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    The ABCs of Player Music Sharing

    Welcome to LotRO Player Music System, now with ABC Notation!

    What's all this alphabet stuff then? Well, put simply (for it is simple) is that ABC is an ASCII representation of Music Notation. In other words, it's sheet music in text form.

    Sheet music, you say? Yes, in all its glory. Not only do you get to know the notes, but all the structure that separates music from random noise. It is hard to use? Well, that depends. If you have any musical aptitude, and can even marginally read and understand music notation, it's a piece of cake. If you don't or can't, but are reasonable intelligent and can read, you'll be able to pick it up without too much trouble. If you're hopeless, you can always cut->paste->play.

    So, lets take a look at a basic ABC file.

    X:16
    T:Wild Mountain Thyme
    C:Composer: Uncertain
    N:Remarks:
    Q:1/4=125
    M:4/4
    L:1/8
    K:C
    z4 c2 A2 |G3 G A2 c2 |c c3 e2 g2 |a3 g a2 g2 |e g3 e2 g2 |a4 g2 e2 |d c3 d2 e2 |f3 e d2 c2 |A c3 c2 A2 |G4 A2 c2 |c4 e2 g2 |a3 g a2 g2 |e g3 e2 g2 |a4 g2 e2 |d c3 d2 e2 |f3 e d2 c2 |A c3 c2 A2 |
    G4 A2 c2 |c4 z4 |]
    %End of file

    All of the stuff of the form <letter>: is header. The stuff in tan just describes what song this is. Pure text, pure description, and not entirely necessary.

    The stuff in yellow is a different matter. That is important, as it describes the tone and key of the music. Q defines the tempo (how fast). M is the meter (in this case 4/4 time). L describes the default length of a note. This will be important later. K is the key, or scale the music is played in.

    Now we're to the meat of it. The music itself. Looks like a jumble, doesn't it? Well, if you take a moment to look at it, it's pretty straightforward. Notes are defined by <letter><number>. If you see C, it's the note C. Since L=1/8, C by itself is an eighth note. If it were C2, that'd be twice as long, or a quarter note. What if you need a 16th? Divide by 2. C/2.

    But what's the difference between c and C? It's all a matter of scale, as in, they're different scales. C is middle C. c is an octave above. You noticed the z in there, did you? Can't fool you. There is no z note. z is a rest. Treat it like a note in terms of duration, but no sound. z4 is the same as a half note in duration, but silent. Got it?

    So, you understand the basics. How do you use it? Well, ABC files are pure text. You write and edit them like you would text, in Notepad. To take music posted on the boards and save it to your computer, it's a simple copy & paste job, saving the file with an .abc extension in the /Music directory of your Lord of the Rings Online folder in My Documents. To use them, once you're in music mode in the game, type /play <filename> and you're playing!

    Well, that's the nickle tour. The official ABC website (see my sig) has all the gory details, a ton of ready made ABC files that can be downloaded royalty-free, and links to software you can use to compose, edit, transform music to your heart's content. Browse around and experiment.

    Last edited by Northwoods; Jul 05 2007 at 03:06 PM.
    Lle merna aut farien?
    Playing music in LotRO is as easy as ABC!

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    Re: The ABCs of Player Music Sharing

    On that note PCGamer says this site has software to convert MIDI to ABC:

    www.walshaw.plus.com/abc (Hmm redirects to the abcnotation site...oh well I'll keep the link.)

    Whlie www.midicenter.com has MIDI versions of some songs.
    Last edited by Kalten76; May 31 2007 at 10:57 AM.

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    Re: The ABCs of Player Music Sharing

    I don't get it....

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    Re: The ABCs of Player Music Sharing

    Quote Originally Posted by MindFrame View Post
    I don't get it....
    And some people will be that way. That's me reading the UI skinning stuff. I could probably figure it out if I really devited the time to it, but what I read there doesn't ring bells.

    If you don't get ABC, do what I do with UI skins: use what someone else has created. We can't all be proficient in everything.
    Lle merna aut farien?
    Playing music in LotRO is as easy as ABC!

