What is barbershop?

Barbershop harmony is a style of a cappella music (without accompaniment or instruments) sung in four parts: lead, bass, baritone, and tenor. The lead is usually the melody line, the main melody of the song. The bass is the lowest harmony Rhapsody AACC endline. The tenor is the highest harmony part, sailing high above the lead's melody. The baritone dances above and below the lead's melody to round out the four-part chords. If barbershop singers sing the words in the same space (i.e., space in the mouth and throat) and with similar phonetics (singing the consonants and vowels alike), the chords will "lock and ring," the dream of all barbershoppers! For when the chord rings, a fifth pitch is created that soars high above the tenor part -- an overtone! Barbershop singers work tirelessly to master their singing skills so that they can produce overtones when they sing. For more information on barbershop basics, visit the Sweet Adelines International Education website.

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After World War II, barbershop singing was growing increasingly popular for men. In 1945, a small group of women wanted to participate in the chord-ringing, fun-filled harmony that the men were singing. So these women organized "Sweet Adelines in America." From its humble beginnings in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sweet Adelines International, as it is now called, has grown to a membership of almost 30,000 women in countries all across the globe.


November 18, 2018

Come visit us! Sweet Adelines International conducts two "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" Global Open Houses each year, and Piney Hills Harmony is issuing the invitation for you to visit us any Thursday at 6 p.m. during one of our rehearsals in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, 212 N. Bonner.  Click here for a wonderful testimontial video from the international office titled "Love to Sing?" For more information, use the "Contact Us" link above or call Carol at (318) 348-2291.  (Note:  Although we rarely cancel or change rehearsal nights, you might want to check just to make sure before planning to attend.)


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