Sunday, November 10, 2013

Fasola resources

Here are some new or new-to-me online resources for shape note singers.

* Index of Fasola practice -- Roland Hutchinson of Montclair, NJ has put together a resource for teaching or practicing fasola. This handout "has a number of familiar tunes (many of them nursery or childrens songs), lots of rounds, and a biggish selection of exercises and drills (both old and new)." There are two PDF files: one with 4-shape notation, and another with round notes.
* Minutes of the songs sung from The Shenandoah Harmony -- A partial list of the songs that have been sung from The Shenandoah Harmony, plus minutes template helper for The Shenandoah Harmony, The Sacred Harp 1991 (Denson) Edition, and The Sacred Harp 2012 Cooper Edition.
* Online Repository for Minutes of Singings using The Sacred Harp, Revised Cooper Edition -- "How often a particular Cooper SH song has been led, as recorded in the submitted minutes, is displayed here..."
* Presenting Digitized Books on the Web -- In this article Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg links to several online tune books.
* The Sacred Harp 2012 Cooper Errata -- "As is nearly always the case with human endeavors, this 2012 edition is not error-free. A list of errors important to singers and users of the book can be found here...This is to make it easy for singers to quickly scan through the list and mark up their tunebooks so that we can all be singing these songs accurately."

* Sacred Harp and Related Shape Note Music: Resources -- Don't forget this old stand-by! Steven Sabol and Warren Steel keep it up to date.

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