The History of Barbershop: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxSyIaHp9mY Dr. David Wright takes an in-depth look at the barbershop art form, its history, how it formed, and how it continues to evolve even today. Wright has been a mainstay every year at our Harmony University with his class History of Barbershop. His class combines many years of extensive research with his own experience with singing barbershop to craft a presentation that's both entertaining and enlightening.
Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS): barbershop.org Click here to access the Barbershop Harmony Society website.
Join The Tualatin Valley Chapter of the BHS: www.barbershop.org/files/documents/membership/MembershipApp.pdf To join the Barbershop Harmony Society, and the Tualatin Valley Chapter, click here to print the latest Membership Application. After you have completed the application, please give it to our Chapter Secretary. If you have any questions, the Secretary will be happy to help you.
Access Your Online BHS Account: members.barbershop.org/ To access and log into your online BHS account. You can update your personal information (for example your address or phone number). Once logged on, you can also renew your membership online.
If you change any personal information, please change it on the TVHM website also so the we have your current information. Choose the pull-down menu at the top right with your photo and name, then choose View My Profile. You can change your information there.
If you're a person who struggles to match a key signature to the name of a key, the app provides visual aids to make it as easy as matching what you see on your sheet music with the image on your screen. This app also gives you the ability to play almost any note on a piano keyboard (although some notes are too low or too high to be accurately played on a phone speaker).
The Standard Barbershop pitch pipe goes from F below middle C to F above middle C.. In the Pitch Perfect app, be sure to select the "F to E" pitch pipe. This is the same as the "Barbershop pitch pipe except it is missing the F above middle C.
Online 88 key "Piano" Keyboard: piano-player.info/ This is a full 88 key online piano keyboard played with your mouse. When you hover over a key it shows the key name and frequency (for example middle C is "C4 262 hz"). This makes it easy to plunk out a few notes and the key names match up with the key names in the pitch pipe apps listed above.
This keyboard does not allow you to play notes using the keys on your computer keyboard.
Online 60 Key "Piano" Keyboard: www.onlinepianist.com/virtual-piano This is an easy to use online 60 key keyboard that makes it easy to use the keys on your computer keyboard to play several notes so you can hear and practice the note intervals.
In music theory, an interval is the measure of the distance between two pitches. The smallest interval in Western music is a half step. There are several types of intervals, like perfect and non-perfect. Non-perfect intervals can be either major or minor.
What's My Note app - Apple Version: apps.apple.com/us/app/whats-my-note/id1049026606 An app for singers who don't read music well. Snap a photo or import JPG or PDF. Touch notes in the photo to hear the pitch. Whether you sing in a choir, or a barbershop quartet, or other vocal group, What's My Note lets you hear and learn the pitches in your sheet music.
A common way to recognize intervals is to associate them with reference songs that you know well. For example, the song Amazing grace begins with a perfect fourth. So when you hear an interval that sounds like the beginning of Amazing Grace, you can quickly conclude that it's a perfect fourth.
With one of the pitch pipe apps above, and a personal list of songs to help you get the interval right, you should be able to get your starting note correct every time.
Playing Piano Correctly - And Many Other Useful Tips: www.wristband.com/content/piano-wrist-arm-positioning-playing/ Playing the piano is an enjoyable activity that engages your brain, body, and emotions as you learn to express yourself through music. Piano playing requires development of psychomotor skills involving the hands, wrists, arms, and shoulders. Therefore, it is important to understand and apply proper technique as you learn and practice at the piano. Good instruction and many other tips can be found here.
Several years ago, a collection of 125 well-known Barbershop tags was compiled and published in booklet form. This booklet has become the de facto standard of Barbershop tag singing. All the tags are complete with four learning tracks (plus an "All Parts" mix) and sheet music. You can access the tags online or download and print the booklet.
Be sure to explore the rest of the Barbershop Tags website while you are there.
Evergreen District of the Barbershop Harmony Society: evgsings.org This is the website of the Evergreen District.