Practice harmonizing the above hymn tune "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" in 4 parts this way:
1. Place the tune in the soprano and supply missing 2 middle parts
2. Use 3 note chords (tonic, subdominant, dominant etc. and their inversions)
3. Dominant seventh chord works well for the ending of the phrase.
4. End phrases in G major, C major, or A minor (page 2, line 2, measure 2)
5. Make sure you avoid parallel fifths and octaves by moving the upper 3 parts in opposite direction than the bass
Take a slow tempo, aim for detached articulate legato touch and 3 correct repetitions in a row. Here's the audio of right hand and left hand parts.
Post time and the number of repetitions to comments.
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