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Thread #44136   Message #648531
Posted By: Herga Kitty
12-Feb-02 - 06:02 PM
Thread Name: English Folk: Harmony Singing
Subject: RE: English Folk: Harmony Singing
It was the harmonies of the Young Tradition and Watersons in the mid 60s - and the encouragement to join in - that got me hooked on English folk music when I was first went to the Herga Folk Club. As the thread implies (and as Dave and Anni will tell you if you go to one of their harmony workshops) there are 2 approaches to harmony singing - one's intuitive, and the other's an arrangement by someone trained in composition and harmony. The former approach involves singing a note that isn't the melody and forming a view as to whether it's a harmony or just a discord. I'd been instinctively (and very quietly) harmonising with hymns in school assemblies when I fell into folk music, and since many hymn tunes were nicked from folk songs anyway it generally worked. Part singing and glees were definitely arranged, including music and word tricks, and go back several centuries.