Central Coast News
Soundwaves - Barbershop Chorus
SOUNDWAVES CHORUS are holding their annual concert this Sunday 22nd October from 2-4 pm at The Parkview Room, Central Coast Leagues Club in Gosford. Tickets at $20 or $15 (concession & children)
What is Barbershop? It’s nothing to do with men’s hair, although it allegedly grew in popularity in barbershops at the turn of the 1900’s.
Barbershop is a style of arranging a four-part, a cappella harmony. The melody is usually sung by a lead with harmony above (by a tenor) and below (by a bass). The arranger harmonizes every melody note and creates more harmonic movement by adding secondary dominant chord progressions.
The fourth part of a quartet of chorus group is the baritone. The baritone part fills in the missing note of each chord. You rarely hear a baritone, their notes blend into the chord. When sung with all four parts blending their voices you end up with “ringing” chords.
A ”ringing” chord, such as the famous Barbershop 7th, is particularly pleasing to the ear because only the human voice can produce perfect frequency sounds. Instruments are always tuned or “tempered”, and while they still sound pleasing to the ear, its just not the same. A ringing chord produces an overtone and you can hear a fifth note that is created by the frequencies of the other four notes. Barbershoppers live for those magic chords.
Interested in becoming a member? Our chorus ranges from age 11 to over 85. Want the chorus to attend a singout at your school, retirement village or club?
Contact: John Aldersley
This article archived 16 Dec 2023
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