The Psalmistry

Original Music for the 150 Psalms


Psalmistry Music Help Files

Psalmistry Music provides original lyrics, sheet music (including guitar chords), MP3, Midi and NWC (Noteworthy Composer) files for each of the Psalms (all 150 of them) for study, worship, praise and contemplation. The following is a brief guide as to the types of files and other resources.

1. Lyric pages can be printed and used as overheads. The drop down Menu provides additional music resources, including (1) PDF Sheet Music and Lead Sheets ( single melody line, lyrics and chords), and (2) Audio/Visual Files.

2. Sheet Music and Lead Sheets (including guitar chords) are provided in pdf format through the drop down Menu for each Psalm. Desktop Chrome, Edge and Firefox browers natively open pdf files. Mobile phones download the pdf files for purposes of viewing and printing.

3. MP3 files are provided as a simple sample for listening and feel. Unlike midi and NWC files, MP3 files sound essentially the same across all platforms and soundcards.

4. MP4 files (essentially audio/visual files) are accessible through the Dropdown Menu for each Psalm as well as by clicking on the small "home" window just above the lyrics.

5. PIP (Picture in Picture). Desktop Chrome, Edge and Firefox browsers support PIP (picture in picture) options (at least on PC's). Either click on the "Watch PIP" button or right click within the small window and select the "picture in picture" option. The separate window that appears can be sized and dragged to helpful locations to facilitate review and learning. (The PIP function is not available on mobile devices. However, clicking on the small window will still allow for audio/visual review in addition to Menu drop down options. The smaller window can also typiclly be expanded to full screen by clicking its expansion icon. Rotating to landscape view may also be helpful for phones having that option). The "player" can be reset to "zero" by refreshing the page (commonly the F5 key on most PC Desktops; the circular refresh symbol used by Mobile browsers).

5. Midi files are great working files. They are editable. The key can be changed. They can be imported and exported in music software programs (including sometimes embedded lyrics). The "sound" will vary depending on the user's soundcard and soundfonts. A person may need to enable "midi" files in their browser and/or their music players.

6. NWC files are generated by my notation/recording program of choice, Noteworthy Composer. NWC files may be played and printed via the browser or, as a downloaded file, by using the Noteworthy Composer Viewer. The Viewer highlights notes and words while the nwc file song is playing, and also allows pitch and speed control. It also plays midi files. Quick note: like Midi files, the sound of the music will differ depending upon the sound libraries used by the computer.

7. Music Theory [Courtesy of the U.S. Navy (that's right!)]. Basic Music I, Basic Music II (Types of Music and Terms), Theory (Harmony). All in PDF format.


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