Domingo 12 Ordinario B - Salmo 106 - Demos gracias al Señor por su bondades

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Salmo responsorial para Domingo 12 Ordinario - Ciclo B - Salmo 106 - Demos gracias al Señor por su bondades. Todos los versos del salmo están disponibles. / Responsorial psalm in Spanish for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B. Free download of sheet music at the following link. All the psalm verses are available.

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Comments

Sounds good to this unfamiliar ear

First off, I hit the play mp3 button and then when it "didn't work" I played the video. So I started out thinking this was some sort of round as both began playing but not in synch! Haha. As a non-Spanish speaker and relatively unfamiliar with liturgical music (take what I say for what it's worth)  I think this sounds good. It sticks in the mind which is wonderful as it writes the text onto hearts and souls and is carried by the hearer during their days. As guitar is probably the normal approach to this I won't bring that to too much attention but I loved the simplicity of the backing music and the well-placed backing vocals (along with perhaps some artificial double tracking - my ear can't usually tell the difference) as it seemed well-poised to represent the congregational response. For a self-declared sample, I think this is quite good. I loved how the video displayed the guitar chords along with the lyrics and also the views. Along with all that, the PDFs availability means that this will be easy for parishes to use. 

Your 'unfamiliar ear' is right on, except one thing...

Thanks for your in-depth comments. Truly appreciated. The original compositions are similar to the Michel Guimont arrangements of English psalms as found in the Revised Grail Psalms from Conception Abbey/The Grail. We sing the Guimont psalm tones most weekends at the Church of St. Mary in St. Paul. Minnesota. However, the Spanish salmo arrangements Tony and I create are a bit simpler than the Guimont arrangements. We try to avoid complex chords, like inversions and difficult "color chords". And most everything we do is in the key of D to make it easy to learn each week (using D, Bm, A or A7, G and Em). The key of D works very nicely with my natural baritone tessitura. What I DON'T like is the many songs published by GIA and OCP that are set in a high voice range. My wife doesn't like high notes, either! Keeping the melodies in the range of low B to high B allows for a descant voice to "freelance" an improvised harmony a third to a fifth higher. 

As far as the "real" or "live" acoustic guitar work, in this as well as in many other recordings I play an arpeggio pattern (panned left) and a strummed pattern (panned right). The bass guitar is usually a MIDI synth track created using the Guitarrón virtual instrument by Bolder Sounds. However, I do sometimes recoerd a live bass track. Much to my wife's confusion, I have three bass guitars in my basement recording studio that I rarely use.

One thing, though. There is no artificial double tracking for the voices. The five voices are all my own, from bass to falsetto. I will admit using Melodyne for pitch correction on some of the vox tracks. I suppose that can make the blend sound too perfect – as if it's processed. 

More salmos here: https://catholicliturgyinsong.org/salmos-responsoriales-y-aclamaciones/

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

Good information. You fooled

Good information. You fooled me with one voice doing all the tracks! Excellent. And about you using Melodyne on *some* of the tracks...I have the folks that help me Melodyne ALL my tracks - it would be unlistenable otherwise. So don't feel bad in the slightest. These technologies help us do more. 

Melodyne is my friend

I hear ya. Melodyne is a necessity for those of us who can't quite sing on pitch all the time. I've tried to improve for many years and sometimes come close. I am 68 years old now and thank God that my range and timbre have been preserved over the decades. I've always had an intermittent problem with glottis spasm when singing sustained notes above high D (w/o going into falsetto mode). That happens sometimes when singing something like "Lift High the Cross" at Mass or "How Great Thou Art" at the end of a funeral. I can continue to hit the lower notes but the high notes are unsingable. Ouch. Maybe I need to warm up more. Peppermint oil does not help. Helium maybe?

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com