Was four part harmony really sung in barber shops?Daniel2020-01-08T09:34:43-05:00
Yes. In the 1800’s when life moved at a slower pace and the town men would gather at the main street barber shop to talk about the baseball game and socialize, they would often join in song in the four part harmony that we call barbershop harmony today. Amazing.
Do I have to be an accomplished singer to sing barbershop?Daniel2020-01-08T09:59:20-05:00
No, Barbershop music is written for the average voice. When you put a lead (melody), a baritone, a bass and a tenor voice together, the chords that are formed make a wonderful harmony that we call barbershop harmony.
What awaits me when I first attend a rehearsal?Daniel2020-01-08T09:33:17-05:00
An enthusiastic welcome, for sure. You’ll be initially placed in a section (tenors, leads, basses, baritones) comfortable to your voice range and given a guest book with current repertoire. If you are a tad shy and just wish to listen and simply observe for a while, that’s ok, too.
Do I have to read music to join The Dukes of Harmony chorus?Daniel2020-01-08T09:58:49-05:00