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Recorded Feedback

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Digital technology makes it easy to provide custom feedback to individual singers As seen in the March/April issue of The Harmonizer, page 28.  By Dr. Jay Butterfield, Musical Director, Parkside Harmony chorus, jvbbbs1@gmail.com   About 20 years ago, when I was director of the Chorus of The Brandywine in Wilmington, Del., we instituted an effective vocal feedback program—effective, but al...
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Breathe life into your singing

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As seen in the March/April 2017 issue of The Harmonizer, page 24. By Debra Lynn, debralynn.vocalcoaching@gmail.com Bel canto (Italian for “beautiful singing” ) was the standard of singing technique from 1800 to about 1840, and is primarily concerned with upper body engagement, creating a clear, concentrated, free, resonant tone without force of any kind. Many other singing techniques have come s...
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What does it mean to sing in tune?

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A quick lesson in physics teaches how to hear when you are totally locked in - By Jay Dougherty, Asst. Professor, Director of Choices and Choral Activities, Marietta College - jmdougherty@gmail.com Barbershoppers are ear singers. We sing and tune by ear, so why do so many of us often sing out of tune? Perhaps a more pertinent question would be, “What does in tune actually mean?” Are we singing i...
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Selecting Repertoire

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How to select songs and arrangements that resonate with both performers and audiences By Theo Hicks, Lead of 2015 champion Instant Classic - thicks@anderson.edu Choosing songs and arrangements can be the most challenging part of singing in an ensemble. Whether you are preparing for a show, contest, or community singout, repertoire selection is usually the first and most important thing discussed...
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How to match vowels

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By Gary Parker, Bass of Dealer's Choice, 1973 International Champion In 1973, Dealer’s Choice quartet not only won our international contest on its first attempt, but changed the sound of barbershop harmony forever. Their innovative “expanded sound” techniques create a stream of beautifully locked chords and a sonic richness that continues even through the consonants. Virtually all of today’s top...
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Vocal Care for Senior Singers

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Keep your voice in top shape by NOT treating it like you used to - By Jim DeBusman, retired BHS music staff - jdebusman@att.net Keeping yourself active through singing has the power to heal and stimulate your mind and body. There are so many of us out there today who have been helped with our bronchitis, asthma and other forms of breathing issues because we sing. Follow the below steps to mainta...
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Deke believes – what our newest Honorary Life Member has to say about our future

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Check out the May/June issue of The Harmonizer, now online at issuu.com.  Highlights: Deke Sharon, the godfather of contemporary a cappella, is our newest Honorary Lifetime Member. Learn why he's so bullish on the future of barbershop harmony. Instant Classic won gold with an incredible lock and ring and a deep connection with the audience. Learn how they accomplished both. One of our best ...
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Chanticleer members sing barbershop off-stage

Seen on Facebook: They're one of the world's most elite and most famous professional vocal groups, and they appreciate the power of a barbershop tag as much as we do. Check out four members of Chanticleer saying farewell with a tag ... and a fifth voice at the end that, in this case, was no overtone. Someone get these guys into a district contest. They've obviously got the pipes, and they even al...
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Going above and beyond at Harmony U

"I'll follow you anywhere you're going to take us" That's what Doug Robertson of Carstairs, Alberta, would like to tell Society CEO Marty Monson after he and other Society staff personally rolled out the red carpet way after bedtime at Harmony U. In Doug's own words: I just want to relate an experience to your readers that I had at the 2014 Harmony University in Nashville a few weeks ago. I am ...
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The First Ethic — is it first priority?

1. We shall do everything in our power to perpetuate the Society. All of us have a copy of the Society Code of Ethics on the back of our membership cards. How often do you read them? Are you clear on what they mean? I bring this up after talking to someone about relatively recent activities in his corner of the Society. I won't go into any details, but basically, some members were dissatisfied ...
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