ON THIS PAGE ARE INSTRUCTIONS, HINTS AND TIPS ON
                       THE VARIOUS READERS REQUIRED TO UTILIZE THE
                           NOTEWORTHY AND ABC FILES CONTAINED IN
                         THE O'NEILL'S, ALLAN'S  AND OTHER COLLECTIONS

                                                                MAC USERS GO HERE


SECTION ONE:
MAKING A "FILE EXPLORER" INCON ON YOUR DESKTOP (RECOMMENDED!)
(WIN95, 98, 98SE, ME, 2K...not sure about XP or VISTA)

You may skip this section if you so wish

Placing this ICON on your desktop will allow you to more easily access and manipulate the files on your computer,  which will prove a help in times to
come!

1:  click anywhere on your desktop that does not contain an icon.  A dialog box will come up:  select NEW and then SHORTCUT.   Another dialog box
will appear.

2:  in the second dialog box,  doubleclick on your "C" drive and then on "WINDOWS".  Scroll to the RIGHT until you see an icon of a computer which
is named "EXPLORER".  Doubleclick on that icon and when you return to dialog box (2),  click on "CONTINUE" and then on "FINISH".

This will create an icon on your desktop labeled "EXPLORER".  When you click on this icon, your dedicated file manipulator program will come up.  
This will be most useful for moving files from one directory to another,  finding and deleting files,  renaming files and creating new sub-folders.

3:  The File manager screen is divided into TWO PANES:  On the LEFT, there are all the drives you have on your computer as well as certain standard
folders for WINDOWS use.  CLICK on the "C" folder, and in the RIGHT pane, it will show you all the files and folders currently within your "C" drive.
4:  Go to the TOP of the page and you will find "FILE" in the toolbar;  click on FILE and then NEW and slide over to FOLDER when it appears.  In the
resulting highlighted part of the RIGHT pane, type "Downloaded Music".  (you will want this for storing the files you'll download from my pages).  
You may, if you wish,  further create folders withn DOWNLOADED MUSIC to keep the various types of music separated.

This procedure can be used to create a shorcut to any programme you have on your computer so you can start it from the desktop.



SECTION TWO

Instructions for downloading and installing the NOTEWORTHY READER PROGRAMME on your computer.
(WIN95,  WIN98,  WIN-ME,  WIN2K, WIN-XP and VISTA, WIN-7, WIN 8, WIN 8.1, PROBABLY WIN 10 AND, I'M SURE, WIN 631/2)
                                             
                                                  
IT IS FREE
                                                                             IT IS NOT SPYWARE
                                                                                                                           IT CONTAINS NO VIRII OR TROJANS

Quite simply, it is a boon to those of us who are musical iltur....illetir....can't read music..

1:  Go to the
NOTEWORTHY PLAYER PROGRAMME PAGE and download the program to your computer. I had considered putting it here for
your access, but going there will give the company a more accurate idea of how many times the programme has been downloaded and it costs you no
extra time.

THESE FILES ARE WRITTEN IN
v1.75, so earlier verzions MUST be upgraded.to at least that verzion.   NOTE: If you download V2.0 reader it will
also work but use V1.75 for now!

BE SURE you make a note as to where the program is stored on your computer!  If you can't find it,  go to START, FIND, FILES AND FOLDERS
and in the resulting dialog box, type "noteworthy".  Cick start, and when it comes up, double-click the icon in the box to start the "install" program.  
Follow all directions as they are presented to you.

Again,  this programme - to my knowledge - contains nothing that can harm your computer or which will "phone home" or otherwise negatively impact
you in any way.

Now,  you can go to any of my pages and click on a tune name.  A dialog box will open asking if you want to save the file to disk or open it from it's
current location.  Either is acceptable:

If you "Open it from current location" you will be able to both see and hear the file (provided, of course, you have a soundcard in your computer) at
once, but when you close the file you will need to re-download it to see it again.  The quality of the sound reproduction is entirely dependant upon your
soundcard! (see
HERE for transposing keys!)

If you "Save it to Disk",  you should follow these instructions:

Click on "Save it to Disk" and a dialog box will open.  Click on the "C" drive (or wherever you created your
"Downloaded Music" folder,  then find and doubleclick on that folder.  The file will automatically download into that folder, after which the dialog box
will close (you may have to close it manually).

Using the file Explorer icon you created on your desktop, you can easily open the folder and double click on the file in question, which will open for
you.   Now when you close the file, it remains available to you without having to go online and re-download it from my pages. (RECOMMENDED, as
it saves you time!)

ALSO:  you should click the link to download the font "Boxmarks",  which is an auxiliary font used in Noteworthy to show certain performance
markings and ornamentations on the staff.  If you do not, you will only see various lower-case letters instead of the actual direction markings.

To install Boxmarks, once downloaded,  click on START, SETTINGS, CONTROL PANEL, go to FONTS and double click on that.  This will show
you all the fonts installed on your computer.  Go to FILE and to INSTALL NEW FONT. Follow the directions from that point to install Boxmarks.

If there are any questions as to these procedures, please feel free to EMAIL me and I will respond as soon as I can (usually the same day or next day,
latest.)

FIREWALL procedures are totally beyond my grasp... anyone who can explain firewalls to me in terms that a musician can grasp will be my hero!

