shapenote music font: $50
Available for both Macintosh and Windows environments.
It is a font, installed like any other font, that must
be used in conjunction with a typesetting program, such
as Coda's Finale. It cannot be used on its own to
typeset music. It is sent via e-mail. Contact us if you
First published in December 1994 and now in its 3rd
edition, this collection is made up of songs with
sacred Christmas and Advent words from the mostly rural,
mostly non-denominational, mostly shapenote American
oblong tunebooks of the eighteenth through twentieth
centuries. This edition has 97 tunes (an increase of 9),
of which 30 are minor songs and one is mixolydian.
Ninety-two of the tunes are in four parts; five are in
three parts. Several more songs from British traditions
have been added to this edition. The book has a spiral
wire binding and heavy cardboard cover. ISBN
1-9 copies = $18 each; 10+ copies at once = $16 each
PDF version suitable for tablets = $10 see description
Books are mailed via USPS Book Rate or by International
Priority; PDF is sent via e-mail.
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An American Christmas
Harp is available in PDF for those who wish to
consult it from a tablet, such as the iPad. It is easy*
to sing from a tablet, especially in low-light
situations, and makes suitcases lighter (leave the book
behind) when travelling to shapenote singings.
Those who find tablets easier to hold than physical
books will also appreciate this format. It is quite
legible on the screen sizes of the Kindle HD Fire and
iPad Air (2013 model). Each copy sold in this format
will be personalized with the customer's name.
Instructions on how to load it onto your device, and
suggestions for which applications make it easy to
navigate during a singing will also be provided.
*There is a short list of songs that cannot be sung
from a tablet because they are two-page songs with
multiple verses printed as poetry on the 2nd page,
rather than with the music staves. One work-around is to
print out the extra verses onto a piece of paper &
hold it adjacent to the tablet while singing. List of
#26 Water Town
#56 New Bethlehem
#90 Star In The East
#130 Shepherds Arise
#132 Hark Shepherds Hark