Shape note singing lives on in L.A.
The Sacred Harp is one of those titles that music majors have filed away in their brains’ recesses, but probably never experience. Modern methods of teaching sightreading tend to rely on standard, mostly oval notation, and the art of shape note singing has been all but lost.
A local organization is working to make sure it doesn’t fade. This jovial community activity is currently available through events created by FaSoLa-Los Angeles, including a sing this Saturday morning, October 11, in Westchester. Designed for sharing and neighborliness, bring some lunch and borrow a book so you can dip into this long-standing tradition and give it a try. This is just one of quite a few formats available. For details, see the links below.
SHAPE NOTE MINI-REGIONAL SINGING
FROM THE SACRED HARP
1991 Denson Edition
7831 So. Sepulveda Blvd