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Music is a vital part of Lord of the Rings Online. Players can play different instruments and songs by using the keyboard or the ABC system.

Playing Music

To get started in game, go seek a Bard, purchase an instrument and type /music to play. A progress bar will appear to let you know you are now in music mode. To play notes, use any of the several keyboard commands associated with playing music. To get out of music mode, simply move your character (or use the command /music off).

Instruments

The following instruments can be purchased for 2 silver from a Bard.

  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Harp
  • Horn
  • Lute
  • Drum
  • Theorbo
  • Bagpipes
  • Basic Cowbells

The purpose of these instruments for all classes except Minstrels is solely to make music.

Only the Minstrel has direct access to all instruments. If another character wishes to learn the skill for a particular instrument, they must find a Minstrel who is above level 30 who will Mentor (Instruct) them in the use of that instrument.

Advanced versions of some of these instruments can be made by woodworkers, but can only be used by Minstrels.

Instrument Skill Table

Burglar-icon.png Captain-icon.png Champion-icon.png Guardian-icon.png Hunter-icon.png Lore-master-icon.png Minstrel-icon.png Rune-keeper-icon.png Warden-icon.png
Burglar Captain Champion Guardian Hunter Lore-master Minstrel Rune-keeper Warden
Basic Cowbell Use-icon.png Basic Cowbell Use
Clarinet Use-icon.png Clarinet Use
Lute Use-icon.png Lute Use
Flute Use-icon.png Flute Use
Harp Use-icon.png Harp Use
Horn Use-icon.png Horn Use
Drum Use-icon.png Drum Use L:10
Theorbo Use-icon.png Theorbo Use L:15
Bagpipes Use-icon.png Bagpipes Use L:25
Moor Cowbell Use-icon.png Moor Cowbell Use L:40
• Starting proficiencies
L:? Level you can learn instrument proficiencies

If an instrument is available to you it can be trained at your Class Trainer under Passive Characteristics.

See also:


Musical Mentoring

Ability Level Range Description Learned from
Scribe Stance-icon.png Scribe Stance 30 25m Used with a mentor skill, creates a manual to teach instrument use Trainer
Mentor- Clarinet-icon.png Mentor : Clarinet 30 25m Instruct someone how to play the clarinet. Trainer
Mentor- Horn-icon.png Mentor : Horn 30 25m Instruct someone how to play the horn. Trainer
Mentor - Pibgorn-icon.png Mentor : Pibgorn 30 25m Instruct someone how to play the pibgorn. Trainer
Mentor- Cowbell-icon.png Mentor : Cowbell 36 25m Instruct someone how to play the cowbell. Trainer
Mentor - Bagpipes-icon.png Mentor : Bagpipes 48 25m Instruct someone how to play the bagpipes. Item
Mentor - Drums-icon.png Mentor : Drums 42 25m Instruct someone how to play the drum. Item
Mentor - Flute-icon.png Mentor : Flute 46 25m Instruct someone how to play the flute. Item
Mentor - Harp-icon.png Mentor : Harp 25m Instruct someone how to play the harp. Item
Mentor - Moor Cowbell-icon.png Mentor : Moor Cowbell 50 25m Instruct someone how to play Moor cowbell. Item
Mentor - Theorbo-icon.png Mentor : Theorbo 44 25m Instruct someone how to play the theorbo. Item
  • In Scribe Stance-icon.png Scribe Stance these skills allow the Minstrel to create Instruction manuals for other players.
These manuals do not require the Minstrel and the trainee to be in proximity of each other, as Mentoring does.
For example, Mentor- Horn-icon.png Mentor : Horn becomes Scribe Manual - Horn-icon.png Scribe Manual : Horn, which allows you to create a Manual of the Horn.

The cooldown also extends to 10 days.

