Announcing the Trop of Eikhah and Ester Through BandCamp

I know that it can be difficult to find the time to get tapes or CDs made in order to learn to chant the trop of the different books we read in shul throughout the year, and it can also be difficult to find people in different communities who can tutor others in learning the trop of the different books we read throughout the year.

In light of this, I am hoping eventually to provide free online resources for learning Askhenazic trop for throughout the year. For the meantime, you can now learn to chant Eikhah and Ester online for free.

I have now made available some free mp3 audio recordings and sheet music to assist anyone who would like to learn to chant Eikhah (the Book of Lamentations), which we’ll be reading on Tish’ah Be’av (this year: July 19-20). To download them all for free now, do the following:

1. Go to http://jonahrankliturgy.bandcamp.com/album/chanting-eikhah-version-10-10
2. Beneath where it says “Digital album” in big black letters, click on “Buy album” in big blue letters.
3. You will be asked to enter a price and credit card information. If you don’t want to pay anything, so type in “0.”
4. Click the Green button where it says “Download.”
5. You have absolutely everything now… for free!

In addition I have posted mp3 audio recordings, sheet music, and some additional pages of text to assist anyone who would like to learn to chant Megillat Ester for Purim (a little further down the road). To download them all for free now, do the following:

1. Go to http://jonahrankliturgy.bandcamp.com/album/chanting-ester-version-10-10
2. Beneath where it says “Digital album” in big black letters, click on “Buy album” in big blue letters.
3. You will be asked to enter a price and credit card information. If you don’t want to pay anything, there’s no reason you should! Type in “0.”
4. Click the Green button where it says “Download.”
5. You have absolutely everything now… for free!

Because I know that it can be difficult to come by or to create these resources, I would like to make two requests to all readers:

1) If you see or hear anything that you would like corrected, clarified, or in some way modified from any of the above resources, please do not hesitate to write to me regarding any such thoughts. I can be reached very easily at jonah dot rank at g mail dot com . (You might notice that both of these resources are labeled “Version 1.0.” I realize that there may be errors or things that are unclear, and I hope to correct and to clarify all of these items.)

2) If you know of people who want free resources for learning or teaching either Eikhah or Ester, please do direct them to these resources I am providing–not for my sake, but for their sake. I have created these resources because I hope that they will be useful for people other than myself.

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