Prayer for Thanksgiving:
For Health & Strength & Daily Bread

A prayer for Thanksgiving that can be sung around the dinner table - a pretty grace in the form of a round can be your family Thanksgiving prayer!  

Several keys for voice or other instrument, and at the bottom of the page, GUITAR TABLATURE.  All free!

Prayer for Thanksgiving - free sheet music round to sing!

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

As a THEORY exercise, I was able to make excellent use of this little prayer for Thanksgiving with my voice students a few weeks ago.  

Admittedly, what we did was quite basic, even "fudging" the tones a little bit... we moved away from the piano (a CRUTCH for many singers) and went to the white board, where we drew staffs and notes and stayed there to SING. 

First we drew the very first note of the song on our staffs, then we counted up to the next note, a couple of different ways.  

I sang, "Space, line, space, line, space, line, space, line." Eight words - that's an octave!

Then I counted by NUMBER. "One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight."  

I confess that I sang the notes as if they were a major scale  (Do, re, mi etc.) even though the notes AREN'T a major scale.  They're just... ALMOST... a major scale.  Close enough!

Having counted from one to eight, we sang together the first interval - "For HEALTH...  For HEALTH..."  a few times, then proceeded to "guess" our way through the rest of the phrase.  

That laid the groundwork for a discussion of the key signature, of the tonal center, of the difference between a C and a C# and F and F#  (we were singing in the key of G) and how one could TELL which it was.  

Counting aloud together was a part of this exercise.

As simple as this little activity was, it added incrementally to the confidence my voice students have in their ability to sightread and understand the music they are dealing with.

If you have a guitar player who wants to get into the act, all they need in the way of chords is the I & V chord of whatever key the song is being sung in.  

Key of A, the I & V are A & E (or E7, even better).  

Key of Bb, use the Bb & F (F7) chords.

Key of D, the I & V are D & A (A7).

Key of F, the I & V are F & C (C7).

Key of G, the I & V are G & D (D7).

Because the chord changes are just ONE BEAT (beat 4 of every measure), you can certainly get by without changing the chords, but it does add a nice punctuation.

For guitar tab readers, here is an arrangement in the key of D with the melody as tablature, with chord symbols:

Thanksgiving music with guitar tabs, free sheet music

A fancier version of this music is available as a PDF download (also free!) at www.marjensenmusic.com.




The links to the vocal round:



Download prayer for Thanksgiving "For Health and Strength" in A



Download "For Health and Strength" in the key of Bb



Download Thanksgiving music in the key of D



Download Thanksgiving song in the key of F (shown above)



Download family Thanksgiving prayer in the key of G



The link for the guitar tabs version:



Download family Thanksgiving prayer for guitar with tablature



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Hi, I'm Dana!  (Say that like "Anna".)  I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com, and a newer site, SingTheBibleStory.com.

Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and have added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.

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