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Shape Note Books

The book names have been abbreviated throughout the site so that the populated Annual Singings table will be compact.

Useful resources for all things shape note can be found at http://home.olemiss.edu/~mudws/resource/


“Sacred Harp” refers to the “The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition” which can be purchased from originalsacredharp.com. It can be viewed online at sacredharpbremen.org/en/home/. An index can be found at fasola.org/indexes/1991/


“Cooper Book” refers to the “The Sacred Harp, Revised Cooper Edition, 2012” which can be purchased from sacredharpbook.com. A comparison tune index between the Denson and Cooper books can be found at resources.texasfasola.org/tunecomparisonindex.html.


“J.L. White Book” refers to “J. L. White’s Edition of The Sacred Harp,” a songbook published in Atlanta. There is limited availability of the 2007 reprint of this book used at singings. Contact the organizers of the Decatur GA singings from this book for more info. A digitized version of the 1909 5th Edition can be viewed through originalsacredharp.com/museum/jl-white-1909-sacred-harp/.


“Christian Harmony 2010” refers to the “The Christian Harmony, 2010 Edition” which can be purchased from thechristianharmony.com. It can be viewed online at sevenshapes.sacredharpbremen.org. An index of all Christian Harmony tunes can be found at christianharmonyindex.com


“Christian Harmony 1873/2015” refers to the The 2015 Folk Heritage Edition of the Christian Harmony which is a a facsimile reprint of the 1873 second edition. Often referred to as the “Carolina book,” or “Walker book,” it retains the content of the original 1873 edition and the unique 7-shape notation system devised by William Walker. It can be purchased from christianharmony1873.org


“Colored Sacred Harp” by Judge Jackson can be viewed online here. More info can be found on Facebook and at colordsacredharp.info


“Georgian Harmony” refers to The Georgian Harmony, 2010 which is a collection of hymns and fuging tunes written by Raymond C. Hamrick. It can be purchased by contacting John Hollingsworth at john [at] billnet.org. Some tracks with sheet music can be found at youtube.com/@georgianharmony


“Missouri Harmony” refers to “The Missouri Harmony, 2005 Edition” which can be purchased from mohistory.org or online retailers. Additional information can be found at stlfasola.org


“New Harp of Columbia” info can be found at oldharp.org


“Shenandoah Harmony” can be purchased from shenandoahharmony.com. There is also an eBook version. It can be viewed online at shenandoah.harmony.sacredharpbremen.org.


“Social Harp” can be purchased from ugapress.org or Amazon.


“Southern Harmony” refers to William Walker’s Southern Harmony, first published in 1835 and republished in 1993. It can be purchased from kentuckypress.com and online retailers.