Shape Note Hymns from The Open Hymnal Project


How to Use the Interactive Tunebooks


How to Read the B/C and C#/D Box Tablature

How to Read the Anglo Concertina Tablature


Changing the Instruments Used for Playing Tunes from the Tunebooks

Using the PDF Tunebooks on iOS and Android Devices


Contact Me



My Tip Jars
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These tunebooks as well as my ABC Transcription Tools are completely free.

If you find these tunebooks useful, please support my ongoing development
of my ABC tools by tossing a few bucks into one of my virtual tip jars:

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https://paypal.me/MichaelEskin

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@MichaelEskin


Pushing the Limits of ABC
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This online interactive PDF flipbook shows what's possible
with ABC notation and playback using my ABC Transcription Tools

Click any title in the flipbook to play the tune.

Click here to launch the Ultimate ABC Demos PDF Flipbook in a new tab


Interactive Tunebook Walkthrough Tutorial Videos
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Walkthough of the "King Street Sessions" Interactive Tunebook


Walkthrough of the CCE Dublin 2001 Interactive Flipbook


O'Carolan Tunes Transcribed by Brennan / Black / Gilb
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Over 200 O'Carolan tunes, click the title of any tune to play it.

O'Carolan Tunes

There are four versions of the interactive PDF tunebook.


The Notation Incipits Version has the first stave notation of each tune.

Click to download the Notation Incipits Version


The Text Incipits Version has the first three bars of each tune in tune name sorted order.

Click to download the Text Incipits Version


The QR Code Version has a QR code for each tune.
Click or scan any QR code to play.

Click to download the QR Codes Version


*** New 6 January 2024 ***

The Notation+QR Code Version has the full notation and a QR code for each tune.
Click or scan any QR code to play.

Click to download the Notation+QR Codes Version


How to Use the Interactive Tunebooks



"The King Street Sessions Tunebook"
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King Street Sessions Incipits Tunebook

Over 1000 Tunes With Both Notation and Tablature for Various Instruments

Created with the permission of the original author, Michael D. Long


Original Tunebook

Click to download the original "King Street Sessions Tunebook"

Notation Full Tune Version

Click to download the interactive Full Notation edition

Notation Incipits Version

Click to download the interactive First Staff Notation Incipits edition

*** NEW *** Text Incipits Version *** NEW ***

Click to download the interactive Text Incipits edition
(Smallest PDF file available with full interactivity)

*** NEW *** QR Code Version *** NEW ***

Click to download the interactive QR Code edition

*** NEW *** Full Notation + QR Code Version *** NEW ***

Click to download the interactive Notation+QR Code edition

Notation Incipits Interactive Flipbook Version

Click to View Flipbook


Mandolin Tab

Click to download


Ukulele Tab (for Flatpicking)

Click to download


Fiddle Fingering Tab

Click to download


Bouzouki (GDAD) Tab

Click to download


Standard Guitar Tab

Click to download


DADGAD Guitar Tab

Click to download


DAD-Tuned Mountain Dulcimer

Tablature for a DAD tuned instrument with a 6 1/2 fret
(836 tunes from the original collection).

High D String Linear Style

Click to Download

Cross-String Style

Click to Download


Tin Whistle / Irish Flute (D) Tab

Click to download


Walkthough of the B/C and C#/D Box Interactive Tablature PDF Editions


B/C Box Tab

Click to download

How to Read the B/C Box Tablature


C#/D Box Tab

Click to download

How to Read the C#/D Box Tablature


Jeffries-style Anglo Concertina Cross-Row Tab

Click to download

Favors playing D5 and E5 on the left-side G-row.

Favors playing C5 on the left-side G-row draw.

Favors playing B4 on the right-side C-row draw.

Favors 2nd button on right-side top-row for C#5 and D#5.

How to Read the Anglo Concertina Tablature


Wheatstone-style Anglo Concertina Cross-Row Tab

Click to download

Favors playing D5 and E5 on the left-side G-row.

Favors playing C5 on the left-side G-row draw.

Favors playing B4 on the right-side C-row draw.

How to Read the Anglo Concertina Tablature



50 Traditional Irish Session Tunes
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50 Session Tunes With Both Notation and Tablature for Various Instruments

Includes Slow, Medium, and Full Speed Versions for Practice

50 Session Tunes Cover

Click any tune name in Table of Contents and Index to go to the tune's page.

On the tune's page, click the title to play it in my ABC Transcription Tools.