Tablature

c':                       --s8--
b :                      s7
a :                 --s6--
g :                s5
f :--------------s4-------------------------------
e :           s3
d :--------s2-------------------------------------
c :     s1                   8
B :-----------------------7-------c8--------(b)c7-
A :                    6     (#)c7       (b)c6
G :-----------------5-----(#)c6------(b)c5--------
F :              4     (#)c5
E :-----------3-------c4---------(b)c3------------
D :        2     (#)c3        (b)c2
C :   --1--   (#)c2        (b)c1
B,: c1 
s1 = Shift 1
c1 = Control 1
(#)c2 means that Control 2 plays C sharp.
(b)c2 means that Control 2 plays D flat. (same note as C#)
  • Note that there is a bit of overlap (E = 3 & c4, B = 7 & c8, c = 8 & s1)

Songs

The following is a list of songs and the keys needed to play them. When numbers are in italic text; it means to hold shift, when numbers are in bold text; it means to hold control, and when numbers are encased in parenthesis mean to repeat them multiple times. (all are mapped to the default LOTRO keybindings)

Chicken dance

5566335556633555668877654445522444552244455778

Mininabs version All holding shift if you like or control. [5-5-6-6-3-3-5-5] [5-5-6-6-3-3-5] [5-5-6-8-7-5-4-3-2] [5-5-6-6-3-3-5-5] [5-5-6-6-3-3-5] [5-5-6-7-8] fancy ending :)

Chopsticks

(45)(35)(27) 36 27 18

Concerning Hobbits

1235321 6788763432

Go Go Buko

(FF chocobo song)
||: S2- 7 5 3 S2 7 5 7- 5- 7-- 6 5 565 4 5-- 4 5 57S2 S3 S4 ,
S2- 7 5 3 S2 7 5 7- 5- 7-- 6 5 565 4 5-- 4 5 57S2 S3 S4, ||
S3- 8 6 4 6 8 S3 S2- S5- S2-- 7 8- 6 C5 2 C5 6 8 & 787 6 7--- S3- 8 6 C5 6 8 S3 S2- S5- S2--
7 6 676 5 6--5 6 678 S2 S3- S4- :||

for those who don't know
play all from ||: to :|| then go back to ||: and play to ||

Hobbits

(45)(45)(45)(45)(45)(45)(35)(35)(35)(35)(35)(35)(27)(27)(27)(27)(26)(27)(38)(38)(38)(38)
(37)(36)(45)(45)(45)(45)(45)(45))(35)(35)(35)(35)(35)(35)(27)(27)(27)(27)(26)(27)(38)

Imperial March

Compiled by Neda
3-3-3-1-5-3-1-5-3
7-7-7-8-5-3-1-5-3
8-5-5-8-7-C6-6-5-6
3-6-5-4-3-4-1-4-2-4-6-...
Compiled by Mariner
6-6-6-4-8-6-4-8-6-S3-S3-S3-S4-8-6-4-8-6
S6-4-4-S6-S5-S5-S4-S5-7-S3-S2-S2-8-7-8
4-6-4-6-8-6-8-S2-6-6-S6-S6-S5-S4-S5-7
S3-S2-S2-8-8-4-6-8-6

Into the West

s1,5,5,6,7,8,s2,8,8,6
8,s2,s1,s3,s2,s1,6,8,s3
s4,s3,s2,s2,s3,s2,s1,6
8,s3,8,8,6,8,s2,s2,s3,s2
8,6,5,6,6,7,8,s3,s1,s2,s1,s2,s3,s2

chorus:
s4,s3,s2,s3,s8,s7,s6,s6,s5,s4,s3,s2
s3,s5,s5,s4,s3,s2,s3,s8,s7,s6,s6,s5
s4,s3,s2,s3,s3,s3,s4,s5,s5,s6,s6,s6
s5,s4,s4,s3,s2,s6,s6,s7,s6,s6,s5,s4,s3,s2

Mad World (Gary Jules)

Converted into Lord of the Rings Online music by "hg.greyfox@gmail.com".

beginning:
6856 4532 5 (32) 5 (32) 8 6856 4567 5 (32) 5 (32) 8

chorus:
4466 4488 8677 7577 7654 (x3)

end part 1:
4466 88 2 77 2 2 774 (x2)

end part 2:
4466 88 2 7 77 2 2 7774 -5 (-1-3) -4 (-1-3)

