Another good way to find a tune, if you know its name,
is to use a search engine (like Google)
and search for the tune name followed by the word "abc".
For example, if you are looking for The Rolling Wave,
type in :
rolling wave abc
You should get a list of locations where The Rolling Wave
can be found as an abc file.
Most of these tune collection sites provide the tunes in several
different file formats:
ABC (see below);
GIF, PDF (a graphic representation of the sheet music);
and sometimes MIDI (a simple music file).
If you find a tune only in abc format, and you would like to
see the sheet music, here are a few conversion applications:
(available for both Windows and Mac computers)
(for Windows computers only)
Tunes in abc Format :
"abc" is a character notation
for writing tunes in a portable and easy way,
and is used for sending tunes via e-mail,
for putting tune books on the internet,
and for typesetting tunes.
More information about the abc format is
available at Chris Walshaw's