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leeneia Singing exercises for a beginner (20) RE: Singing exercises for a beginner 14 Jun 21

We're good, Sandman. I hope your cat gets better.
Here are some observations about Americans.

There was once a brief time when my church didn't have a musician, and I filled in by leading with my guitar. I found that people really sang happily if I transposed the key downward. From G to E was popular.

It didn't seem to bother the sopranos.

I was once in a recorder class with a teacher from the Netherlands, and she commented that Americans, in general, talk lower than Europeans. As an example she said, "Hello, how are you?" in English. Then she raised her pitch a noticeable amount and said it in Dutch. The difference was striking. (Of course there are exceptions. Some Americans have high voices.)

I figure that a lifetime of talking low has to affect the average American's ability to hit the D's and Eb's in hymns.

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