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Barbershop Glossary

When your director is working with the chorus and he says things like: triplet, glottal stroke, migration, or decrescendo, do you know what he is saying? It’s important. If it weren’t he wouldn’t be saying it. We all spend such little time in front of our chorus directors and quartet coaches that every moment becomes extremely valuable. We owe it to ourselves, our fellow chorus members, directors and coaches and, above all, our listeners to optimize that experience the best way we know how.

This will provide the shortest possible path to an optimum performance. With a little work on our own time alone, away from the rest of the chorus, we can optimize that time even further! One easy way is to get to know and speak the same language.

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Barbershop Resonance… Feel the Good Vibrations!

The Essential Dictionary of Music defines ’resonance’ as ”The transfer of vibrations from one object to another.” Simply put, it’s the way sound gets from a singer’s mouth to a listener’s ear. Look over these key terms and points regarding resonance and take them into consideration when warming up and singing.

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Singing Manual, SNOBS

Under den här rubriken vill vi förmedla kunskap i ämnet Barbershop. Våra dirigenter har fullt upp med att vara dirigenter. Därför finns det plats för ytterligare information i ämnet.

Den källa som använts är en översättning som Gunnar Ericsson gjort av av en amerikansk manual som heter ”Quartet Coaching” och har utgivits av SPEBSQSA (numera BHS). Författaren heter Mac Huff – en amerikansk coach / arrangör som var mycket erkänd under 1970-80 – talet. Även om manualens innehåll är riktat till en blivande coach (tränare) är det vår uppfattning att varje Barbershoppare har stor nytta av innehållet, även om en del metoder eller benämningar kan uppfattas som ”gamla” idag. Det ger icke desto mindre en ökad förståelse för vad våra körledare försöker förmedla. Är Du en kvartettmedlem är värdet givet. Och vem vet – Du är kanske en blivande coach.

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Judging Categories

There are a lot of things that the judges look for during a performance. They fall under three basic categories: Music, Presentation, and Singing. A judge specializes in one of the three categories, but all of them cover Common Ground. Read below and learn more about what they are looking for. We hope it will help you to improve your performance!

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Barbershop Sight Singing Education

Do you wish that you could look at a page of music and be able to sing your part without help from an instrument or someone else? That’s what Sight Singing is all about.

Sight Singing is like traveling across a bridge from the notation to the sound. On one side is the notation – the page of music. On the other, the sound that you produce when singing and the bridge is the system that gets you across.

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The 11 Chords of Barbershop

In contestable Barbershop singing, only a particular set of chords are allowed, while other chords are against the rules. There are four voices, and with these, you can only form a limited number of chords. That means that you can’t make any changes to your contestable arrangements without being extremely aware of what the result will be. That also means that if you want to become a Barbershop arranger, you have to know a lot of harmony theory to be able to understand what you’re doing, and why.

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