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    Re: The ABCs of Player Music Sharing

    You can still "compose" your own stuff if you can't read/write abc. Find something you like, and copy the notes. Find something else you like, and copy those. Put them together in one file. MAKE SURE that you put the sources in the file (Title, composer, wherever you like). Don't claim you wrote it all by hand if you didn't. I've put together a few that I really like, some are simply changing the order of the notes, while others are two or three songs put together.
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    Re: The ABCs of Player Music Sharing

    I can only say that there will be still only a few people who will use this kind of notation system. Music system is still very newby unfriendly. What Turbine did - gave players an opportunity to learn ABC notation system. Now every newb who likes to play music will go and burn their brain on how to write ABC. Not gonna happen. Most of the players will try to avoid this. But then again there is a way to get that file from someone else now and play it as your own.
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    Re: The ABCs of Player Music Sharing

    do we need to create the music folder, sence in my documents there is not a music folder

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    Re: The ABCs of Player Music Sharing

    it's not in my documents, it should be in My Documents\The Lord of the Rings Online\Music

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    Re: The ABCs of Player Music Sharing

    Few notes for those of us who are really bad at getting things to work right:

    1. This is only up on the Roheryn server. If you try it on normal servers, it won't work. Heh.

    2. If you don't have the music folder in My Documents\The Lord of the Rings Online (it is the folder where it saves your screenshots to), you can just add a folder named "Music" there, and that ought to work. You want to put your .abc files inside that folder. So, the full path of a file might be C: Documents and Settings\Computernamehere\My Documents\The Lord of the Rings Online\Music\test.abc

    3. To make a new .abc file (which is what you need to use), open up a .txt file with notepad, copy and paste the stuff that you need in there, and then when you go to save file, set it to "All files" instead of just ".txt", and put a .abc at the end of it (so you would name the file "test.abc" minus the quotation marks).

    4. To play that file, when in /music mode, type /play test, or /play test.abc (or whatever you have named the file). Both have worked for me.

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    Re: The ABCs of Player Music Sharing

    Quote Originally Posted by Xero852 View Post
    it's not in my documents, it should be in My Documents\The Lord of the Rings Online\Music
    I actually had to create the folder cause it was not there.

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    X: 1
    T: intothewest (4:10)
    Z: Transcribed by Liberiel using LotRO MIDI Player: http://lotro.acasylum.com/midi
    % Transpose: -1
    L: 1/4
    Q: 106
    K: C