Mario Bros. Theme

Arranged by DarkZealot89 Compiled by stamen47

7 7 7 5 7 sh2 2
5 2 ct1 3 ct5 4 3 2 7 sh2 sh3 sh1 sh2 7 5 6 ct5
sh2 sh2 sh1 6 ct7 7 2 3 5 3 5 6 sh2 sh2 sh1 6 ct7 7 sh5 sh5 sh5
sh2 sh2 sh1 6 ct7 7 2 3 5 3 5 6 ct7 6 5
5 5 5 5 6 7 5 3 2 5 5 5 5 6 7
5 5 5 5 6 7 5 3 2 7 7 7 5 7 sh2 2
7 5 2 2 ct3 3 8 8 3 ct5 sh3 sh3 sh3 sh2 sh1 7 5 3 2
7 5 2 2 ct3 3 8 8 3 ct5 8 8 8 7 6 5

Minuets

51234511645678114543234321232111

Oh! Susana

12355 6531 233212
12355 6531 233221
44 66 233212
12355 6531 233221

Ode To Joy

334554321123322
334554321123211
23431234123432125
334554321123211

Lost Woods from Zelda

(arranged by Snapple/Mumble)(Tweaked by Chisloan)
4 6 7 | 4 6 7 | 4 6 7 s3 s2 | 7 8 7 5 3 | 2 3 5 3
4 6 7 | 4 6 7 | 4 6 7 s3 s2 | 7 8 s3 8 5 | 7 5 2 3
4 5 6 | 5 6 7 | 8 7 3
s2 s3 s3 | s3 s4 s5 | s4 s5 s6
4 5 6 | 5 6 7 | 8 7 3
s2 s1 | s3 s2 | s4 s3 | s5 s4 | s6 s5 | s7 s6 | s7 s8

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

11556654433221554433211556654433221

The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)

123234321232132 543

Raiders of the Lost Ark Theme

(proper name: Raiders' March) (arranged by Smithymgs)

3-4-5-8 2-3-4
5-6-7-s4 6-7-8-s2-s3
3-4-5-8 s2-s3-s4
5-5-s3-s2-5-s3-s2-5-s3-s2
(repeat)

Sayuri's Theme

Converted into Lord of the Rings Online music by "hg.greyfox@gmail.com".

2 1 2 4 3 4 2 1 3 6 2 6 5 6 5 6 4 3 5 2

Silent night

5,6,5,3 - 5,6,5,3 - s2,s2,7 - 8,8,5 - 6,6,8,7,6 - 5,6,5,3
6,6,8,7,6 - 5,6,5,3 - s2,s2,s4,s2,7,8,s3 - 8,5,3,5,4,2,1


Somewhere Over the Rainbow Side

S# = Press Shift and the # = 1 octave higher. C# = Press Control and the # = Flat note.

S1 is the same note as #8 but sometimes it's easier to press S1 instead of 8, and vice versa.

4 S4 S3 S1 S2 S3 S4 4 S2 S1 2 C7 6 4 5 6 C7 5 3 4 5 6 4

4 S4 S3 S1 S2 S3 S4 4 S2 S1 2 C7 6 4 5 6 C7 5 3 4 5 6 4

8 6 8 6 8 6 8 6 C7 8 C7 8 C7 8 C7 8 S2 S2 8 6 8 6 8 6 8 6 8 7 S2 7 S2 7 S2 7 S2 S3 S3 S5 S2

4 S4 S3 S1 S2 S3 S4 4 S2 S1 2 C7 6 4 5 6 C7 5 3 4 5 6 4

8 6 8 6 8 6 8 6 8 C7 8 C7 8 C7 8 C7 8 S2 S2 8 6 8 6 8 6 8 6 8 C7 8 C7 8 C7 8 S2 S2 S4 S5 S6

4 S4 S3 S1 S2 S3 S4 4 S2 S1 2 C7 6 4 5 6 C7 5 3 4 5 6 4

Personally on the last line I would prefer a SC7 in there, but.... the game can't do shift-control combinations, so you're stuck rehashing the standard verse.*

  • Note: Shift+Ctrl is supported, but not mapped on the keyboard.

Still Alive

Converted into Lord of the Rings Online music by "hg.greyfox@gmail.com".

8 7 6 6 7
This was a triumph.

2 8 7 6 6 7 5 6 2
I'm making a note here... huge success.

