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Sound Thinking: Sight Singing Vol. 2



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Sound Thinking: Sight Singing Vol. 2
By Micheal Houlahan and Philip Tacka
156 pages

The musical examples are drawn from folk songs and art music encompassing a wide range of historical eras. The examples can be used for developing such skills as sight-reading, dictation, musical memory, rhythmic reading, formal analysis, part singing and improvisation.


The musical material in this collection is arranged in a sequential manner. The examples begin with patterns based on the minor third and progress through pentatonic, diatonic, and modal scales modulation and chromaticism. Volume 1 covers materials through the extended pentatonic scale. Volume 2 begins with more complex pentatonic materials and progresses through modal and diatonic music.


Rhythmic elements are presented in a similarly structured fashion, beginning with simple groupings of eighth and quarter notes and progressing through compound meter and patterns including sixteenth notes and syncopation. Each rhythmic element is practiced separately before being integrated with melodic elements.


All staff placements in Volume 1 are in treble clef. Volume 2 uses bass clef a couple times.




Pitch: More Complex Pentatonic Melodies

Pitch: Stick Notation do’ – so - fa - mi - re - do - la, - so,

   do’ – la – so – fa – mi – re – do – la, - so,

Pitch: Staff Notation do’ – so – fa – mi – re – do – la, - so,

   do’ – la – so – fa – mi – re – do – la, - so,

Pitch: Stick Notation Diatonic Scale  do’ – ti – la – so – fa – mi – re – do – ti, - la, - so,

Pitch: Staff Notation Diatonic Scale  do’ – ti – la – so – fa – mi – re – do – ti, - la, - so,

Pitch: re Pentatonic Scale  re – mi – so – la – do’ – re’

Pitch: Dorian Mode  re – mi – fa – so – la – ti – do’ – re’

    la, - ti, - do – re – mi – fi – so – la

Pitch: so Pentatonic Scale  so, - la, - do – re – mi – so

Pitch: Mixolydian Mode  so, - la, - ti, - do – re – mi – fa – so

   do – re – mi – fa – so – la – ta – do’

Pitch: la Pentatonic Scale  la, - do – re – mi – so – la

Pitch: Aeolian Mode  la, - ti, - do – re – mi – fa – so – la

Pitch: Natural Minor Scale, Harmonic Minor Scale, Melodic Minor Scale

Pitch: Musical Examples Using Altered Tones

Harmony: Musical Examples Using Tonic and Dominant Triads

Harmony: Musical Examples Using Tonic, Dominant and Subdominant Triads

Rounds and Canons

Modulating Melodies: Musical Examples That Modulate to Closely Related Keys

Early Music: Musical Examples in Renaissance Style to Sing and Play

Classical Repertoire: Selected Musical Examples That May Be Sung and Incorporated into Listening Lessons


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