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1 Presented at the Newton church of Christ 2008 Lesson One

2 The Aiken seven note system is actually used by several publishing companies in their hymnals and is in use by thousands of congregations around the United States for their main song book.

3 Concerning Shape Notes: Very few denominations still use share notes but there are some, especially the Churches of Christ (non-instrumental) and some Baptist. Since these groups sing a cappella (without instrumental accompaniment), they see the need for helps like shape notes. Members of the churches of Christ operate several summer singing schools in the South that stress shape notes, in both sight singing and even writing harmony.

4 Why Shape Notes? In the Western World, we have all grown up listening to music based on the Major Diatonic Scale. If you can sing at all, you can sing this scale. The tones of this scale and the syllables we use for the names of those tones have forever been immortalized in "DO-RE-MI" by Rogers and Hammerstein in The Sound of Music. Just as that song was used to teach the children to sing, those same syllables are still used today to teach people to sight read music.

5 General Information: Shape notes (and here there is a distinction between Sacred Harp) use a different note head shape for each of the tones of the scale. With the Major Diatonic Scale, all the pitches are a whole step apart except for those between the 3rd and 4th tones (Mi and Fa) and between the 7th and 8th tones (Ti and Do) which are 1/2 step apart. When the key of a song changes, some of the pitch relationships between the absolute pitches (A, B, C, D, E, F and G) change. Even though the keytone (the beginning tone of the diatonic scale) moves to another absolute pitch, the relationship between the tones of the scale do not change.

6 Recognizing the Shapes:

7 The Chromatic Scale of a Pitch Pipe: SCALE The scale is the basis for all music. It consists of a family of seven tones, with the first tone or key-tone being repeated an octave higher. There are different scales for different keys. In the scale there are five full steps and two half-steps. However, between tones 3-4 and 7- 8 there is only a half-step.

8 The Chromatic Scale of a Pitch Pipe: The Range: The range of this pitch pipe is from C below the treble staff to the C found on the third space of the treble staff. The Do position is given in twelve different keys. All the keys are found in our songbook.

9 Recognizing the Shapes in the Chromatic Scale:

10 1. A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, A wonderful Savior to me; He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock, Where rivers of pleasure I see. Words by: Fanny J. Crosby / Music by: William J. Kirkpatrick © 2001 The Paperless Hymnal™ Exercise # 1 So FaMi ReDoLa So

11 © 2001 The Paperless Hymnal™

12 He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock That shadows a dry, thirsty land; He hideth my life in the depths of His love, And covers me there with His hand, And covers me there with His hand. © 2001 The Paperless Hymnal™



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