The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #169754   Message #4104326
Posted By: cnd
02-May-21 - 11:44 AM
Thread Name: 'Shenandoah' rhythm/meter
Subject: RE: 'Shenandoah' rhythm/meter
I think 6/8 makes decent sense as it preserves the 2-beats per measure while also allowing for 3-beat subdivisions. Here's a rough working interpretation of how it would go.

Oh,       SHEN an DOE--, I LOVE your DAUGH ter
(pickup) 1    3 4      6 1    3   4    6
A a WAY, you ROLL-ing RI-ver
1 3 4    6   1    3   4 6

I put this tune in MuseScore and it didn't sound awful but it is a bit jumpy. Here's how it sounds for anyone who has a hard time following that:

(Ignore the ungodly abomination that is the [lack of] key signature in that transcription, I was mostly focused on the tune)