Amhránaíocht ar an Sean Nós – Sean Nós Singing

The first obvious thing to notice abour Sean-nos singing is that it is unaccompanied and performed as a solo art. The singer tells the story in the song by combining many vocal techniques, especially through the use of ornamentation and variation, in linking the melody to the text. Sean-nós singers use different techniques to ornament the performance of a song, One syllable in a word can be sung to several notes and the notes can vary from verse to verse. Sometimes the notes to be ornamented can be adjacent to each other and at other times the gap between them is wide. The latter practice is confined mainly to Munster. Different notes can be stressed for a particular effect, or a note can be held over several beats.

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