Friday, September 23, 2011

sight singing practice in C major

Today's lesson gives you sight singing practice in C major with the melody and three harmony parts to the chorus of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah".   It is a very simple melody (msl l lsm m msl l lsm fmr dd)  with a very satisfying chord progression (Am F Am F C G C).  It has the steady ambling feel of a moderate duple meter with the lilt of the triplet underlying each beat.  To capture that 2 and 3 feel it is notated in compound meter.  I really like the way the beginning of each hallelujah alternates between the eighth quarter and quarter eighth patterns.  Look at yesterday's post for a link to Leonard Cohen singing the song.