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Featuring 70 traditional songs dating from the 17th-19th centuries. Several with additional sets of lyrics to offer a total of over 90 songs -- 30% more than in the previous edition. Each includes a brief introduction with the song's origins and historical anecdotes on the culture and the times during which it was popular. Most of the songs are from 17th- and 18th-century England, however, as explained in the text, they were brought to America by the early colonists and many were soon adapted as patriotic songs. In most cases, both the original lyrics and the patriotic adaptations are included in the book.
Most of the easy-to-play songs are arranged for medium voice. Guitar chords and a series of appendices on various period-appropriate instruments and playing styles are also included, as well as a complete bibliography. Most of the songs were selected with the novice musician in mind and feature simple melodies and easy chord changes.
The flexible coil binding allows the book to lay flat. This is a truly usable collection of delightful songs that is sure to appeal to a broad audience!
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A Modest Collection of Traditional
SONGS of the Colonial Period
by M. Richard Tully ISBN 1-893832-15-5
Full color cover, 8-1/2 x 11, 100 pp, appendices and complete bibliography
NOTE: Most of these songs were taken from original sources and are completely uncensored. A few selections are a bit bawdy and may not be suitable for young children.