10 TIPS FOR SINGING PLAINSONG PSALMS
  1. The cantor sings the first half of the first verse.

  2. The opening few notes are only sung by the cantor for the first verse.

  3. Chant the words, in speech rhythm, on the reciting tone (the thick black note).

  4. Change note at the line under the music ( / ).

  5. Sing one note per syllable after the bar line.

  6. The dash ( ` ) over the text corresponds to the dash under the chant.

  7. The bar line in the chant occurs at the halfway point in the text (the asterisk).

  8. If there are two dots over a word sing two notes for that word. If there is a note in parentheses it is only used if the number of syllables in the text requires it.

  9. If two notes are slurred (tied together) in the chant sing one syllable for two notes.

  10. A dash ( – ) before the bar line in the text indicates one should leave out the reciting tone and continue with the music after the bar line in the chant.

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