Score for

A 4-part World in Harmony

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Study the tips below to help you develop the VIPs' barbershop style.

Singing Reminders Singing Reminders

Pete’s Rules

Rule A
Breathing


Breathe through your forehead – think through your stomach.

This mindset encourages you to use the abdominal muscles to breathe for singing rather than just breathing to live.

It also creates the sense of expectation in the audience.
Rule B
The Triangle of Volume


Whatever part you are singing, when you

move UP in pitch,
move DOWN in volume

Higher pitch notes have
more energy than lower ones
This method creates a more balanced sound.
Rule 1
Correct tongue position


When producing vowel sounds, the tip of the tongue should be placed on the lower gum ridge, the tip barely touching the base of the lower teeth.

This helps keep the throat open so the vocal chords can vibrate naturally through the resonators (mouth, throat and sinus cavities).
Rule 2.
Singing though the
neutral vowel "GO".

Find the neutral vowel shape by singing the word "GO", with the tongue in the correct position. Refinements to form each vowel sound are made by how much the tongue is arched in the mouth.
The following sounds should be sung through the "GO" shape:-
Vowel Sounds

WE
SIT
LATE
LET
HAT
HIGH
HEART
MOON
MUTE
FULL
LONG
GO
JOY
NOW
Mixed Vowels

SUN (As in sarn)
URGE
Rule 3
Sing inside the Mouth.

Maintain the Neutral "GO" shape,
even for the "EE" sound.
Imagine a goal post each side of

the “O – shaped” mouth.

The "EE" sound is made in the neutral position by raising the centre – line of the tongue. No grinning needed.
Rule 4
Singing in Line.


Stand tall, feet shoulder width apart, back arched, shoulders down, and head looking straight forwards.

Think of your wind pipe as straight, like a clarinet. This allows your voice maximum volume with least effort.
Rule 5
Finish Each Word.


The Barbershop Sound should be continuous, except when taking a breath, of course! So, give each vowel sound its full value before starting the next word or syllable.

Put the diphthong and/or consonant right at the end, or even use it to start the next word (this is called ellision).
Rule 6
Plosives.


The consonants that interrupt the sound.

B,P,D,T,G,J,K,Q,X.

Used by the lead line to define the words.

Can be softened or omitted by other parts so that The Barbershop Sound is continuous.
Rule 7
Reset


Re–position your body by flexing the knees and returning to the singing position.

Used especially at breath points, Reset draws audience attention and creates emphasis in the text.

It helps to make the audience watch as well as listen.
Rule 8

Brighten the LOW notes
Darken the HIGH notes


FRONT & BACK Vowels
Defined by the position of the tongue hump.
Both range from "Bright" to "Dark" in tonal quality.
Adjustment for each is different.
A few vowels, like URGE and SUN
lie in between Front and Back.
"FRONT" Vowels

WE
SIT
LATE
LET
HAT
HIGH
HEART
BRIGHT






DARK
"BACK" Vowels

MOON
MUTE
FULL
LONG
GO
JOY
NOW
BRIGHT






DARK
Vowel Modification.

This is the name for changing the vowel shape.

Changes are quite small and need
to be judged by ear to match the other parts.

The objective is to get each chord to lock

and RING!
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