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Was it here at Eurotrib that someone posted the youtube explaining how all negro spirituals are based on a pentatonic scale - only the black notes on the piano?  I can't remember where I saw that.

by Maryb2004 on Sat May 17th, 2008 at 01:07:09 PM EST
I don't remember that video (but my memory...)...here's Aretha Franklin singing Amazing Grace--which is pentatonic (her singing starts at 1:19--video is ten minutes long!)

btw, I was told last week that in writing gospel music they use different shapes for the noteheads, so the part at the bottom in this picture...

...will be thinner or rounder (I haven't seen any music written this way so this is what I've heard)--to instruct the singers how to pronounce/attack/shape the sounds.

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Sat May 17th, 2008 at 03:00:43 PM EST
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