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Simple Song - Step 1, Meter

1. Select your text and find the accents. Stronger emphasis will be metrically accented.

aThis line is writ-ten with ten syl-la-bles,

“line” “writ” and “syl” are all good contenders for strong metric placement. Anacruci can be identified in the text after the significant stresses are found. It is important to vary rhythms, however, to avoid a melody becoming stereotypically “sing songy” (short long, short long, short long, etc.)