First observe of how many Notes compass the Tune is. Next, the place of your first Note; and how many Notes above & below that: so as you may begin the Tune of your first Note as the rest may be sung in the compass of your and the peoples voices, without Squeaking above, or Grumbling below.


News and updates on Sacred Harp and other shapenote singing in and around New York and wherever I end up.

The header quotation, from which the blog’s name derives, comes from the Bay Psalm Book, originally printed in 1640, and explains how to pitch a song: not too high, not too low.

Contact my shapenote alter ego at denson1991 at gmail dot com.

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