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A Brief Introduction to Voice Ranges (male and female) in Barbershop

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This blog posts excerpts content from the BHS Music Educator Guide and Songbook. It is intended to address the male and female changing voice, but has a broader application when considering mixed gendered barbershop singing.   From highest to lowest, the voice parts in barbershop are tenor, lead (melody), baritone, and bass. The following graphics indicate the common vocal ranges by gender ...
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A Brief Introduction to Accommodating Arrangements for Mixed Voices

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This blog posts excerpts content from the BHS Music Educator Guide and Songbook. It is intended to address accommodating arrangements of tags written for male and female changing voice, but has a broader application when considering mixed-gendered barbershop singing.   The coda of a song typically has a flourish of chord changes. These endings, called tags in jazz and barbershop, have becom...
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Secure your local music programs (with NAfME’s Ronny Lau)

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From the May/June issue of The Harmonizer, pages 12-13. Interview with Lorin May, Editor, The Harmonizer   Members frequently contact the Outreach department after having seen music pulled out of a specific school to which they have been connected, and they ask how the BHS can act on their behalf. Our conversations have turned to the local nature of most music education funding issues, and...
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Copyright fundamentals: Are you breaking copyright law?

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    As Barbershoppers, we have the best interests of all at heart -- quartets, chapters, and the barbershop composers and arrangers who make our music possible. When the complexities of copyright come into play, it's important to establish and maintain compliance with laws that are in place.  These legalities ensure that composers, songwriters, and arrangers are justly compensated for the f...
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Guest Blog: FLOATING OR SWIMMING? – Brody McDonald

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Floating or Swimming? Brody McDonald, via Choir Bites More articles from Choir Bites can be found on their Facebook page! I was recently working with my top choir about developing habits aimed at increasing technique and literacy, rather than “learning their songs.” You know, the “you can do better” speech. A student came to me after class and said, “You know, Mr. McDonald, it just hit me. I t...
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Vocal Health: Voice Production and Resonance

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This regular series will examine different facets of vocal health in which we hope to dispel myths and inaccuracies. Most importantly, our goal is to provide support for those who have experienced vocal concerns and provide constructive solutions for singers.   This article is designed to be an introduction to how the vocal sound is produced and resonated. It also serves to clarify sometime...
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A Grand Finale for the Saturday Show | Midwinter 2018

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    Three International champion choruses... a mass Youth Chorus of nearly 600 singers... a world class organist... and an acoustically stunning concert hall designed around a majestic pipe organ. When these elements are all in place, it’s not difficult to decide how to close the Saturday night show -- get ‘em ALL on stage! One of the many enticing reasons to hold the Midwinter Convention eve...
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Vocal Health: Intro to Healthy Singing

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This regular series will examine different facets of vocal health in which we hope to dispel myths and inaccuracies. Most importantly, our goal is to provide support for those who have experienced vocal concerns and provide constructive solutions for singers. Healthy Singing In order to establish a dialogue around the topic of vocal health, it is important to understand the components of healthy...
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So You Think You Know Barbershop?

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This regular series is intended for music educators and others interested in knowing more about this unique vocal style. Most importantly, our goal is to provide support for musicians and constructive solutions for singers. So you think you know barbershop? Admit it: the go-to image in your mind of barbershop music is four guys in striped vests and boater hats. From the Dapper Dans serenading Di...
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Building Musicians: Resources for Learning Musicianship

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This regular series will examine different facets of building musicians in which we hope to dispel myths and inaccuracies. Most importantly, our goal is to provide support for music teams and provide constructive solutions for singers. Personal Musicianship  Singers join our chapters for many reasons, but all share the love of singing barbershop chords. Some singers come to us with years of sing...
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