Below are some familiar tunes you may know, or can learn easily.
All of the 150 psalms in the The Scottish Metrical Psalter PDF Buy are Common Meter. Common Meter is the most common meter for familiar tunes. If you know just one Common Meter tune, such as Amazing Grace, you can sing all 150 psalms.
About a dozen or so of the psalms have also been set to other meters as well. The first version of the psalm is notated by (i) and the second version of the psalm is notated by (ii).
All 150 Psalms – Common Meter
Psalms 25(i), 45(ii), 50(i), 67(i), 70(i) – Short Meter
Psalms 6(i), 100(i), 102(ii), 145(ii) – Long Meter
Psalm 136(i) – 220.127.116.11. Doubled
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For those who desire to advance in the singing of praise to God, or who are musically inclined, be sure to purchase The Scottish Psalmody Buy which has all the musical notation in it.
A good tune complements the words of the psalm. Joyful tunes accentuate joyful psalms. Sorrowful tunes express well psalms of lament. Contemplative tunes assist the singing of meditative psalms. You will find many rich and heart-gripping tunes in this psalter that will stir your soul up to greater devotion to the God who gave the psalms to us.
Most of the 192 tunes this psalter contains (with suggested tunes for each psalm), are the historic tunes that these psalms have been sung to throughout history: from the time of Calvin’s Geneva, to the Huguenots of France, to the Covenanters on the battlefields of Scotland, through the 1800′s in the Free Church of Scotland.
For assistance in learning these precious tunes, that you will learn to love with familiarity, see this easy-to-use website. Two or three suggested tunes from The Scottish Psalmody are linked with audio files for each psalm. Many of the tunes can also be found on this Youtube channel.
If you have trouble acquiring enough copies of The Scottish Psalmody for your family (or twenty copies for when all your friends come over; 200 for your whole church?), contact the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) who may be able to help.