Someone sent me a link to a brand-new app on the iTunes store ($3.99, in the US). Apparently it was created by the National Library of Wales, and it teaches how to sing the National Anthem, with a lot more features than most such apps/websites. The app’s description, with a link to the iTunes store at the bottom:
Do you want to learn to sing or pronounce the Welsh National Anthem?
You may even want to learn a harmony part: alto, tenor or bass. This brand new app, from the National Library of Wales and etoapps will help you. It will also give you an insight into the history of this wonderful and important song.
•Learn the correct pronunciation of the welsh words of Mae Hen Wlad fy Nhadau.
•The words can be practised/ imitated from appropriate slow speeds to the speed at which it is popularly sung.
•Practise in phrases or sentences. Start and stop points can be easily chosen and these sections can be repeated at the various speed until mastered.
•Learn to correctly sing the melody; you can choose Female Melody or Male Melody
•As a bonus individual harmony parts can be chosen and learnt: Alto, Tenor or Bass.
•Similar to learning the words the melody and each part can be practised in sections.
•Whilst learning your individual part you will have an instrumental accompaniment, your own part sung for you and eventually the other three parts for you to experience singing with others in harmony.
•Follow the music notation and words for each part which are shown on the screen with a real time Beat Counter appearing above the music. This will keep you in time as would a conductor. The words are also highlighted in their appropriate place.
•You don’t have to be able to read music to learn but you will have a better understanding of the music notation after singing with the App.
•The App also gives the history of the music, lyrics and composers, illustrating the wealth of the National Library of Wales’s collections.
This App will enable hundreds of thousands of Welsh men, women and children in Wales and those with Welsh roots throughout the world to sing Hen Wlad fy’n Nhadau with even more pride than they already do.