Excerpt from The One Line Psalmist: Embracing Day and Beal's New Musical Notation and Sight-Singing Method, by Which Classes, Schools and Choirs, in a Few Lessons Become Better Readers of Music Than Common Singers Do the Old Way During Life; Also a Large Variety of Sacred Music, New and Old
IT is now just three years since the inventors and proprietors of this Sight Singing Method brought it to its present state of perfection; after very many experiments and improvements iti manuscript, on large diagrams, as published in the Vocal School, and in private lessons and exercises, during about. Fif teen years. Friends at that time. Induced them to publish the Numeral Har mony, and friends now, whose numbers have increased, have encouraged them to publish a still larger work. The ease and rapidity Withwhich persons of all ages can learn to read music at sight, and smg in all keys in this method, is wonderful, and entirely beyond the beliefof singers in the old method, until thev see a school in a few evenings made better readers of music than choir members. Who have been to school and sung in church or otherwise for twenty years. This remark is positively true - does not except more than one in tilty of all the singers in the country, and is abundantly sustained by teachers and leaders of chiiirs who have used the Numeral Harmony. All this, after all, is not more wonderful than travelling by steam sixty miles per hour, or than writing by lightning miles per second; but it is surprising that any who profess to be the friends and promoters of church music. Should oppose this method, probably because they had no hand in its invention or promulga tion; or, because its success must diminish the sales of music in the old nota tion. But they are the few - while the great mass of mankind is open to the convictions of common sense; especially, when the difference between two sys tems draws in the one case heavily on their time and pockets. And rewards them with disappointed hopes; while in the other, for the slightest demands, it rewards them with a most practical and satisfactory knowledge of music.
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