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!

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


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

Download family Thanksgiving prayer for guitar with tablature

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





The Adventures of Tonsta, Volume 1, is a book about a young boy travelling over mountains and fjords from village to village, encountering trolls and helping folk in distress.

The Adventures of Tonsta

A perfect read aloud storybook
for little boys or girls. 

The Adventures of Tonsta highlight the travels of a very young boy with a good heart, who goes about helping folk in trouble.  

With a red cap on his head and a sack of tools slung over his shoulder, Tonsta seems to meet people in distress wherever he goes.

Lots of trolls in this book.

Available at Amazon!





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Danielle:
What a lovely, generous site! Many thanks from a fellow singer and music teacher in New York State. Loved the inclusion of the video for "The Ash Grove," a song I just recommended to an adult voice student today. I was pleased to be able to send her the link to not only the sheet music, but a charming performance of the song as well.

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Carrie,Voice and Piano Teacher:
This site is FABULOUS. For all the reasons you explain on the site itself--this is exactly what piano teachers need! (I still need to go look at the vocal music). Wow. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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