2 6 7 8 6 C5 5 6 2 2 7
It's hard to overstate my satisfaction

ABC-system

All ABC files that you create for playback in LOTRO must have an .abc extension, and they must be stored in a sub-folder named Music that is located in

Windows XP: “C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\My Documents\The Lord of the Rings Online\”
Windows 7: “C:\Users\%username%\Documents\The Lord of the Rings Online\”
For information on the Mac Client see: Mac Client#Music
  • Once you are all logged in and ready to start, equip your favorite instrument.
If you do not own an instrument, visit the nearest Bard and purchase one for a few silver pieces.
Note: equipping an instrument will un-equip any ranged weapon (third slot) you have equipped. (A minstrel will always have their instrument equipped.) For example, a Rune-keeper will have their "chisel," replaced with their instrument, a Lore-master their broach, etc.
  • Enter the Player Music System mode by using the /music command.
If you have an instrument in your bags, but do not have it equipped, typing /music will automatically equip it for you.
  • Then play each ABC file by using the command /play <filename> , where <filename> is the name of an ABC file minus the .abc extension.
  • For best-quality playback, you should enable the Quantize Player Music checkbox in the Audio section of your LOTRO client options.

Playing in the band

  • To play with others, each types: /play <filename> sync
  • After all in the group have typed /play <filename> sync, to begin the song type: /playstart

Once you have mastered solo play you may want to try playing songs with friends!

You can play simultaneously, using different instruments if you like, with some advanced playback commands. (As well as some advanced ABC arrangement files.)

  • First, make sure you both have the same song’s ABC file in your Music folder. The files themselves do not have to be named the same, but it needs to be the same song.
  • Now, log into the game and form a fellowship with whomever you want to play with.
  • While in the fellowship, everyone enter music mode using /music
  • Each person will then type /play <filename> sync with “<filename>” being the name of your ABC file you are all going to play.
For example, if you wanted to play Song1.abc, you would all type /play Song1 sync If your fellows ABC file were named say Song2.abc, he would type /play Song2 sync
You should all receive a message on your screen after entering this command that says something along the lines of, “Player_Name is ready to begin synchronised playing”
  • Once you have all sync-ed up and are ready to begin, any of the fellowship members can then type /playstart

You will receive a message confirming that synchronized playing is about to begin and then it will begin!

Congratulations! You are now playing simultaneously with your fellowship members!

There are many files out there that have been especially adapted for these advanced features which single out certain parts of songs or tunes designed for specific instruments, search around and experiment some, above all, have fun!

 Possible errors

  • For example, if I wanted to play “Song1.abc” I would enter /music mode, then type /play Song1
  • You will then begin playback of the ABC file!
  • However, if you receive the error message that the file does not exist and/or cannot be played then one of two things may have happened.
Either your ABC file is incorrectly written or it is not in the Music folder inside your LOTRO directory/folder.
  • If the message says the file does not exist, then logout and check to be sure the file is in the Music folder and that you are spelling the name of the file correctly.
  • If the message says a specific line is incorrect, then the ABC file is written incorrectly, try another ABC file.

Index of Commands

  • /music – Enters music mode
  • /play Filename – Begins solo playback of an ABC file
  • /play Filename sync – Prepares player for synchronised playback of an ABC file
  • /playstart – Begins synchronous playback of an ABC file

Example Videos

My kinmates and I have had great fun with these systems! There are several videos on YouTube demonstrating the music systems.

Here are a few links to some created by me, Meriband Hamhill. Enjoy!

The above videos are all very basic, made soon after each area of the ABC system was implemented. If you search around you will find some very well done ones.

Here are a couple of my favorites:

LINKS

For more go to.....

[1] Lord of the Rings Online News, Trailers, Screenshots, Previews, Reviews, Guides
[2] Song Compilation
[3] Mechanics:ABC Notation
[4] Downloadable Music Directory
[5] Replacement for the Fat Lute interim or otherwise
[6] Songbook of Laurelin
[7] LOTRO Music

Now you've gotten the music bug... go to Weatherstock!

The music scene thrives on Landroval [EN-RP].

  • Ales and tales -- check the Calendar (if Turbine ever gets it fixed)