Tune Book Resources

  • Comparison Charts - 2015 to 1987 Tune Book and Song Book
    These charts list the tunes and songs that were omitted from the 2015 editions and the tunes and songs that were added to the 2015 editions. An online version is still under development, but the following printable versions are available:
    Comparison Charts (MS Word)
    Comparison Charts (PDF)

  • Tune-to-Song Index (1987 Edition)
    In the Song Book, associated tunes for each song are listed at the beginning of the song’s entry. This index provides the inverse, listing the song(s) associated with each tune. (PDF Version)

  • Tune-to-Song Index (1953 Edition)
    This is the same as the Tune-to-Song Index above, except using the previous edition of the Song Book and Tune Book.

  • Metrical Index of Songs (1987 Edition)
    In the back of the Song Book, there is a metrical index of tunes. This is the same type of index, except that it lists the songs instead of the tunes. (Meter Explained)

  • Metrical Index of Songs (1953 Edition)
    This is the same as the Metrical Index of Songs above, except using the previous edition of the Song Book.

The Song Book of the Salvation Army is the official hymnal of the international organization. It is unique among church hymnals in that, except for a few songs included in the American Supplement, only the words to the songs are printed. The accompanying music is printed in a companion publication, the Tune Book, which is published in both a piano and a brass ensemble version (known as the Band Tune Book).

The curious arrangement of the Song Book and the Tune Book, which seems awkward at first, has some distinct advantages. First, the Song Book contains approximately 1,000 songs, far more than in most contemporary church hymnals, in a very compact form. The current American edition of the Song Book has only 350 pages. Second, printing only the words preserves the poetic form of the lyrics. Many hymns contain powerful truths in their poetry, and printing the words in poetic form makes this easier to understand. Many Salvationists use the Song Book as a devotional resource, which is facilitated by the absence of the music. Last, it is cherished tradition in the Army that it is not necessary to use the same tune with the same words all the time, but that this can be varied.

The Song Book and Tune Book contain several useful indices, including a Metrical Index of Tunes, that can be used to search and match tunes with lyrics. However, from the perspective of a bandmaster, there are some additional indices that would be useful. These have been compiled in this section of The Brass Crest.

A Note on Copyright: The Song Book and Tune Book are copyrighted works, and contain songs and tunes that are included by permission of their copyright owners. To use the indices contained in this section of the Brass Crest, you will need a full copy of the Song Book and Tune Book. The compiler of the indices themselves grants a non-exclusive license to anyone to download, print, and redistribute the indices, providing that the disclaimers and other notices are included with any such printing or redistribution. These documents represent many hours of work, please don’t copy them without proper attribution.