Shape Notes

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Shape Notes
... The idea behind shape notes is that the parts of a vocal work can be learned more quickly and easily if the music is printed in shapes that match up with the solf├Ęge ... For instance, in the four-shape tradition used in the Sacred Harp and elsewhere, the notes of a C major scale are notated and sung as follows A skilled singer experienced in a shape note tradition has ... When a song is first sung by a shape note group, they normally sing the syllables (reading them from the shapes) to solidify their command over the notes ...
List Of Shape-note Tunebooks
... Shape notes are a system of music notation designed to facilitate choral singing ... Shape notes of various kinds have been used for over two centuries in a variety of sacred choral music traditions practiced primarily in the Southern region of the United States ... "Shape-note singers used tune books rather than hymnals ...

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