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GUEST,Mark Adapting songs for unaccompanied singing (28) RE: Adapting songs for unaccompanied singing 02 Sep 20

(sorry for the empty post - the mudcat interface catches me out from time to time)

"no tune is driven by harmony" - OK, perhaps I expressed myself poorly. Let's say "if the song is driven by the harmony" ...

my example was Chain Lightning by Steely Dan which has little in the way of a melody,
just a 2-bar ostinato figure built on 3 notes for the top-line.
However, it's still a song (and in my opinion a good one) because of the musical interest provided
by the subtly changing 3-voice harmony and the way the bass part recontextualises the triads.

I could imagine this being sung effectively by an a capella vocal group,
but a solo unaccompanied performance would probably not be satisfying.

However, you can have something with little in the way of melody which supports solo performance such as this
- in this case the rhythmic structure that makes it work, I think.

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