So You Want To Sing Barbershop: A Guide For Performers by Diane M. ClarkSo You Want To Sing Barbershop: A Guide For Performers by Diane M. Clark

So You Want To Sing Barbershop: A Guide For Performers

byDiane M. Clark, Billy J. Biffle

Paperback | July 25, 2017

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In So You Want to Sing Barbershop, veteran barbershoppers Billy J. Biffle of the Barbershop Harmony Society and Diane M. Clark of Sweet Adelines International provide a practical handbook for singers at all levels who want to learn about the American art form known as barbershop singing. Clark and Biffle explore the history of the style, survey the international organizational structure of the twenty-first century barbershop world, and outline techniques to develop the necessary vocal skills for the style. Guest authors Scott McCoy and Wendy LeBorgne provide valuable information on vocal anatomy and vocal health.The So You Want to Sing series is produced in partnership with the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Like all books in the series, So You Want to Sing Barbershop features online supplemental material on the NATS website. Please visit to access style-specific exercises, audio and video files, and additional resources.
Diane M. Clark is associate professor emerita of music at Rhodes College. She has been a member of Sweet Adelines International since 1992 and is active as a chorus and quartet coach and music arranger. Billy J. Biffle has been a member of the Albuquerque chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society since 1975 and is a certified maste...
Title:So You Want To Sing Barbershop: A Guide For PerformersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9.02 × 5.88 × 0.72 inPublished:July 25, 2017Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442266007

ISBN - 13:9781442266001

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Table of Contents

Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction: Who Sings Barbershop? CHAPTER 1: The Barbershop Family Tree: A Brief History of Barbershop CHAPTER 2: Singing Barbershop and Voice Science (Scott McCoy)CHAPTER 3: Vocal Health and the Barbershop Singer (Wendy LeBorgne)CHAPTER 4: The Barbershop Style: "Let's Bust a Chord" CHAPTER 5: Barbershop Singing Technique: From Shower to Spotlight CHAPTER 6: Barbershop Ensembles: You Can't Do It Alone! CHAPTER 7: Standards for Barbershop Singing: Here Comes the Judge CHAPTER 8: Becoming a Better Barbershopper: Education in the Craft CHAPTER 9: The Barbershop Culture: Hobby or Lifestyle? Conclusion: Keeping the Song AliveAppendix A: How to Speak Barbershop: Terms Used in the Barbershop World Appendix B: How to Locate a Barbershop Chorus/Chapter: Navigating the WebsitesAppendix C: Books, Videos, and Other Resources IndexAbout the Authors

Editorial Reviews

I believe this book is a wonderful source of information for anyone interested in learning more about barbershop, as well as those who already have years of experience. It provides an excellent guide to the history of barbershop, as well as clear explanations of just what the barbershop style is. I found the chapters on Singing and Voice Science, and Vocal Health to be very clear, interesting, and educational. Many of the chapters provide information on singing and performance techniques, as well as specific exercises to practice the skills. The glossary of terms is user friendly and thorough. Information about each of the three major barbershop organizations is included. There is an explanation of the judging programs and competition cycles for Sweet Adelines, Harmony Inc., and the Barbershop Harmony Society. I am so impressed with this book that I will ask my chorus to purchase several copies to help all of us, but especially incoming members, understand the wonderful world of singing in the barbershop style.