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One other thing is that Sacred Harp music ignores the harmony rules of western music to some extent; for example, it has many parallel fifths and octaves. In some other places, it just has weird harmony that still seems to work. The effect is that you feel like you're singing "power chords", similar to the instrumentals in some heavy metal or rock.

The music is designed to be sung, not listened to. There are a few songs in the book (like 344 Rainbow or even more so 377 Eternal Praise) that can sound like a jumble of sound when listened to from the outside, but they feel so good when you're in the middle singing them.

There are also many singings in Europe, especially in England and Germany. In other countries it's often limited to just one, generally in the capital city.




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