Other Resources

Traditional music resources online
Software and programs for musicians
Tips and Other Cool Stuff


Thanks are due especially to Susan Reid who has contributed many of the MP3 clips (and many of her own tunes) on this site, Jean Rhéaume for valuable help with ABC notation and sheet music for Québécois tunes, and to David Kaynor who taught us many of these tunes.

Special thanks also to my daughter plus Andy Christiansen and Randy Hough for technical help, and to my wife for technical and musical help and for her forbearance while I work on this site.

Also, thanks to to many online resources for some of the material on this site. Chief among them:

Other traditional music sources:

  • Music software:

    • Amazing Slow Downer, https://www.ronimusic.com/ Software intended for musicians wanting to slow down (or speed up) music without changing the pitch.  Available for Mac and Windows computers, iPhone/iPad and Android. $49.95 but well worth it.
    • Audacity, http://www.audacityteam.org/.
      Audacity® is free, open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing.
    • Best Practice, a musician’s practice tool, to slow down or speed up music, either from an MP3 file or directly from a CD.  Also change the pitch of the music without affecting its tempo.  For Windows only.  Free at http://bestpractice.sourceforge.net/.
    • Convert your own ABC to MIDI or PDF, a website that converts ABC to standard notation as  printable PDF’s and/or midi files.
    • EasyABC, http://www.nilsliberg.se/ksp/easyabc/, a free, open source ABC editor for Windows, OSX and Linux. (David Kaynor uses and recommends this.)  See Tunebook for iPad below for more on ABC notation.
    • GenYouTube, An online facility to easily record the audio from a YouTube video and save it as an MP3 file.  Follow these directions. (NOTE: this may not work for some videos which are tightly copyright restricted.)
      • View the video on YouTube and edit the URL, adding the word gen right before the word youtube (e.g., https://www.genyoutube.com/example) and hit Enter.
      • That will take you to the download page for that video, just select MP3 from the list of options to start downloading an MP3 version of the YouTube’s audio. This will take a short while depending on the length of the video.  When it finishes, it’ll offer you a screen to choose where you want to save the MP3.
      • This should be limited to personal, non-commercial purposes to avoid possible copyright infringement.
    • Hand Brake, https://handbrake.fr/.
      HandBrake is a software program for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs including audio, such as MP3.
    • MuseScore, MuseScore is a free scorewriter for Windows, macOS, and Linux, comparable to Finale and Sibelius, supporting a wide variety of file formats and input methods.
    • Online-Convert.com. a free multi-purpose conversion site that seems to work very well for converting midi file to standard MP3.
    • Tunebook for iPad, “https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tunebook-for-ipad/id368413919?mt=8” , a viewer for music expressed in the ABC format. ABC is a simple text-based notation for music. Many thousands of tunes are freely available in this format on the Web. ABC is also supported by many music applications.
      –See The ABC Notation Website for more details on the ABC format.
      –How to use Tunebook: http://www.jhlabs.com/tunebook/#start
    • Tunepal, https://tunepal.org/index.html#!/record.
      Tunepal is a search-by-playing search engine for traditional Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Breton, American marching band and Canadian tunes.  By playing a 12 second extract from a traditional tune on an an instrument such as the flute or fiddle, you can retrieve score matches from a database of over 24,000 music scores, view and playback, share and download the score, or find and play other recordings of the tune.


    Tips and Other Cool Stuff:

    Online Music Instruction:

    Green Star Fiddle Lessons, offering online lessons and classes on beginning fiddle, clawhammer style banjo, and family music starting as young as age four to seniors!