Voice Range & Vocal Parts – We’ve got a place for you!
Click and Sing Along with each of the four sound links below. Match your singing voice to the voice part that is most comfortable for you to sing. If you can’t hit the very top or very bottom notes in the voice part you pick, but are still most comfortable in that part, don’t worry. After working with us each week doing vocal warm-ups, you’ll be sure to stretch your voice range, increase vocal flexibility and improve your breath support over time.
Click below on each image to find your barbershop voice part.
Characteristics of the barbershop vocal parts
If you love to sing along with the radio, your church choir or in the shower, you’ll probably be surprised to know that you’re able to sing in a barbershop harmony chorus. Many chorus members have little music or vocal training. Not everyone can read music. The one thing they have in common is a love for singing, a desire to learn and the ability to match a pitch. So why not give it a try?
Referred to as four-part harmony, barbershop is really three-part harmony against a melody line. It’s that melody in the second voice that makes barbershop singing unique. Characteristics of the voice parts are defined as follows:
- TENOR – Harmony singer; This is the sweet sound you hear high above the rest of the singers vocally placed in the soprano range with a pure bell-like quality. We cherish our true tenors and consider them the angels of the group – as well as the frosting on the cake!
- LEAD – Melody singer; Similar to a second soprano; Mid-voice range; Being the lyrical leader, this singer gets to interpret the flow of the song and adds expressive appeal to the music for the listening audience. If you love “singing out with feeling” then you’re probably a great lead waiting to be born!
- BARITONE – Harmony singer; Placed in the alto/second soprano range; She harmonizes all around the lead as she sings. If you’ve ever been told you have a great ear for harmony, then you’re probably up for what is considered the most challenging part in barbershop singing. Your part is the creamy filling that holds it all together!
- BASS – Harmony singer; The lowest voice part in the chorus. If you can reach a low “C” then you’ve got this part more than covered! You are considered the foundation of the chords and are extremely sought after in the women’s barbershop world!