Have you ever wondered what barbershop singing is all about? Yes? Then read on….
Barbershop is a genre of A Cappella singing – we don’t use instruments – just our own voices. It consists of four parts, sung together in close harmony:
• lead, the vocal part which generally carries the tune
• bass, the part which provides the bass line to the melody
• tenor, the part which harmonizes above the lead
• baritone, the part that completes the chord
Barbershop started in the USA and was first sung by men, so we still use the names of the male voice parts.
It is a versatile style of singing with arrangements from modern pop, musical shows, sacred songs as well as traditional barbershop ballads and up-tunes – something for everyone and for all ages.