Comments: Thanks for the very informative page about chanting the Psalter.
A note about Byzantine chant: properly done, it is not improvised. Byzantine chant actually has a great many rules about how texts are to be chanted, although they are complex, and in practice in most Byzantine churches in the west the chant is indeed improvised.
Byzantine chant does have a notation system though, and it's actually relatively easy to learn once you understand the Byzantine modal system. You can find a wealth of information and examples in both Western and Byzantine notation at the St. Anthony's Monastery website "The Divine Music Project".
Admin reply: Thanks for the correction. May I add your comments to the article?
Added: February 23, 2014
Submitted by Name: Leo From: Japan E-mail: Contact
Comments: Informative website. Thank you for the information.
I`m interested with japanese bible for ereader. Then, I saw your website. I have a sony prs-t2 and I like to put japanese bible in it. Where can I get it?
Thanks in advance.
Admin reply: I don't know anything about Sony devices but I'm sure a web search will turn up something. If your favorite version is the 新共同訳 then try this web site: http://www.bible.or.jp/main.html
If your favorite version is the 新改訳聖書then try this web site. http://www.wlpm.or.jp/seisyo/
Submitted by Name: EddieAroundTown From: Iowa E-mail: Contact
Comments: I enjoyed your work and really appreciate the suggestions you made for art supplies. I was curious if you have ever had a dry spell or a block from drawing and sketching? I grew up drawing everything and as I have become an adult it has started slipping away from me. I still have the urge to draw and I am frustrated with this situation. My motivation is now becoming a problem and I have heard of real artists having this issue. I was wondering if you had any advice besides "Keep drawing"? Thank you for reading this..
E.H. Rhodes Jr.
Admin reply: I see art motivation as a pendulum which keeps going back and forth. About a year ago I was hardly sketching at all because other activities demanded more attention but I knew the pendulum would swing back, and it has. It always does. Now once again sketching is a major activity in my life. So if you don't feel like sketching, then don't force yourself and don't feel guilty -- and don't throw away your art stuff. The pendulum will swing back eventually!
Added: January 17, 2014
Submitted by Name: Noemi From: Gunma ken E-mail: Contact
Comments: hi! i find interesting of your web site . i'll have read some of it.
Admin reply: Thanks for visiting my web site -- and again, for giving me a ride home last Wednesday!
Added: January 4, 2014
Submitted by Name: Henry Ortega From: from NYC currently in Okinawa E-mail: Contact
Comments: Hi Russ, I stumbled across your site in my search for information on Japanese pen brushes/ fountain * * *, and came away inspired, informed and in awe of your work. Thank you, thank you and thank you!
Admin reply: You are welcome. Thanks for the kind words, and thanks for visiting my site!
Added: November 13, 2013
Submitted by Name: Scott From: Oklahoma
Comments: Fantastic Page!
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Added: October 16, 2013
Submitted by Name: teresa From: spain E-mail: Contact
Comments: enhorabuena hermano. congratulations brother.god blessing u and ur family
Admin reply: Thank you. May God bless you, too!
Added: September 26, 2013
Submitted by Name: Else From: Homer Glen, IL, USA E-mail: Contact
Comments: Hi Russ! I just discovered your sketching book and love it. I followed a lot of your links and found out you are a Christian--I am too. Look forward to seeing your work and reading on your website some more. God bless you!
Admin reply: Sorry I took so long to reply (I had to find my password for this board!). Thanks for your message. May God bless you!
Comments: There is now a NKJV Gregorian Psalter available from amazon.com. It is called the Psalter and the canticles of the New King James Version.
Admin reply: This is big news! Thanks!
Added: June 28, 2013
Submitted by Name: Brian From: Arlington, VA E-mail: Contact
Comments: Hey Russell, had trouble submitting my response on your comment board, not sure it went through but trying again. Thanks for your response. I'm looking for a logo in that red ballpark script that says "TeamAddict" for a hobby sports website of mine, rather than buying merchandise with the logo. Would you consider doing this and e-mailing me the logo for a small fee? Thanks!