How To Write A Popular Song - online manual

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Somewhere in the world the moon is shin-lng, Shining on '.be fields and golden hills,
Also avoid using for singing a series of notes or tones which are so placed that the singer will be kept on the higher tones, such as the d's and e's and occasional f's. The untrained singer cannot produce a series of these tones with­out great strain, and finding this so, naturally takes little fancy to the song.
If the reader will sing over these two examples in good and bad treatments of the use of high notes, he will find at once how much easier it is to sing the lower melody. The same range is used, but in the lower example it will he noted that after each high note the melody takes the voice down­wards and immediately relieves the vocal strain. In the up­per example, the singer is subjected to a sustained strain which grows in tension as the melody progresses.
Glaring imitation of known melodies should never be
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