Barbershop Voice Parts CDs

Many a cappella singers have at some point harmonized in the style of this original American art form, which has grown to be a passion for more than 60,000 men and women around the globe. If you haven't heard any of these recordings, you've likely missed the evolution of the barbershop sound. As its best, today's barbershop is guaranteed to send shivers down the spine of even the most jaded a cappella fan.

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Each of these CDs features a complete choral production ("full mix") version of the song as performed by professional barbershop singers. Then, separate tracks are provided for each voice part; Tenor, Lead, Baritone and Bass

Each track 'highlights' a voice part of the group, for example: on the Tenor track, the Tenor part is 'predominant', with the rest of the group in the background. This helps the vocalist easily identify their part, allowing them to better follow their music, and to hear how their part fits into the song.


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These are the four barbershop voice parts with each part on a separate CD. You can buy them as a complete set of four or individually as below for your voice part. These CDs include all of the songs on the companian songbooks


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Sings in a falsetto or light head tone, harmonizing above the lead. Practical range is a written G above middle C (sounding as the G below middle C) to high G above the staff (sounding as a G above middle C), occasionally extending as high as Bb (or sometimes higher!) above the staff. This part is often sung by choral baritones or even basses with a well-developed falsetto or head voice, although choral Tenor I singers with good facility up high may occasionally sing barbershop tenor. Unchanged or cambiata voices (boys who have not yet completed puberty and who sing male alto parts in choir) should also choose this voice part.


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Similar in range to the Lead, Baritones must have a good ear, as they typically have parts which require a lot of voice crossing with the Leads and challenging intervalic leaps. Choral Tenor II and Bass I (Baritone) singers might choose to sing this voice part.


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Similar to its choral counterpart, the barbershop Bass provides the harmonic foundation of the ensemble. A barbershop Bass should have a low G (first line) at minimum, with a solid low F below the staff (or lower) preferred.


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As the name suggests, this part carries the melody most of the time. Practical range is a low Bb (written below middle C, sounds an octave lower) to a high F# on the fifth line (sounds as an F# above middle C), and occasionally higher. The Lead part is typically sung by choral Tenor I and Tenor II singers, or even Bass I/Baritone singers who are comfortable in their upper register.


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