A barbershop quartet
is normally a group of four men who sing simple harmonies a capella
. Each person sings a different part. The highest is the Tenor
part. He sings so high you could easily mistake him as a girly girl. Next down, is the Lead
part. He sings the main melody of the song. Then Baritone
at the bottom. Perhaps the most famous of barbershop quartets would be the School Board Members in the play The Music Man
Many barbershop quartets are members of SPEBSQSA
or Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of BarberShop Quartet Singing in America
, the largest male singing organization in the world.
The female counter-organization is known as the Sweet Adelines
. Where in male barbershop singing, the Lead and Tenor sing an octave
lower than their part is writen, Sweet Adeline basses and baritones sing an octave
higher than what is writen.