The fault lies in the high pitch of many traditional hymn tunes. They were originally designed for places of worship possessing a trained four-part choir whose bass and alto lines needed to lie in vocal range and whose trebles could reach top Es and Fs with ease. I suggest that on emotionally charged family occasions, or indeed at any time when comfortable, unison singing is required, she should transpose the hymns down at least a tone. Both young and old will be mightily relieved. I suspect the regular Sunday congregation would be grateful, too.
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