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!
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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:
A fancier version of this music is available as a PDF download (also free!) at www.marjensenmusic.com.
The links to the vocal round:
The link for the guitar tabs version:
A pretty round with a reach of an octave, slow-moving notes, and easy intervals. The scale-wise movement makes this song easy for a beginner.
With lyrics from an older time, this is more difficult than many rounds, but compensatingly more beautiful, with more complex harmonies as well!
New lyrics for an old round by Haydn - well-suited to a mix of voices, a satisfying round
Lots of big interval jumps, even octaves, make this round fun and tricky.
Originally from Germany (Kaffee), this is great fun to sing! With new English lyrics that mention mochas, lattes, and "coffee black!"
Difficult! Quite difficult for beginners, this beautiful round works best with a bigger group of singers, or even instrumentalists, unless your singers are experienced with harmony
Pretty, and fairly easy, as it moves primarily in descending steps, this is a wonderful Thanksgiving song!
Haida is vigorous and fun - there are two spots that invite a clap, adding to the rhythmic feeling of this song. Along with "Coffee," this is a favorite, frequently requested!
This brisk but pretty round from England compares a deer to a rabbit, and a man to a woman!
An unbelievably pretty round, with lyrics that DO NOT do it justice! One of my students' perennial favorites.
The first round I use with beginning singers. Very singable!
Another brisk Hebrew round, lovely and minor.
A fun 2-part round from Australia, good for classroom singing
A very pretty little tune with nice major harmonies. A quick study!
Short, and very easy. This is a sweet melody with simple harmonies.
A song about peace, from Israel. Very lovely.
Viva la musica
A little different - there is a bit of dissonance to learn to sing through. A joyful melody!
A street-seller's cry from England.
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.
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!