Tuesday, March 26, 2013

More on chanting psalms and Jewish roots

Today on Facebook someone shared the link for this interesting quote from an article by Fr. Fessio.

If this is true, that's one more good reason to try to learn some Gregorian chant.


  1. Wonderful stuff !!!
    Makes me want to bone up on my solfegio and sight-singing techniques, so I'm not always running to the piano or looking for my pitch pipe when I'm wanting to read chant notation.

  2. Sounds like you and I are in the same boat. I can sight read standard notation pretty well. Chant staff/notes throw me off badly. I'm probably too old to ever learn to transpose it as I go along. So yes, piano, pitch pipe, recorder, or even the air harp on my ipod. That's another reason I push Mundelein. You can go to their website (when it's fixed) and get the basic tones in standard notataion. I've photo copied that onto a card which I keep tucked in my breviary.

  3. After working with chant notation for some years, I have to say I think it's easier (or at least no harder) to sightsing chant notation. You don't have to deal with keys and key signatures, modulations, and some other things in chant notation. Just look at the clef to see where the half-step is (it's from the line where the clef is to the space just below that), sing from the clef down to the starting pitch, and off you go. Takes some practice, as always, but I find that this gets me into the groove of the tone or mode.