Ever wondered how players do that? Play a nice tune on their lute, harp or drums? LotRO has a music system that works with .abc-files. You can play alone or together, in a band. How the .abc files work, where to get them and how to play music? Read our Rangers' Guide to Music in LotRO.
(original post by Andarne, edited by Vingilotz on the Rangers' Forum)
So you want to be able to play a cool tune on your lute, harp, theorbo, drums?
Here is how it works:
You can play music manually if you are a real pro by the use the numbers 1-8 and CTRL or SHIFT to play notes. For most players, however, having preloaded songs is a must.
LotRO works with .abc music files. You can get them asking your fellow kinmates or just by googling for them. One of the sites where you can find .abc files is http://www.thefatlute.com. Just get yourself a decent .abc files collection.
Important: locate all .abc music files in a /music folder you have to create in your LOTRO (screenshots) folder (located in your Windows "my documents"-folder; so place them in [c]/: ... [user]/Documents/Lord of the Rings Online/Music).
To play music, you have to get yourself an instrument and a playing skill first. Every instrument needs a separate playing skill. Most classes will be able to buy 2 instrument skills when you reach a certain level at your class-trainer. The minstrel, however, is the one who can teach you to play new instruments, if he/she has high enough rep with certain factions. You can kindly ask our music expert Morielen to teach you a new instrument (4 day cooldown on that skill, however).
You can buy an instrument at every bard. There is a bard in the prancing pony for example, near the back hearth.
To play music:
- Mind that lute, in a real pub it would be pretty rude to just go stand at a table and start jamming away on your instrument of choice, it's no different here, ask if it's okay to play first and if it's not, retreat to a quiet corner if you wish to practice anyway.
- Continuing on from the previous tip, if you do use .abc's try to be somewhat thoughtful about what you play, The Beatles or Iron Maiden don't quite fit into the lore. Try to make sure that if you play music that it has a somewhat folk-ish feel to it.