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Taconicus 'Singing 'Shenandoah' for Brits (55* d) 'Singing 'Shenandoah' for Brits 21 Oct 16


To all those British (English/Scottish/Irish) folk singers out there who like to perform the American folk song "Shenandoah": Please don't pronounce it as four syllables with an "UH" at the end. That sounds horrid. (I'm not sure if this is analogous in awfulness, but would you pronounce Edinburgh ed-in-bu-ROW?)

Try to pronounce "Shenandoah" as a three syllable word, with "oah" a single syllable diphthong. Aside from that, I can't really describe how it should sound. In fact, the best bet if you're not born to it is to just sing shen-en-DOH that's how American choruses sing it anyway. The final syllable DOH will blend into the next word ("I") and it will sound fine.


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