In our Dayton Metro Library sessions, we will first perform a few songs to familiarize attendees to our musical style. Then we will distribute sheet music and teach a simple barbershop song. First, everyone will sing the melody (called the “lead” part). Everyone who feels most comfortable there (by range or comfort) will continue to sing lead. Other parts will be introduced one by one, and participants can try out each one for range and comfort, resulting eventually in having everyone singing one of the four parts. The “lead” usually sings the melody, as indicated above. The “bass” provides the lowest voice and anchors the chords. The “tenor” sings above the lead, and the “baritone” gets whatever note is needed to finish the chord. Time and interest permitting, we may teach a second song, form quartets with participants, or perform more of our repertoire.
Everyone attending will receive a coupon for discounted tickets to our upcoming show on October 24.
Barbershop singing is open to men and women, adults and children. Traditional barbershop quartets are composed of men, but “Sweet Adeline” quartets and choruses are available for women, and some quartets employ mixed voices.