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MUSC 124L Diction Lab

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John Wesley

John Wesley's Instructions for Singing, 1761

  1. Learn these Tunes before you learn any others ....
  2. Sing them exactly as they are printed here without altering or mending them at all ...
  3. Sing ALL. See that you join with the congregation as frequently as you can ...
  4. Sing lustily and with a good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half dead, or half asleep; but lift up your voice with strength ...
  5. Sing modestly. Do not bawl, so as to be heard above or distinct from the rest of the congregation, that you may not destroy the harmony ...
  6. Sing in Time. Whatever time is sung, be sure to keep with it. Do not run before nor stay behind it ... and take care not to sing too slow...
  7. Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing Him more than yourself or any other creature.

 

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