Now with online tutorial teaching you sing them, from Pontifex University
Every psalm tone can be applied to all psalms – so if you know even one melody, you can sing the whole psalter
I am so pleased to offer you a full version of the Coverdale psalter pointed for singing – all 150 psalms in a beautiful translation and as sung by the Anglican Ordinariate congregations.
I am grateful to Steve Cavanaugh for all the hard work he has put in to format and edit this (he was helped by a few other friends and past student of mine at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts.
Download it here: Whole Coverdale psalter pointed pdf from the Psalm Tones page on this blog. If you want to know how to sing the psalms with the tones (also available from the psalm tones page), then those with a bit of experience will be able to work it out from the videos and free material available on the psalm tones page of this blog.
Online tutorial: For those who can’t work it out from this then I have created an online course at www.Pontifex.University. This cost $90 and is is designed not only to teach you how to sing it, but also to teach you how to teach others and to sing with others, so you can introduce into your family, social groups, parishes, schools. Furthermore it comes with 2o hours (2 units) of Continuing Education credit if you want to persuade your parish or school to help you with the cost.
So what’s so good about this?
First, because the text is pointed according to the natural emphases of speech (and not with any one psalm tone in mind) it means that if you can sing one psalm tone from the selection that I give you, then you can immediately sing the whole psalter. So, looking at the example of Psalm 1, above, the ‘points’ are the little marks above the the last two emphasized syllables in each clause in the text. This pointing does not change if you change the melody you sing. It is fixed by the pattern of speech not by the music you sing to it. So there is a selection of around 90 psalm tones available to you (again for free from the Psalm Tones page on this blog) and every one is designed to be sung to this pointing system. (Read More)