    [^F9/8z/2] B,3/4 [^F/2^DB,/2^F,8] [B,3/2z/2] [^D3/2B3/2b3/2z/2] ^F/2
    [B,3/2z/2] [^D3/2^F/2^f7/2] [^Fz/2] B,/2 [^F3/2^A,/2^C] [^A,3/2z/2]
    [^C3/2z/2] ^F/2 [^A,3/2z/2] [^C2z/2] ^F/2 ^A,/2 [^G3/2E,4z/2]
    [^C3/2z/2] E/2 [^G/2^F/2^f/2] [^G^g/2^C3/2] [E/2B/2b/2] [^GB/2b/2]
    [^c/2^C/2] [B,/2^G3/2^D,4^g4] [B,3/2z/2] ^D/2 [^G3/2z/2] [B,3/2z/2]
    ^D/2 [^Gz/2] B,/2 [^F/2B,/2^D^F,8] [B,3/2z/2] [^D3/2z/2] ^F/2
    [B,3/2z/2] [^D3/2z/2] [B/2b/2^F/2] [^G/2^g/2B,/2] [B/2b/2^F/2^A,/2^C]
    [^c7/2^A,3/2z/2] [^C3/2z/2] ^F/2 [^A,3/2z/2] [^C2z/2] ^F/2 ^A,/2
    [^G3/2E,4z/2] [^C3/2z/2] E/2 [^c/4^G3/2] ^d/4 [^c/2^C3/2] [B/2b/2E/2]
    [^G^g/2] [^C/2B/2b/2] [^d4^G3/2B,/2^D,4] [B,3/2z/2] ^D/2 [^G3/2z/2]
    [B,3/2z/2] ^D/2 [^Gz/2] B,/2 [B,/2^D^F,8] [B,3/2z/2] [^D3/2z/2] ^F/2
    [e3/4B,3/2z/2] [^D3/2z/4] ^d/4 [^c^F/2] B,/2 [^F/2^c4^A,/2^C]
    [^A,3/2z/2] [^C3/2z/2] ^F/2 [^A,3/2z/2] [^C2z/2] ^F/2 ^A,/2
    [^G3/2^c3/2E,4z/2] [^C3/2z/2] E/2 [^G3/2^c/4] ^d/4 [^c/2^C3/2]
    [B/2b/2E/2] [^G^g/2] [B/2b/2^C/2] [^dB,/2^G3/2^D,4] [B,3/2z/2]
    [^d/4^D/2] ^c/4 [B/2b/2^G3/2] [B,3/2B2b2z/2] ^D/2 [^Gz/2] B,/2
    [^F/2^DB,/2^F,8] [B,3/2z/2] [^D3/2z/2] ^F/2 [B,3/2z/2] [^D3/2z/2]
    [B/2b/2^F/2] [^G/2^g/2B,/2] [^F/2Bb^A,/2^C] [^A,3/2z/2] [^C3/2^c3z/2]
    ^F/2 [^A,3/2z/2] [^C2z/2] ^F/2 ^A,/2 [^G3/2E,4z/2] [^C3/2z/2] E/2
    [^G3/2^c/4] ^d/4 [^C3/2^c/2] [E/2B/2b/2] [^G^g/2] [^C/2^F/2^f/2]
    [B,/2^G3/2^D,4^g4] [B,3/2z/2] ^D/2 [^G3/2z/2] [B,3/2z/2] ^D/2 [^Gz/2]
    [B,z/2] [^G/2^G,4^d31/8^g2] [B,3/2z/2] [^D/2B] ^G/2 [^GB,3/2^gz/2]
    [^A/2^a/2^D/2] [^D^G/2^g] [B,/2B/2b9/2] [^d^DB^F,4^F/2^f4] B,/2
    [^D3/2B4z/2] ^F/2 [^FB,/2] ^D/2 [^D^F/2] B,/2 [^de4B,/2^G,4^G/2]
    [B,3/2z/2] [E/2B5/2] ^G/2 [^G7/8^g/2B,3/2] [E/2^A/2^a/2] [^G/2^g/2E]
    [B,/2B2b2] [^F3/2^c4^A,/2^C,4] [^A,3/2z/2] [^A^C/2] [^F/2B/2b/2]
    [^F^A,3/2^A^az/2] ^C/2 [^F^f/2^A/2] [^A/2^a/2^A,/2]
    [^G,4^d31/8^g2^G3/2z/2] B,/2 [^D/2B] ^G/2 [^GB,/2^g] [^D/2^A/2^a/2]
    [^D^G/2^g] [B,/2B/2b9/2] [^d^DB^F,4^F/2^f4] B,/2 [^D3/2B4z/2] ^F/2
    [^FB,/2] ^D/2 [^D^F/2] B,/2 [^de4B,/2^G,4^G/2] [B,3/2z/2] [E/2B5/2]
