Taylor's Traditional Tunebook

Frequently Asked Questions

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The drop down box does not work. What's wrong?
How do I download individual tunes?
How do I download the tune collections?
Do you know where I can find a midi of _____ (name of tune)?
Do you have the lyrics to the tune _____ ?
May I use these midis on my web site?
May I upload the entire collection to my web site?
Can I get a tape of these midis?


The drop down box does not work. What's wrong?

You probably do not have a java capable browser. Instead of using the drop down box click on the underlined link on the main page (or here) to the "No Java" Tunebook Top. Use the links on the upper right of the "No Java" page to navigate. You must return to that page (using the "back" button on your browser) each time you want to go to a different page, so you may want to bookmark the individual pages.

Do not send mail regarding this issue. The "No Java" Tunebook Top is provided for older versions of browsers. If this is a problem look into upgrading your browser. An alternative is to download the menus to play the tunes locally on your computer. (Use the link to "Downloadable Menus from the "No Java" page). The menus do not have java script so you will not have a problem on your home computer.


How do I download individual tunes?

Double clicking on a tune will play the tune, which in this case you don't want to happen. To download a midi to your hard drive simply Right-Click or Shift-Click on the tune link. That will open a FileSaveAs or SaveTargetAs dialog box. Insert a directory or browse to where you want the file saved and click on OK.

How do I download the tune collections?

Clicking on the hyperlink at the top of each collection page will download the zip file to your hard drive. All you have to do is point to a directory where you want the file saved. Once it is on your hard drive you must use PKUNZIP or another zip program to uncompress the file and yield all its midi, lyrics and off-line menu files.


Do you know where I can find a midi of _____ (name of tune)?

Try Folk Music from England, Ireland, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and America If you cannot find what you are looking for there do an Internet search for the song title - something may turn up. Barry is no longer maintaining or adding to this tunebook, so requests for new midis are not accepted.

Do you have the lyrics to the tune _____ ?

Your best bet to find lyrics is the lyrics database at Digital Tradition. If a search of that database fails to yield results, then while you are still at that site do a Forum Search for the song title. If that does not work post a inquiry to the Forum in the form of LYR REQ: "Song Title" (replace song title with the title of the tune and leave out the quotes.) If that, too, fails then post your inquiry to the several newsgroups relating to this topic... e.g., rec.music.celtic, rec.music.folk or uk.music.folk.

May I use these midis on my web site?

Yes, you may, but as these midis and musical arrangements are copyrighted there are a few restrictions. These are explained in the ReadMe file.

May I upload the entire collection to my web site?

It is recommened that you restrict your use to some of the files but not the entire collection. Otherwise all you are trying to accomplish is to attract visitor traffic away from this site (which is the one selected and authorized by Barry to host his tunebook).

Can I get a tape of your midis?

Barry is no longer supporting the tunebook, and he has no interest in publishing the midis. However, you might be surprised how easy it is to make your own by connecting a patch cord from your sound card to a tape deck.

All you need is to purchase (e.g., from Radio Shack) a patch cord that has a mini plug at one end and RCA connectors at the other. The mini plug goes into your sound card at the rear of your computer, while the RCA connectors go into the stereo tape inputs of your tape deck. Use your sound card utilities to adjust the volume, bass and treble. The better your sound card, the better the quality of the recording!

A similar process can be used for recording from Web TV, but the patch cord will differ from that described above. I have not seen a Web TV "box" but I assume that it would probably require RCA connectors at both ends.

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