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You can download the NHCD Tunebook and Chord Book with all the tunes on the website in one place.
NHCD Tune Book ~ A compilation of all the tunes on this website (version 5.5, Nov. 2021)
NHCD Chord Book ~ With suggested chords for all the tunes on the website plus chords for a number of additional tunes (version 4, April 2021}.
Updates to Previous Tune Book Editions If you have a previous edition, these updates should contain any additional tunes in the current edition.
You can download the tunes by category. Click on the links to download tunes as documents in abc notation and standard notation (as PDFs), or to go to a web page with the tunes on the page in abc format.
Please note: If your browser displays an abc file instead of downloading it, see the instructions below for help.
About the supplements & utilities. I made these up for my own use. I make no claim to expertise with either abc or spreadsheets, but I find the abc help files and spreadsheet utilities useful and perhaps someone else will too.
The spreadsheets were done in iWork Numbers. Numbers can be quite slow, and it doesn't have the power of Excel but I find that the ability to have multiple independent tables per sheet and ease of use makes it preferable.
Numbers and Pages are free on a Mac, iPhone or iPad. If you use something else, it's still free: all you need is a free Apple ID. Go to icloud.com, log in, and you can use the online versions of Numbers and Pages (and several other apps).
If your browser displays an abc file instead of downloading it, click on your browser's Back button to bring the file listings back.
Then hold down your Control key and click on the abc file link.
Choose Download Linked File (or your browser's equivalent) and the file will be downloaded to your usual downloads location.
The tunes are presented in PDF and abc format.
The abc code is presented as downloadable abc documents. They may be opened by an abc app such as EasyABC which displays tunes in standard musical notation, and also plays them.
The PDF documents contain the same tunes in standard musical notation, in alphabetical order.
To learn more about abc musical notation, go to the Introduction to abc Notation section (listed in the menu as About abc Notation).
Here is a Guide to the Tune Resources on this website and a comparison of the options. Click outside the box to close it.
Next is a Comparison of the Available Options to help you decide which is best for you.