    ^G/2 [^G7/8^g/2B,3/2] [E/2^A/2^a/2] [^G/2E^g/2] [B2b2B,/2]
    [^F3/2^c2^A,/2^C,4] [^A,3/2z/2] [^A^C/2] [^F/2B/2b/2]
    [^F^A,3/2^c2z/2] ^C/2 [B/2b/2^F^A] [^A,/2^d/2] [^G,4^d2^g4z/2] B,/2
    [^D/2B] ^G/2 [^GB,/2^d15/8] [B/2b/2^D/2] [^D^c/2^G/2] [B,/2B/2b9/2]
    [^d^DB^F,4^F/2^f4] B,/2 [^D3/2B4z/2] ^F/2 [^FB,/2] ^D/2 [^D^F/2] B,/2
    [^de4B,/2^G,4^G/2] [B,3/2z/2] [E/2B] ^G/2 [^G7/8B5/4b5/8B,3/2z/2]
    [E/2z/8] [^c3/4z3/8] [^G/2Ez/4] [B3/4b3/4z/4] B,/2
    [^F3/2^c3/2^A,/2^d3/2^C,4] [^A,3/2z/2] [^A^C/2] [^F/2^c/2]
    [^F^A,3/2^c2z/2] ^C/2 [^F^Az/2] ^A,/2 [^D,4B,/2^F] [B,3/2z/2]
    [^D/2^F/2e] [^F,/2^F/2] [B,3/2^d^F/2] [^F/2^D/2] [^c^F^F,/2] B,/2
    [^d4^F/8^D,33/8B,/8] [^F7/8B,3/8] [B,3/2z/2] [^D/2^F/2] [^F,/2^F2]
    [^D3/8B,] z/8 ^D/2 [EB,3/2z/2] [^F5/8z/2] [^G/2E,4^G,3/2E/2]
    [B,3/2^G/2] [E/2^G/2z/8] [b7/8z3/8] [^G,3/2^G/2] [^G/2B,3/2^a]
    [E/2^G/2] [^G,^g^G7/8z/2] B,/2 [^G/2^g^G,3/2B,/2z/8] [E/2E,31/8z3/8]
    [B,3/2^G/2] [^f3E/2z/8] [^G/2z3/8] [^G,3/2z/8] ^G3/8 [^G/2B,3/2]
    [E/2^G/2] [^G,z/8] [^G7/8z3/8] B,/2 [^F/8^D,33/8B,/8] [^F7/8B,3/8]
    [B,3/2z/2] [^D/2^F/2e] [^F,/2^F/2] [^dB,3/2^F/2] [^F/2^D/2]
    [^c^F^F,/2] [B,5/8z/2] [^d2^F/8] [^D,31/8B,3/8^F7/8] [B,3/2z/2]
    [^D/2^F/2] [^F,/2^F/2] [^f2B,3/2^F/2] [^F/2^D/2] [^F^F,/2] B,/2
    [^F/2^F,3/2^A,/2^C,4^f6] [^A,3/2^F7/2z/2] [B7/8^C/2] [^F,3/2z/2]
    [^A^A,3/2z/2] ^C/2 [^G^F,3/2z/2] [^A,3/2z/2] [^C/2^F4^C,4^G]
    [^F,3/2z/2] [^A3^A,3/2z/2] ^C/2 [^F,3/2z/2] [^A,3/2z/2] ^C/2 ^F,/2
    [^FB,/2^D,4] [B,3/2z/2] [^D/2e^F/2] [^F,/2^F/2] [^dB,3/2^F/2]
    [^F/2^D/2] [^F^F,/2^c] B,/2 [^d4^F/8^D,33/8B,/8] [^F7/8B,3/8]
    [B,3/2z/2] [^D/2^F/2] [^F,/2^F2] [^D3/8B,] z/8 ^D/2 [EB,3/2z/2]
    [^F5/8z/2] [^G/2E,4^G,3/2E/2] [B,3/2^G/2] [E/2^G/2b] [^G,3/2^G/2]
    [^a7/8^G/2B,3/2] [E/2^G/2] [^G,^g^G7/8z/2] B,/2 [^G/2^G,3/2B,/2^gz/8]
    [E/2E,31/8z3/8] [B,3/2^G/2] [^f3E/2z/8] [^G/2z3/8] [^G,3/2z/8] ^G3/8
    [^G/2B,3/2] [E/2^G/2] [^G,z/8] [^G7/8z3/8] B,/2 [^F/8^D,33/8B,/8]
    [^F7/8B,3/8] [B,3/2z/2] [^D/2^F/2e] [^F,/2^F/2] [B,3/2^F/2^d]
