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    Barbershop Quartet Auditions, December 2018
     
    Audition Process:
    1) Sign up using this link.  Be sure to check the dates indicated for your availablility.
     
    2) Learn two parts of two different barbershop tags found in the link below.  Paper copies of the tags will also be available in the chorus room.  There are three tags to choose from.  You will learn two parts from two of them.  Stated another way: you are learning 4 different things.  Here's an example:  Learn the Tenor and Lead part of 'I Love to Sing 'Em' and the the Lead and Baritone part of 'Back in My Hometown'.
     
    3) As you are looking at the music linked below, please understand that in barbershop music the parts are named differently than in normal choral music.  Instead of Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, the four parts are Tenor (the highest), Lead (the melody), Baritone (the 'fun' part with leftover notes that the other parts don't cover), and Bass (the lowest).  For the audition songs, find 2 parts in 2 songs that fit your voice best.  For girls, the lead and tenor are the most likely suited for your voices, though perhaps some can sing the baritone parts.  For boys, some will be able to sing as low as the bass, and some will be able to sing as high as tenor.  Many will be able to sing lead and baritone.  Listen to the tracks and figure out which suits your voice.  You must sing in the same range as the recording (not an octave higher or lower!)
     
    4) Come to Auditions Monday, December 17th after school, until 4pm.  I will work out a sharing schedule with those who have Cinderella Rehearsal that day.  In addition to singing the parts you prepared, I will teach one more tag that day and I may have you sing up and down to double check your voice range.
     
    Link (Office 365) to Audition tags HERE.  You'll find the sheet music for each tag, complete recordings of each, and learning tracks for each part.  See below for advice on using learning tracks.
     
    Learning Tracks 
    For learning tracks for some songs, your part may be panned to the left or right channel.  If so, that means you can use headphones or a stereo with a left/right pan control to control how much of your part and how much of the other parts you hear.  Not all tracks are recorded this way - try a pair of headphones to find out.  Try listening with one ear at a time to see if the mix is different for each side.  
      
     Please try this method for learning your part:
     

    1. Listen to the part-predominant track of the song while looking at the notes on the sheet music.   DO NOT SING, and don't hum. Just watch the notes and listen. Don't look at the words, just the notes. Do this three times all the way through from start to finish.

     

    2. Now listen another three times, this time singing the notes only on "doo-doo". Do NOT sing the words yet; just sing doo-doo in place of the words. Watch the notes, not the words. Do this three times, start to finish, just as before.

     

    3. Now, listen three more times, but this time “audiate” the words. What that means is that you simply mouth the words. Don't make any sound, just mouth the words as if you're on stage.  Over-enunciate, and mouth the words as if you're telling the story of the song. Don't say them, don't sing them, just mouth the words and tell the story of the song with your face. Do this three times from start to finish.

     

    4. Now, listen another three times, and SING, still watching the music.

     

    5. Try putting the music down and singing along with the recording.  You’ll probably have quite a bit of it learned!