The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #164277   Message #3930794
Posted By: Will Fly
14-Jun-18 - 04:26 AM
Thread Name: ABC versus Standard Notation
Subject: RE: ABC versus Standard Notation
ABC at its simplest is a handy device for transmitting tunes in text form across the internet, for jotting tunes down at a pub session, etc.

At its most complex, I personally think it is less intuitive to understand than standard notation, and this page is worth a look:

http://abcnotation.com/wiki/abc:standard:v2.2

If I had to read this to learn music, I think I'd prefer the very visual appearance of standard notation. One of the problems of alternative systems like ABC and tablature is that they can start off very simply and then become gradually more complex - so much so that the advantage of their original simplicity is lost.