    [^F/2^D/2] [^F^F,/2^c] [B,5/8z/2] [^d3/2^F/8] [^D,31/8B,3/8^F7/8]
    [B,3/2z/2] [^D/2^F/2] [^F,/2^d/2^F/2] [B,3/2^F/2z/8] [^d5/8z3/8]
    [^F/2^D/2z/4] [e5/8z/4] [^F^F,/2z3/8] [^f5/8z/8] B,/2
    [^F/2^c6^F,3/2^A,/2^C,4] [^A,3/2^F7/2z/2] [B7/8^C/2] [^F,3/2z/2]
    [^A^A,3/2z/2] ^C/2 [^G^F,39/8z/2] [^A,9/2z/2] [^F3/2^C,4^G/2]
    [^A7/8z/2] ^C/2 [B/2^F/2] [^FBz/2] ^C/2 [^F^Az/2] ^C/2
    [^D,8B4^G^G,3/2^d8z/2] B,/2 [^G/2^D/2] [^G,3/2^G/2^g/2]
    [B,/2^g11/8z/8] ^G3/8 [^G/2^D/2] [^G,^Gz/2] [B,/2^g/2]
    [^F,/2^A,/2^F^f4] [^A,3/2z/2] [^D/2^F/2] [^F/2^F,/2] [^F/2^A,3/2]
    [^D/2^F/2] [^F,/2^F] ^A,/2 [^G,3/2E^c4^G7/8^C,8z/2] ^C/2 [^G/2E3/2e]
    [^G/2^G,3/2] [^G/2^C/2z/8] [e7/8z3/8] [E13/8^G/2] [^G,^dz/8]
    [^G7/8z3/8] ^C/2 [^F,/2^F4^A,/2^c4^G] [^A,3/2z/2] [^C/2^G/2]
    [^F,/2z/8] ^G3/8 [^A,3/2^G/2] [^C/2^G/2] [^G^F,/2] ^A,/2
    [^D,4^G,/2^G^d4B,/2] [B,3/2z/2] [^G/2^D/2] [^G,/2^g/2^G/2]
    [B,3/2^g5/8^G/2] [^G/2^D/2z/4] [^a/2z/4] [^G,/2^Gz3/8] [^g5/8z/8]
    B,/2 [^F,/2^F^d4^D,4^gB,/2] [B,3/2z/2] [^F/2^D/2^f3] [^F/2^F,/2]
    [^F/2B,3/2] [^F/2^D/2] [^F,/2^F] B,/2 [^F,/2e4^FE,4^C4] B,/2
    [E/2^F/2] [^F,/2^F/2] [B,/2^F/2^d2] [^F/2E/2] [^F,/2^F5] B,/2
    [^A,/2^C^A4^c4^F,/2z/8] [^G7/8z3/8] [^A,3/2z/2] [^C3/2z/8] [^G/2z3/8]
    [^F,/2z/8] ^G3/8 [^A,3/2^G/2] [^C3/2^G/2] z/8 [^G7/8^F,/2z3/8] ^A,/2
    [^D3/2B,4^F,/2] [^F,2z/2] [^A,/2B3/2b3/2] ^D/2 [^D3/2z/2]
    [^F,2^F7/2^f7/2z/2] ^A,/2 ^D/2 [^A,^C3/2z/2] [^F,2z/2] [^A,2z/2] ^C/2
    [^C3/2z/2] [^F,3/2z/2] [^A,z/2] [^C2z/2] [E,/2^G2] [E,2z/2] ^G,/2
    [^C/2^F/2^f/2] [^C3/2^G2^g/2] [E,3/2B/2b/2] [^G,/2B/2b/2] [^C/2^c/2]
    [B,/2^G,/2^D,4^G4^g4] [B,2z/2] ^D/2 ^D/2 ^G,/2 [B,3/2z/2] ^D/2 z/2
    [B,4^D3/2^F,/2] [^F,2z/2] ^A,/2 ^D/2 [^D3/2z/2] [^F,2z/2]
    [^A,/2B/2b/2] [^D/2^G/2^g/2] [B/2b/2^A,^C3/2] [^c7/2^F,2z/2]
    [^A,2z/2] ^C/2 [^C3/2z/2] [^F,3/2z/2] [^A,z/2] [^C2z/2] [E,/2^G3]
    [E,2z/2] ^G,/2 [^C/2^c/4] ^d/4 [^C3/2^c/2] [B/2b/2E,3/2]
    [^G,/2^G5^g/2] [^C/2B/2b/2] [^d4B,/2^G,/2^D,4] [B,2z/2] ^D/2 z/8
    [^D/2z3/8] ^G,/2 [B,3/2z/2] ^D/2 z/2 [B,4^D3/2^F,/2] [^F,2z/2] ^A,/2
    ^D/2 [^D3/2e3/4z/2] [^F,2z/4] ^d/4 [^A,/2^c] ^D/2 [^A,^C3/2^c4z/2]
