Group Singing
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Group Singing

Sing-along, also called community singing or group singing, is an event of singing together at gatherings or parties, less formally than choir singing. One can use a songbook. Common genres are folk songs, patriotic songs, hymns and drinking songs. Children across the world usually sing nursery rhymes together. Sing-along can be based on unison singing, or on singing in harmony (different parts).

Among animals

Group vocalizing is known from several animal species. For example, a lion pride and a pack of wolves are known to vocalize together (supposedly to defend their territory), although scholars do not characterize their vocalizations as "singing". Gibbons sing in family groups (couples sing together, sometimes with their offspring)

In human pre-history

Singing in groups is one of the universal features of human musical cultures, and group singing has been often suggested as the primary form of the early human musical activity.[1] It has been suggested that human group singing was primarily promoting the cohesiveness within human groups,[2] and was possibly used to defend human groups from predators and competitors [3]

Forms of group singing

In human societies group singing can be limited to certain sexes, ages, social groups. Group singing can be also different in the actual sound, for example, singing in unison or octaves, accompanied or a capella or singing in harmony (in different parts). Informal group singing can be accompanied by body movements, stomping, or clapping. Organized, regularly scheduled sing-along sessions are held in some cities, notably Seattle where most of them are known as "song circles". Many of these are organized by formal societies like the Seattle Folklore Society. Sometimes individual musicians will share their own songs with the group, but more often an individual will request a song that the whole group will sing together.

See also


  1. ^ Merker, Bjorn. 2000. "Synchronous chorusing and human origins." In The origins of music. Edited by Nils Wallin, Bjorn Merker and Steven Brown, pp. 315-328. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT.
  2. ^ John Blacking. 1973. How musical is Man? Seattle: University of Washington Press
  3. ^ Joseph Jordania. 2006. Who Asked the First Question? Origins of Human Choral Singing, Intelligence, Language and Speech. Logos

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