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"Dots" is musician slang for written music — you knew that, right? Here are a bunch of tunes, mostly ones I've taught at festival workshops or the like, organised in collections by where and when I taught them.

The tunes are stored in ABC format — learn more about ABC format — which is then converted on-the-fly into PNG images or PDF documents, as you demand them. This means the images can be a bit slow to load sometimes, but it helps me keep costs down and reduces my workload. Hooray! I notated these tunes over many years and in lots of different contexts so don't expect them to be consistent. Some are really simple, some are a bit more complicated, but they are all pretty simple compared to anything a person might actually play in real life. Do not take these as any nore than mnemonics.

With regard to the MIDI playback — I provide this functionality with misgivings. If musical notation itself is a bad friend in folk music, MIDI is close to being a mortal enemy. It's been very useful to me in editing my ABC code, but it is objectively terrible: there's no swing, grace notes and trills aren't always rendered according to my intentions, there are problems with first and second time endings in harmony parts, polskas are just awful... none of which is exactly a bugs or an error, they're just in the nature of the way MIDI and ABC interact. I hope it will prove useful for people whose sight-reading isn't that great, but please please please remember — the tunes do not sound like this!