    [^F,2z/2] [^A,2z/2] ^C/2 [^C3/2z/2] [^F,3/2z/2] [^A,z/2] [^C2z/2]
    [E,/2^G3^c3/2] [E,2z/2] ^G,/2 [^C/2^c/4] ^d/4 [^C3/2^c/2]
    [E,3/2B/2b/2] [^G,/2^G5^g/2] [^C/2B/2b/2] [B,/2^G,/2^d^D,4] [B,2z/2]
    [^D/2^d/4] ^c/4 [B/2b/2z/8] [^D/2z3/8] [^G,/2z/8] [B15/8b15/8z3/8]
    [B,3/2z/2] ^D/2 z/2 [^D3/2B,4^F,/2] [^F,2z/2] ^A,/2 ^D/2 [^D3/2z/2]
    [^F,2z/2] [^A,/2B/2b/2] [^D/2^G/2^g/2] [^A,^C3/2Bbz/2] [^F,2z/2]
    [^A,2^c3z/2] ^C/2 [^C3/2z/2] [^F,3/2z/2] [^A,z/2] [^C2z/2] [E,/2^G3]
    [E,2z/2] ^G,/2 [^C/2^c/4] ^d/4 [^C3/2^c/2] [E,3/2B/2b/2]
    [^G,/2^G^g/2] [^C/2^F/2^f/2] [B,/2^D,4^G,/2^G5/2^g2] [B,2z/2] ^D/2
    z/8 [^D/2z3/8] ^G,/2 [B,2^G3/2^g/2] [^A/2^a/2^D/2] [B/2b/2]
    [^G,4^d31/8^g4z/2] [B,3/2z/2] [^D/2z/8] [B7/8z3/8] ^G/2 [^GB,3/2z/2]
    [B/2b/2^D/2] [^c/2^Dz/8] [^G/2z3/8] [B/2b35/8B,/2] [^DB^F,4^f4^dz/8]
    [^F/2z3/8] B,/2 [^D3/2B4z/2] ^F/2 [^Fz/8] [B,/2z3/8] ^D/2 [^D^F/2]
    B,/2 [e4B,/2^G,4^dz/8] [^G/2z3/8] [B,13/8z/2] [E/2B3] ^G/2 [^Gz/8]
    [B,11/8z3/8] [^c3/2E/2] [^G/2E] B,/2 [^c^A,/2^C,4^d^F3/2] [^A,3/2z/2]
    [^c3^Az/8] [^C/2z3/8] ^F/2 [^F^A,3/2z/2] ^C/2 [^Fz/8] [^A7/8z3/8]
    ^A,/2 [^FB,/2] [B,3/2z/2] [^D/2^F/2e] [^F,/2^F/2] [B,3/2^d^F/2]
    [^F/2^D/2] [^c^F^F,/2] B,/2 [^d4^F/8^D,33/8B,/8] [^F7/8B,3/8]
    [B,3/2z/2] [^D/2^F/2] [^F,/2^F2] [^D3/8B,] z/8 ^D/2 [EB,3/2z/2]
    [^F5/8z/2] [^G/2E,4^G,3/2E/2] [B,3/2^G/2] [E/2^G/2z/8] [b7/8z3/8]
    [^G,3/2^G/2] [^G/2B,3/2^a] [E/2^G/2] [^G,^g^G7/8z/2] B,/2
    [^G/2^g^G,3/2B,/2z/8] [E/2E,31/8z3/8] [B,3/2^G/2] [^f3E/2z/8]
    [^G/2z3/8] [^G,3/2z/8] ^G3/8 [^G/2B,3/2] [E/2^G/2] [^G,z/8]
    [^G7/8z3/8] B,/2 [^F/8^D,33/8B,/8] [^F7/8B,3/8] [B,3/2z/2]
    [^D/2^F/2e] [^F,/2^F/2] [^dB,3/2^F/2] [^F/2^D/2] [^c^F^F,/2]
    [B,5/8z/2] [^d2^F/8] [^D,31/8B,3/8^F7/8] [B,3/2z/2] [^D/2^F/2]
    [^F,/2^F/2] [^f2B,3/2^F/2] [^F/2^D/2] [^F^F,/2] B,/2
    [^F/2^F,3/2^A,/2^C,4^f6] [^A,3/2^F7/2z/2] [B7/8^C/2] [^F,3/2z/2]
    [^A^A,3/2z/2] ^C/2 [^G^F,3/2z/2] [^A,3/2z/2] [^C/2^F4^C,4^G]
    [^F,3/2z/2] [^A3^A,3/2z/2] ^C/2 [^F,3/2z/2] [^A,3/2z/2] ^C/2 ^F,/2
