Try to harmonize this Gregorian chant melody in parallel 7th chords (in writing/and or playing). Since the melody is in the D Dorian mode (white keys only), the 3 lower voices will also move in white keys.
Notice how modal this exercise sounds. There will be plenty of parallel 5ths in the left hand but it's OK because this style permits these intervals which otherwise would be forbidden in tonal writing.
I have completed the first measure for you. If you want, you can change the mode and experiment with adding Bb or F# everywhere you find these notes. In fact, you can add strange combination of accidentals, such as F# and G#. This will create Lydian-Mixolydian mode from D (raised 4th and lowered 7th scale degrees).
Feel free to add some pedal points, too. Here is the PDF file for printing.
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Download paper manuals and pedals, print them out, cut the white spaces, tape the sheets together and you'll be ready to practice anywhere where is a desk and floor. Make sure you have a higher chair.