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Intro to Barbershop: Five ways you can sing in a barbershop group

Inevitably, when you tell someone you’ve joined a barbershop group, you will be asked, “How many in your quartet?”  Surprisingly, the answer isn’t always simple. Most men join the Barbershop Harmony Society as chapter chorus singers. Right away, then, the answer is “More than four.” Many singers will remain primarily chorus singers their entire barbershop lives. But chorus singing is only a sli...
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Intro to Barbershop: Learning the language of Barbershop

Sort through the alphabet soup of barbershop acronyms and terms Heard in a chorus rehearsal: “Basses, we need a cleaner swipe going into the tag. Baritones, hold off on the tiddly until I bring you in.” What the heck? Every subculture, from sports to professions to hobbies, has its own dialect, the specialized lingo, terms, in-jokes and references that are unique to that world. Once you speak ...
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Intro to Barbershop: What is Barbershop?

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What is barbershop music, how is it arranged and sung? You’ve joined the Barbershop Harmony Society. You might have instead joined a church choir, a  symphonic chorus, or formed a small combo sing Central European  folk songs… but here you are in a barbershop group! What have you gotten yourself into? What kind of music will you be experiencing, how do you distinguish it from other vocal music, ...
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