Barbershop vocal harmony , as codified during the barbershop revival era s—present , is a style of a cappella close harmony , or unaccompanied vocal music , characterized by consonant four-part chords for every melody note in a predominantly homophonic texture. Each of the four parts has its own role: generally, the lead sings the melody, the tenor harmonizes above the melody, the bass sings the lowest harmonizing notes, and the baritone completes the chord, usually below the lead. The melody is not usually sung by the tenor or baritone, except for an infrequent note or two to avoid awkward voice leading , in tags or codas , or when some appropriate embellishment can be created. One characteristic feature of barbershop harmony is the use of what is known as "snakes" and "swipes". This is when a chord is altered by a change in one or more non-melodic voices.
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Please see the Arrangers Page for details of arrangers "friendly to LABBS", and the find music page for other sources of barbershop arrangements that you can use to find the song perfect for your chorus or quartet. It's the Music that Brings Us Together is an original song and arrangement written by Clay Hine, and made available, for free, to all barbershoppers around the world! We are very happy to make it available to LABBS members for download from the usual Polecats page members' username and password required to access this page.
A mixed version is available as well as an all-female voicing. Resources for learning polecats are now available for members only on the Polecats page.
The current list of general polecats that we would encourage all clubs to be familiar with is as follows:. Please do NOT enter multiple guesses as this is likely to get you automatically banned from the entire website! If you don't know the access details, please ask your 1 council rep, 2 club email contact, 3 club secretary in the first instances, and only when you've run out of options should you email web labbs. Thank you. Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers
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