This is a resource page for people who are interested in contributing
new songs to The Scarèd Harp.
It is currently very much under construction.
Contributing to The Scarèd Harp
Please send contributions or suggestions to
The Scarèd Harp is modelled after a hymnnal,
and emphasizes participation over performance.
Therefore, arrangements should in general be kept simple.
This is not the place for complicated or difficult arrangements.
All arrangements should be in four parts (SATB), though three part
arrangements (SAB or ATB) are also acceptable.
Texts should conform to the definition of "filk",
which includes songs in the folk genre which are popular among filkers.
Matching Texts to Tunes
Clearly, what is needed is a database of songs which is indexed by meter.
For hymn tunes, The Cyber Hymnal
is a good resource.
There is an on-line index to The Sacred Harp at
MIDI files can be found at
Would somebody like to start indexing filksongs by meter? Please?
Traditional Harmony & Counterpoint
The most comprehensive on-line reference I've found to date is Alan Belkin's
Principles of Counterpoint
Finale Style Sheet
|All Text ||Georgia
|Main Title ||30 pt bold
|Lyrics ||14 pt
|"melody in Tenor" ||14 pt italic
|credits ||10 pt
|chord names ||14 pt
|chord suffixes ||12 pt
- optimize & minimize page turns
- use 2 staves for SATB if there are minimal part crossings or rhythmic differences
- otherwise use 4 staves, with a 2-staff keyboard reduction
- ranges: use solid stemless noteheads, scaled to 50%; put in layer 4
- no more than 5 verses between staves
- scale page(s) to 75%, hold margins
- margins: 0.75" left & right, 0.5" top & bottom
- use dotted ties for notes which are tied for some verses but not for others
- use solid ties for notes which are always tied
- typically don't use repeat signs unless they are necessary
- don't abbreviate time signatures, e.g. with "C"
- make sure that the rhythms work equally well for each verse
- make sure that the number of beats in the first measure plus the number
- of beats in the last measure add up to one or two whole measures
- don't explicitly notate dynamics
- don't include chords unless the song is likely to be accompanied
- credits appear centered on the bottom of the last page; include the following:
meter, lyricist, name of tune, composer, arranger, version
|This page was last updated on 26 July 2003.