    [^FB,/2^D,4] [B,3/2z/2] [^D/2e^F/2] [^F,/2^F/2] [^dB,3/2^F/2]
    [^F/2^D/2] [^F^F,/2^c] B,/2 [^d4^F/8^D,33/8B,/8] [^F7/8B,3/8]
    [B,3/2z/2] [^D/2^F/2] [^F,/2^F2] [^D3/8B,] z/8 ^D/2 [EB,3/2z/2]
    [^F5/8z/2] [^G/2E,4^G,3/2E/2] [B,3/2^G/2] [E/2^G/2b] [^G,3/2^G/2]
    [^a7/8^G/2B,3/2] [E/2^G/2] [^G,^g^G7/8z/2] B,/2 [^G/2^G,3/2B,/2^gz/8]
    [E/2E,31/8z3/8] [B,3/2^G/2] [^f3E/2z/8] [^G/2z3/8] [^G,3/2z/8] ^G3/8
    [^G/2B,3/2] [E/2^G/2] [^G,z/8] [^G7/8z3/8] B,/2 [^F/8^D,33/8B,/8]
    [^F7/8B,3/8] [B,3/2z/2] [^D/2^F/2e] [^F,/2^F/2] [B,3/2^F/2^d]
    [^F/2^D/2] [^F^F,/2^c] [B,5/8z/2] [^d3/2^F/8] [^D,31/8B,3/8^F7/8]
    [B,3/2z/2] [^D/2^F/2] [^F,/2^d/2^F/2] [B,3/2^F/2z/8] [^d5/8z3/8]
    [^F/2^D/2z/4] [e5/8z/4] [^F^F,/2z3/8] [^f5/8z/8] B,/2
    [^F/2^c6^F,3/2^A,/2^C,4] [^A,3/2^F7/2z/2] [B7/8^C/2] [^F,3/2z/2]
    [^A^A,3/2z/2] ^C/2 [^G^F,39/8z/2] [^A,9/2z/2] [^F3/2^C,4^G/2]
    [^A7/8z/2] ^C/2 [B/2^F/2] [^FBz/2] ^C/2 [^F^Az/2] ^C/2
    [^D,8B4^G^G,3/2^d8z/2] B,/2 [^G/2^D/2] [^G,3/2^G/2^g/2]
    [B,/2^g11/8z/8] ^G3/8 [^G/2^D/2] [^G,^Gz/2] [B,/2^g/2]
    [^F,/2^A,/2^F^f4] [^A,3/2z/2] [^D/2^F/2] [^F/2^F,/2] [^F/2^A,3/2]
    [^D/2^F/2] [^F,/2^F] ^A,/2 [^G,3/2E^c4^G7/8^C,8z/2] ^C/2 [^G/2E3/2e]
    [^G/2^G,3/2] [^G/2^C/2z/8] [e7/8z3/8] [E13/8^G/2] [^G,^dz/8]
    [^G7/8z3/8] ^C/2 [^F,/2^F4^A,/2^c4^G] [^A,3/2z/2] [^C/2^G/2]
    [^F,/2z/8] ^G3/8 [^A,3/2^G/2] [^C/2^G/2] [^G^F,/2] ^A,/2
    [^D,4^G,/2^G^d4B,/2] [B,3/2z/2] [^G/2^D/2] [^G,/2^g/2^G/2]
    [B,3/2^g5/8^G/2] [^G/2^D/2z/4] [^a/2z/4] [^G,/2^Gz3/8] [^g5/8z/8]
    B,/2 [^F,/2^F^d4^D,4^gB,/2] [B,3/2z/2] [^F/2^D/2^f3] [^F/2^F,/2]
    [^F/2B,3/2] [^F/2^D/2] [^F,/2^F] B,/2 [^F,/2e4^FE,4^C4] B,/2
    [E/2^F/2] [^F,/2^F/2] [B,/2^F/2^d2] [^F/2E/2] [^F,/2^F] B,/2
    [^A,/2^c15/8^F/2^F,/2] [^A,3/2^F/2] [^F/2^C/2] [^F,/2^F/2]
    [^c5/8^A,3/2^F/2] [^C/2^F/2z/8] [B3/4b3/4z3/8] [^F/2^F,/2z/4]
    [^A3/4^a3/4z/4] [^A,/2^F/2] [B,/2^f4B9/2^D4b8^F,/2] [^F,2z/2] B,/2
    E/2 E/2 [^F,3/2z/2] B,/2 E/2 [^D4^F4^f/2B,2] [Bz/2] ^f/2 B/2 [B4z2]
    [^F4^D4B,2] B2 [^D,/2^f/2B,/2] [^F,/2^D/2B/2] [B,/2^F/2^f/2]
    [B5/2^D5/2z/8] ^F19/8