(NOTE:  The
full program for Noteworthy is - to say the least - reasonable, and with it you can change voicing, set a volume level and intensity level,
and on... and on.... and on....)  Indeed, I have not installed V2.0 as yet (but I shall do soon) and the range of features is quite impressive.




SECTION THREE

Instructions and notes concerning
THE ABC MUSIC NOTATION FORMAT
"It's as simple as A B C..."  
Like hell it is. (No, really,  it IS!)

ABC is a notation system for music that is based on the alphabet, but thank God, you don't have to be able to read it in order to use it.  Here is what
one looks like:

X:00001     ...............................................................................................................................................................Index Number
T:Dewdrops In the Corn  (a.k.a. "Australian Waters")     .......................................................................................Main Title
C:after Mr. Bill Reeder     .........................................................................................................................................Composer
C:Tempo:  Fairly Fast     ..........................................................................................................................................Use for tempo notes
S: From the IrTrad Mail List     .................................................................................................................................Source of tune
B:Collected from Listmail 8-13-03 (Name and variation from Roger Landes)     ......................................................Book or other source
N: Subscribe at http://www.lsoft.com/scripts/wl.exe?SL1=IRTRAD-L&H=LISTSERV.HEANET.IE     ..............Notes: (Max 6 lines)
M:6/8     .....................................................................................................................................................................Time Signature
Q:160     ......................................................................................................................................................................Beats-Per-Minute
L:1/8     ........................................................................................................................................................................Median Note Length
K:D     ..........................................................................................................................................................................Key Signature
A|d2D FED|=c3 ed^c|d=cA GEA|~D3 efe|
d2D FED|=c3 ed^c|d=cA GEA|~D3 D2:||
A|~d3 efg|fed =cAG|~d3 efg|fdc def|
gbg faf|ecA ABc|d=cA GEA|~D3 D2A|
~d3 efg|fed =cAG|~d3 efg|fdc def|
gAA fAA|ecA ABc|d=cA GEA|~D3 D2||
"^ALT"A|d2D FED|=c3 ed^c|d=cA GEA|~D3 efe|
d2D FED|=c3 ed^c|d=cA GEA|~D3 D2:||
dB/c/d efg|fed =cAG|dB/c/d efg|fed def|
gbg afa|e^cA ABc|d^cA GEA|DD/D/DD2 A:||

THAT'S bloody intimidatiing,  innit?

This is used for transmitting music via email or where attachments may not be permitted.  It is useful for archiving a great many tunes in a small space
and is accepted throughout the musical world as a standard notation system, BUT:  ONLY an idiot would try to play music from the raw code!  
(I stand
corrected!  I met someone who actually SIGHT READS that code! Now, that's
REALLY intimidating!)

There are programmes to convert ABC  into standard notation, into MIDI or into other formats, to play it thru your computer's speaker or to play it
thru your soundcard, so you don't have to be able to understand it to use it, to translate it into Klingon or to make a strawberry Frappe of it!

All of the above, and all you could ever wish to know about ABC may be found on the
ABC HOMEPAGE run by Chris (and you thought I was
obsessive?
) Walshaw. The inventor of ABC, he has assembled a comprehensive collection of readers, coders and other paraphenalia and additional links
and goes into the origins and mechanics of the system far more completely than I would ever attempt. (Aye, and who better than feckin' inventor. then?)

For the music collections on this site, I wrote out all the tunes using Noteworthy,   (and saved them as  UNCOMPRESSED NWC files!), then used  a
program from Bryan Creer's apparently now defunct site,  
ABACUS Music, called ABC2NWC which converted from ABC to NWC and vice-versa. I
don't seem to be able to find anywhere this can now be downloaded, but if you know of one, PLEASE let me know about it! (see following info)  To
read ABC on the computer, please see
THIS LINK.

The ABC files thus produced I proofed and then converted to the GIF (sheet music) and MIDI files using Paul Schwartz' excellent converter programme
from
CONCERTINA NET's pages which he provides for free.  Fine Lad he is, then, entirely.     Paul's programme will convert to a MIDI (uninspired
but serviceable) and to a PDF which gives you the sheet music.

For VISTA and XP users, there is an improved program which takes ABC and makes quite a nice sheet music image and is better on sound, as well:  
ABC2WIN by Paul ("I'm NOT a real genius, but I DO play one on the harpsichord...") Vint.  HIGHLY recommended by several correspondents and
one small cairn terrier.

As PDF's take up quite a bit of room,  I further used  Alfred Bollinger's
PRINT KEY PRO which is a scalable screen-capture program to save the
picture of the PDF as a GIF or JPEG since they take up less space and are more easily readable by a greater number of people. (Again,  this is a
very
modestly-priced programme and useful
far beyond it's cost.)

I then went out to the local and downed about a half-litre of Paddy's when it all got to be too much,  which is why it took so long to finish up!

Now it's all done,  but I still go out regularly and attempt to reduce the amount of Paddy's in the world by a significant amount.




And that's all I've got to say,  other than if you'd like to help support the pages and keeping the collection online,  you can go
HERE and get a CD copy
of The O'Neill's, O'Carolan's and The Allan's Irish Fiddler collections..

NOW: (and this already was acted upon by
Chris Gilb) If YOU have a book of tunes (not necessarily Irish or Celtic) that you'd either like to transcribe
into NWC or would like to lend to me for ME to transcribe into NWC and then convert as per all the forgoing drivel and expectoration,
CONTACT ME.


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