Beer, Hymns and Making Room for the Unexpected

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  1. I remember seeing the event invite on facebook and it caught my eye, but I am not in Oregon….very cool!

  2. Recently attended a 4-5 song version of “Beer and Hymns” that was part of a church-sponsored Oktoberfest event. What “worked” was that a large part of the population loves to sing, and our culture doesn’t exactly encourage that. We got into it. Good men, feel free to belt ‘em out.

    What “didn’t” was the tendency of the guitar-playing song leader to play in keys that worked for his tenor voice. My understanding is that the most common voice types are baritone and mezzo-soprano, which is why hymn books typically feature songs arranged so the highest note is an E or E flat. Not a big deal, but there’s a lot of vocal real estate between an E and the G above it and not everybody knows how to sing harmonies that work (instead of the melody).

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