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|What is Barbershop Harmony?|
In simple terms, barbershop harmony is
vocal harmony produced by four parts: lead, tenor, baritone and bass. It is
different from any other kind of choral or group singing.
Lead is the melody and is sung in the range between A below middle C, and C above middle C.
Tenor is a harmony part sung consistently above the lead. Although tenor is the highest voice in barbershop harmony, it should not be confused with soprano of conventional singing groups. The tenor should have a light, sweet, pure tone that will compliment but not overpower the lead voice.
Typical barbershop songs
Barbershop Harmony Society "Polecats" — songs which all Barbershop Harmony Society members are encouraged to learn as a shared repertoire — all famous, traditional examples of the genre:
Baritone covers approximately the same range as lead. The baritone harmony notes cross the lead notes; sometimes sung below and sometimes above. Baritones must constantly adjust their balance to accommodate their position in the chord.
Bass singers should have a rich, mellow voice and be able to sing the E flat below middle C easily. Basses should not be confused with the alto of conventional groups. Many altos can sing the bass part, but others are much better suited to lead or baritone, depending on range and vocal quality.
There are also several other well-known songs in the genre. Some are considered standards, such as "" and " ", while others are well-known because notable quartets are associated with them. An example of the latter is "Come Fly with Me", which gained popularity through association with the 2005 international quartet champion, Realtime.
Examples of other songs popular in the barbershop genre are:
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We are a group of 25 men who love to sing Barbershop Harmony. We meet weekly to croon our tunes. You don't have to read music to sing with us, we'll teach you what you need to know. Come give us a try for a couple weeks! Once you try us - you'll want to join us...
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|OLDE TOWN HARMONY - GROVE CITY CHAPTER - BARBERSHOP HARMONY SOCIETY|
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