Click the  <<  and  >>  arrows to return to the Table of Contents or Index.

How to Use the Interactive Tunebooks

My Tip Jars


Standard Notation

Click to Download

Interactive Flipbook Version

Click to View Flipbook


Mandolin Tab

Click to Download


Ukulele Tab (for Flatpicking)

Click to Download


Fiddle Fingerings

Click to Download


Bouzouki (GDAD) Tab

Click to Download


Tin Whistle (D) Tab

Click to Download


Keyless Traditional Irish Flute Tab

Click to Download


B/C and C#/D Box Tab

Click to Download the B/C Version

Click to Download the C#/D Version

How to Read the B/C and C#/D Box Tablature


Anglo Concertina Tab

Click to Download the Jeffries-style Version

Click to Download the Wheatstone-style Version

How to Read the Anglo Concertina Tablature



CCE Dublin 2001 Tunebook
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116 Popular Tunes With Both Notation and Tablature for Various Instruments

CCE Dublin 2001 Tunebook

Click any tune name in Table of Contents and Index to go to the tune's page.

On the tune's page, click the title to play it in my ABC Transcription Tools.

Click the  <<  and  >>  arrows to return to the Table of Contents or Index.

How to Use the Interactive Tunebooks

My Tip Jars


Standard Notation
(Tunes play with an Accordion sound)

Click to Download

Standard Notation
(Tunes play with a Piano sound)

Click to Download

Interactive Flipbook Version
(Tunes play with a Piano sound)

Click to View Flipbook


Standard Notation First Line Incipits

Click to Download


*** NEW *** QR Code Version *** NEW ***

Updated 6 January 2024

Click to download


*** NEW *** Full Notation + QR Code Version *** NEW ***

Updated 6 January 2024

Click to download


*** NEW *** QR Code Version with Whistle Tab *** NEW ***

Updated 6 January 2024

Click to download


*** NEW *** Full Notation + QR Code Version with Whistle Tab *** NEW ***

Updated 6 January 2024

Click to download


Mandolin Tab

Click to Download


Ukulele Tab (for Flatpicking)

Click to Download


Fiddle Fingerings

Click to Download


Bouzouki (GDAD) Tab

Click to Download


Guitar (Standard Tuning) Tab

Click to Download


DAD-Tuned Mountain Dulcimer

Tablature for a DAD tuned instrument with a 6 1/2 fret.

High D String Linear Style

Click to Download

Cross-String Style

Click to Download


Tin Whistle (D) Tab

Click to Download


B/C and C#/D Box Tab

Click to Download the B/C Version

Click to Download the C#/D Version

How to Read the B/C and C#/D Box Tablature


Anglo Concertina Tab

Click to Download the Jeffries-style Version

Click to Download the Wheatstone-style Version

How to Read the Anglo Concertina Tablature



A Dozen Lovely Waltzes With Tablature for Box and Anglo Concertina
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A Dozen Lovely Waltzes

Click the title of any tune to immediately play the tune using my
ABC Transcription Tools with my high-quality Accordion and Concertina samples.

How to Read the B/C and C#/D Box Tablature

How to Read the Anglo Concertina Tablature


B/C Box

Click to download "A Dozen Lovely Waltzes with B/C Box Tablature"


C#/D Box

Click to download "A Dozen Lovely Waltzes with C#/D Box Tablature"


Anglo Concertina (Jeffries)

Click to download "A Dozen Lovely Waltzes with Anglo Concertina (Jeffies) Tablature"


Anglo Concertina (Wheatstone)

Click to download "A Dozen Lovely Waltzes with Anglo Concertina (Wheatstone) Tablature"



Anglo Concertina / Button Accordion "Party Piece" Hornpipes
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Six of my favorite arpeggio-heavy hornpipes to play on
Anglo Concertina and Button Accordion.

Hornpipes for Anglo Concertina/Box

Anglo Concertina

Click to download the Anglo Concertina version


Button Accordion

Click to download the Button Accordion version



A Collection of 28 Renaissance Lute Pieces
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Renaissance Lute Pieces

Click to download "A Collection of 28 Renaissance Lute Pieces" arranged for guitar

Click to download "A Collection of 28 Renaissance Lute Pieces" arranged for harp

How to Use the Interactive Tunebooks


Shape Note Hymns from The Open Hymnal Project
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Over 200 hymns with shape notes from the 2014 Open Hymnal Project collection.

Shape Note Hymns from The Open Hymnal Project

There are two versions of the interactive PDF tunebook.

