the Craic 4+

Mobile tunes in abc notation

Wil Macaulay

    • 4.4 • 10 Ratings
    • $4.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Carry your tunebook with you wherever you go! thousands of traditional dance tunes in abc notation on the internet, and create your own tunes, sets and collections.

Stop rummaging through paper tunebooks - turn your iPad or iPhone into a portable tunebook. Quickly search, display and hear thousands of Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other tunes for fiddle, flute, bagpipes, banjo, mandolin, concertina or accordion.

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- includes a selection of 76 commonly played session tunes (lots more on the Internet!)
- create, play and print sets of tunes
- create collections of your favourite tunes and sets, print them as tune books or as incipits
- import ABC notation via iTunes, cloud services like iCloud and Dropbox, email or the internet
- bagpipe notation for tunes with HP or Hp key
- search online or on your iPad or iPhone
- online search results can be quickly imported into your library
- simple playback with tempo control and looping
- choose flute, whistle, fiddle, banjo, guitar, piano, harp or accordion
- create and edit ABC notation on your iPad with a keyboard extension to simplify entry
- external keyboard fully supported
- print
- share via email as ABC notation or PDF
- open as a PDF in other applications

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What’s New

Version 3.6

New/Fixed in 3.6 (240707)
- fixed an issue with tunes freezing if they are missing an M: field
- added set titles
- tweaked staff rendering to better line up glyphs with staff lines
- settings/tools pages updates:
- layout improvements
- added a separate page for print/export/cheatsheet settings
- added settings for cheatsheets:
- number of bars to print
- number of bars for preview
- show/hide the music notation (requires subscription, default show)
- show/hide ABC (requires subscription, default hide)
- added a separate page for support/subscription
- added a tipjar
- improved layout
- fixed an issue where blank lines could be inserted when there are trailing spaces after the last barline

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Hawks-Eye! ,

The Craic

Been using this for the last few years as I’ve gone down the rabbit hole of Old Time fiddle music. So many tunes to learn and so little time... Love the ability to do online searches and download straight from the program. Love having an easily portable memory bank cause I sure can’t remember all these tunes. Love being able to alter notes, add bowings, fingerings, ornamentations. Love being able to save a PDF or print it out to share with friends.

My only issue is when I’m editing first and second endings, I often do something that makes the program freeze up. But it’s not the end of the world. I just close out the program and boot it up again.

reviewer98103 ,

Well designed and well organized

I have been using this ABC player, version 2.1, for many months, and strongly recommend it. It is simple and easy to use.

It is easy to add tunes to your library, either from the web, or by cut-and-paste from email, or manually by keyboard. The smart search makes it easy to find tunes in your library or on the web. The search will find partial matches as you type, and will match on any words in any title tag (T in ABC notation). I have many tunes with two title tags, where the second tag is the subtitle, and it is very handy to search across all titles and subtitles.

When playing a tune, the app will use the tempo specified in the ABC notation (the Q tag), which means you don’t need to fuss with the slider to adjust the tempo. I love that feature! If the tune doesn’t have a tempo specified, you can always use the slider. (One nice improvement would be to have a bigger slider, and I understand that is coming in another release. )

It is easy to email a tune to someone, open a tune as a PDF, open it as ABC notation for editing, or print it. Overall, it’s a great app.

Larry Hohm, Seattle

D_Whistle ,

Great App got better

I started with the old app and loved that I could take my new tunes with me on my phone to learn and practice anywhere.

The new features made it that much easier. Now I can hear the tunes “at speed” (as I’d eventually play them) with the note stress feature. I’m also using it on my iPad to notate as well. Bravo Macaulay!

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