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    I read up a ways and noticed some people had questions about how to play song, how to display songs, etc.

    Download this plugin and never look back:

    http://www.lotrointerface.com/downlo...-Songbook.html

    Songbook ftw!

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    Post Re: The ABCs of Player Music Sharing

    Adding the ABC music system was a great idea. It takes a little time to learn but is a blast when you do.

    Thx for making a detailed post so others can start to learn the system.

    Follow the link on North Woods signature.. LINK .. It is a very helpful webpage.
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    Re: The ABCs of Player Music Sharing

    Thanks for this information Northwoods. I'm still rather confused, but you explained it further than anything else I've seen.

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    Re: The ABCs of Player Music Sharing

    I just can't get the Midi-ABC converter to work! Do you guys know how to work it?

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    Re: The ABCs of Player Music Sharing

    I can't get this to work, I have a song, i put it into notepad, then saved it as an .abc file under mydocuments/lordoftheringsonline/music. I go to play it and it says song not found. I know its there though.

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    Re: The ABCs of Player Music Sharing

    Quote Originally Posted by koraann View Post
    I can't get this to work, I have a song, i put it into notepad, then saved it as an .abc file under mydocuments/lordoftheringsonline/music. I go to play it and it says song not found. I know its there though.
    Precisely the same problem here. Help? TIA!

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    Re: The ABCs of Player Music Sharing

    Quote Originally Posted by Amphiaraus View Post
    Precisely the same problem here. Help? TIA!
    You probably had Notepad default extension enabled. Open the file again in Notepad and File/SaveAs

    At the bottom on the top box you should see the filename. if it has .txt at the end, delete it including the . prior to txt. You should now have: filename.abc Also, to make it easier, make sure there are no spaces in your filename.

    The second box (under filename) has an arrow on the right, click that and choose All Files. This will prevent Notepad from automatically putting .txt at the end of your filename.

    Save your file and try to load it in the game. If it still fails check the name of your Music folder. I actually have two music folders, one is music and the other is Music. The game only sees files in the Music folder.

    Since you made a second file of the tune, delete the one with the .txt name. You can find it easily by opening a file for notepad, it will default to txt files and you will see it as a selection. Just right click and choose delete.

    You can change your options in explorer to show extensions and just rename the filename.abc.txt file. Either method works.

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    Re: The ABCs of Player Music Sharing

    Quote Originally Posted by lastalliance View Post
    I just can't get the Midi-ABC converter to work! Do you guys know how to work it?
    Don't bother. For the most part you'll get chords which are unplayable with the /play command.

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    Re: The ABCs of Player Music Sharing

    IF you want to convert from MIDI, your best bet is to pick simple folk melodies written for one voice, preferably something like a whistle. That'd start you off closer to the LotRO implementation than anything else.

    One thing you can't get around with editing ABC files is that it requires at least some music know-how. It might not take a ton for simple melodies, but you can't do it (well) without any. The nice thing is, what you need is pretty easy to learn and you can find descriptions of the basics on Wiki, amongst other places.

    As mentioned, chords aren't supported. Somewhere earlier in the thread was a suggestion for mimicing chords by "strumming" them. A lot of other non-supported constructs can be simulated in supported ways as well. You just need to do a little reading and put a little work into it.

    I've learned more about music notation reading up on ABC than I ever did before, and I haven't looked at sheet music since high school (a looong time ago). If I can figure this out, it can't be that difficult to grasp. You just have to want to.

    And for those who want to, you can learn more about music trying to create a beautiful-sounding ABC file than you could just typing notes on your keyboard. Figuring out the ABC is figuring out what makes music work. From there, you can go anywhere. Have fun.
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    Re: The ABCs of Player Music Sharing

    NM, finally found a place that had it:

    The symbols ^, = and _ are used (before a note) to generate respectively a sharp, natural or flat. Double sharps and flats are available with ^^ and __ respectively.
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    Talking Re: The ABCs of Player Music Sharing

    Anyone out there who can convert some Type O Negative songs to ABC format? Some of the songs I would like are Black No. 1, Christian Women, or My Girlfriend's girlfriend.

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    Re: The ABCs of Player Music Sharing

    How do I get up to the third octave? I only know how to do 2; such as c and C.

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    Re: The ABCs of Player Music Sharing

    This is the best thread I have read on the topic so far.

    I followed the instructions and it worked.

    Thank you!

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    Re: The ABCs of Player Music Sharing

    Unfortunately, from what I can tell, the new triplet notation doesn't sound like an old triplet. I hope they update it to allow triplets at some point.

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