shape note
noun Date: 1932 one of a system of seven notes showing the musical scale degree by the shape of the note head

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Shape note — Star in the East from the 1854 edition of Southern Harmony Shape notes are a music notation designed to facilitate congregational and community singing. The notation, introduced in 1801, became a popular teaching device in American singing… …   Wikipedia

  • shape-note — Estilo de canto a capella estadounidense que incorpora varios himnos folclóricos y usa una notación musical especial. La escala de siete notas usada por algunos cantantes se canta sin usar las sílabas do re mi fa sol la si, sino un sistema de… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • shape note — noun : one of a system of seven notes showing the musical scale degree by the shape of the note head called also buckwheat note, character note, patent note * * * a musical note in which the degree of the scale is indicated by the shape of the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • shape note — a musical note in which the degree of the scale is indicated by the shape of the note s head. Also called buckwheat note. [1930 35, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • shape note — noun a system of music notation designed to facilitate choral singing …   Wiktionary

  • shape-note hymnal — ▪ music also called  patent note hymnal,  or  buckwheat note hymnal,         American hymnal incorporating many folk hymns and utilizing a special musical notation. The seven note scale was sung not to the syllables do–re–mi–fa–sol–la–ti but to a …   Universalium

  • shape-note singing — U.S. a cappella singing style incorporating many folk hymns and utilizing a special musical notation. The seven note scale used by some singers is sung not to the syllables do re mi fa sol la ti but to a four syllable system brought to America by …   Universalium

  • Shape-Note Singing —    See Sacred Harp …   Historical dictionary of sacred music

  • List of shape-note tunebooks — Shape notes are a system of music notation designed to facilitate choral singing. Shape notes of various kinds have been used for over two centuries in a variety of sacred choral music traditions practiced primarily in the Southern region of the… …   Wikipedia

  • shape-notesinging — shape note singing (shāpʹnōt ) n. A traditional style of unaccompanied group singing using a sol fa notation in which the shape of the note indicates its pitch. Also called shape singing. * * * …   Universalium

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