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.

Brooklyn Shapenote Singing, March 11, 2018 — Notes

Singing from The Sacred Harp, Denson 1991 (SH) and Cooper 2012 (CB) Revisions, and from The Shenandoah Harmony (ShH).

We raised $55 and I delivered a quarterly donation to the church.

Present:  Paul, Ezra, Jaime, Sarah L., Mary Ellen, Mary Jane, Alice B., Stefani, Rebeka, Molly, Solon, Jon, Alice W., Ian L., Lynn, nbm

SH 47t PRIMROSE nbm
SH 31t NINETY-THIRD PSALM Paul
SH 29t FAIRFIELD Sarah
SH 127 GREEN FIELDS Ezra
SH 107 RUSSIA Rebeka
ShH 105 PETITION Stefani
ShH 147 RIVER OF JORDAN Mary Ellen
CB 457 ZION’S SHIP Jon
ShH 89t STEPHENS Molly
ShH 191 RICHMOND nbm
CB 465 TRUSTING Paul
ShH 420t O TURN YE Alice B
SH 48t DEVOTION Solon
ShH 354b MONTAGUE Ezra
SH 501 O’LEARY Jaime
SH 542 I’LL SEEK HIS BLESSINGS Sarah
ShH 408b SHEPHERDS ARISE Rebeka
CB 514 WILEY Stefani
ShH 260t CONFLICT Mary Ellen
CB 563 JESUS IS MINE Jon
CB 515 WHEN THE LORD SHALL COME FOR ME Mary Jane
CB 451 ROCK OF AGES Alice W.
SH 448b THE GRIEVED SOUL Ian

 

BREAK

Callback: SH 179 THE CHRISTIAN WARFARE nbm
CB 54t PALMETTO Stefani
CB 572 WE WILL SING W/THE ANGELS Paul
SH 178 AFRICA Lynn
ShH 15 CONVERSE Molly
SH 176t RAGAN Solon
ShH 374b EPIPHONEMA Jaime
CB 463 ANGEL BAND Ezra
ShH 22b PSALM 30 Sarah
ShH 264b MILLBROOK Rebeka
ShH 270 TENDER HEARTED CHRISTIAN Alice B
CB 500 SWEET BY & BY Mary Ellen
ShH 236t WANTAGE Jon
SH 80 SHOUTING SONG Mary Jane
SH 34b ST THOMAS Alice W.
ShH 326b GOOD OLD WAY Molly
ShH 114 YOUTHFUL BLESSINGS nbm
ShH 404t PARADISE Stefani
CB 442t BLOOMING YOUTH Paul
ShH 403b HICKS’ FAREWELL Ian
CB 308 PARTING FRIENDS Lynn
ShH 236b MAQUOKETA Jaime
ShH 258 LAMENTATION Ezra
Closer: CB 505 CLEANSING FOUNTAIN nbm

Total songs: 47
SH: 14
CB: 13
ShH: 20

 

 

 

 

 

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More squeaking.

The same person who sets the Tune, and guides the Congregation in Singing, commonly reads the Psalm, which is a Task so few are capable of performing well, that in Singing two or three Staves the Congregation falls from a cheerful Pitch to downright Grumbling, and then some to relieve themselves mount an Eighth above the rest, others perhaps a Fourth or Fifth, by which means the Singing appears to be rather a confused Noise, made up of Reading, Squeaking and Grumbling, than a decent and orderly part of God’s Worship.

— “Jeoffry Chanticleer” on the Common Way of psalm-singing, in the New England Courant, Boston [?], 1724.  Quoted in Gilbert Chase, America’s music: from the pilgrims to the present, p.25.


Pitiful cries

And as these and like fashions offend the senses: to grind the teethe, to whistle, to make pitiful cries, to rub sharp stones together, and to file upon Iron, [and] do much offend the ears and would be left in any case. Neither must we refrain those things alone, but we must also beware we do not sing, and specially alone, if we have an untuneable voice, which is a common fault with most men.

Il Galateo, Giovanni della Casa; English edition 1576.  Found here.