Barbershop

Four-part harmony – barbershop style – is no longer a fad for old men in straw hats and mustaches. The art form is popular in the Nordic countries, with great international successes for both choruses and quartets. If you can sing harmony, you can learn how to sing barbershop.

Though most of our members, as of yet, are in Sweden, we have plans and ambitions to spread the joy of singing barbershop harmony to women in all parts of the Nordic countries. In this section you can find a chorus near you, learn about how to start a chorus, or listen and watch great barbershop singing. Here you can learn more about the barbershop art form, find arrangers and links to other barbershop organizations, and more. Enjoy!

 

The barbershop cone

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Barbershop harmonies have a different balance than the cylindrical SATB, in that our top voices sing with less weight and intensity than our lower voices. This is called the barbershop cone. This way of balancing the chords is necessary to produce the rich, ringing barbershop sound.

The image illustrates the balance in volume that is strived for in barbershop singing.