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The notion of men singing together as a group is thought to originate in the Coffee Shops of 17th century England. It was much later, towards the end of the 19th century, that actual barbershop singing started in America, as guys waited to get their hair cut. An individual would sing the melody and others harmonised around this. This form of our hobby continued, even in competition until the 1930's, when written music in parts, was introduced. Informal harmonising, otherwise known as "woodshedding" is still practised today and has its own Association.

Barbershop harmony is developed by the combining of four diverse voice parts. This starts with the lowest (BASS) progressing upwards to the BARITONE then the LEAD (the only part to invariably sing the melody or tune) and topped off with the highest part, the barbershop TENOR.

The harmonics created by singing chords in this way creates "expanded sound", where "extra" sounds (overtones) are formed as a welcome by-product.

Both singers and audience enjoy the pleasing, mellow sound produced, so much so, that it is difficult to get any barbershop singer to stop singing! We'll sing for anyone, anywhere.

The Granite City Chorus is a singing organisation specialising in producing close harmony vocal music in the Barbershop style in both chorus and quartet settings. We sing barbershop for fun, entertainment, personal development and competitive opportunities and are committed to continual improvement in the quality and variety of our singing performances

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BABS 44th Annual Convention,2018-05-25

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