The Full Version has the complete hymns.

The Incipits Version has only the first stave of each hymn.

Click to download "Shape Note Hymns from The Open Hymnal Project" Full Version

Click to download "Shape Note Hymns from The Open Hymnal Project"
First-stave Incipits Version

In both versions, you can click on any hymn name in the Table of Contents
or Index to go to the page for the hymn.

Once on the page for the hymn, click the hymn title to play the hymn
in my ABC Transcriptions Tools.

These are both fairly large files, please be sure to save them to your system after downloading from your browser.

Note: Because of the words in the hymns, the tunebook playback links (which contain the entire hymn notes and words encoded in them) are very long.

Most will not work properly if the PDF is opened with Adobe Acrobat, which has a small URL length limit for opening hyperlinks in the PDF.

Virtually all other PDF readers, including those built into the popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Safari have no problem with the tunebook playback links.

Your best bet is to just drop the PDF tunebook file on a browser window to view it, or open it in a mobile app like GoodReader for iOS.


Here's a very experimental text incipits (no notes shapes) book of Open Hymnal hymns with with play links and spoken solfège note names:

Click to download "Hymns from The Open Hymnal Project"
with Text Incipits and Spoken Solfège Note Names.

How to Use the Interactive Tunebooks


How to Use the Interactive Tunebooks
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Click the << arrows on the left side of the tune pages to jump to the Table of Contents.

Click the >> arrows on the right side of the tune pages to jump to the Index.

Click on any tune name in the Table of Contents or Index to jump to that tune in the tunebook.

Playing the tunes:

Click the title of any tune to immediately play the tune using my ABC Transcription Tools.

The player control bar has mouse hover tooltips on all the controls explaining what they do.

To change the play speed, use the speed control highlighted here in the playback controls:

Setting the playback speed

Value is a percentage, set a value of 60 or 70 to slow a tune down for learning.

Click the Start Tune Trainer button to open up a "step-up" tune player with the tune where you can practice playing along with the tune looped with increasing tempos.

Editing your own version of the tunes:

If you click "Close" in the the player, you will be in the ABC Transcription Tools full screen tune view.

From the full screen view, you can open the player again by clicking the Play button in the lower right corner, or create a PDF of the tune by clicking the PDF button at the lower left corner.

Click the zoom arrows in the top right corner to close the full screen tune view and open the tune editor.

Once in the ABC Transcription Tools tune editor, you can view, edit, save, or create a PDF of the tune.

For complete information on editing the tunes, please check out the:

ABC Transcription Tools User Guide

Don't forget to save the PDF:

Be sure to save the PDF file to your system after downloading if your browser doesn't automatically save it for you.


How to Read the B/C and C#/D Box Tablature
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B/C - Shows standard notation and tablature for a standard 21-button B/C tuned box.

The button numbers and pitches used for the tablature match those on this chart:

B/C Box Button Map

Notes on the C-row are indicated by numbers: 1, 2, 3, ...

Notes on the B-row are indicated by numbers in circles: ①, ②, ③, ...

Push is indicated with a "↓" arrow.

Draw is indicated with an "↑" arrow.

Click here to download a PDF of the B/C tablature chart


C#/D - Shows standard notation and tablature for a standard 21-button C#/D tuned box.

The button numbers and pitches used for the tablature match those on this chart:

C#/D Box Button Map

Notes on the D-row are indicated by numbers: 1, 2, 3,...

Notes on the C#-row are indicated by numbers in circles: ①, ②, ③, ...

Push is indicated with a "↓" arrow.

Draw is indicated with an "↑" arrow.

Click here to download a PDF of the C#/D tablature chart


Assumptions about the B/C and C#/D Box tablature solutions:

The tablature solution assumes that the "magic" notes (E and B on a B/C, F# and C# on a C#/D) that are available on both rows, will be played on the C-row on a B/C box and on the D-row on a C#/D box.


Use of the B/C and C#/D Box tablatures on a 23-button instrument:

If you are playing a 23-button instrument, you will need to shift your start position one button higher when playing.

Consider your first button as "button zero".


How to Read the Anglo Concertina Tablature
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Tablature Button Names

Wheatstone Layout

Jeffries Layout

Click here to download a PDF of the Anglo Concertina tablature chart


Changing the Instruments Used for Playing Tunes from the Tunebooks
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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


Using the PDF Tunebooks on iOS and Android Devices
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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:


Contact Me

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If you have any questions, please email me at:

Michael Eskin

seisiuneer@gmail.com