It’s Time to Lead

It’s Time to Lead

Plans are in place for the Cardinal District Leadership Academy to be held on Saturday, January 4th, 2014 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus, Indiana.  Check-in begins at 8:30 AM and the General Session will kick off at 9:00 AM.  The day’s sessions will wind up around ...

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Selecting A Quartet Coach

Selecting A Quartet Coach

At some point, in the life of every quartet, the need for a “fifth ear” or coach becomes a necessity.   Other than the desire to improve, it is generally because internal coaching can only go so far, and often not all quartet members take well or appreciate internal coaching.  This, ...

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Cardinal District is HOT!

Cardinal District is HOT!

Have you noticed the buzz throughout the Society about what’s going on in the Cardinal District? Everywhere you look lately, you see our district guys wearing International medals. We have Forefront, with fifth place this year in the International Quartet Contest, Instant Classic with second place last year in the ...

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Selecting Music For Your Quartet

Selecting Music For Your Quartet

So, you have finally found four guys who sound pretty good together, you seem socially compatible and you have matching socks.  Looks like the making of a new quartet!  The next step … what are we going to sing?  No doubt everyone has some excellent ideas but you just got ...

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Make Your Performances Better

Make Your Performances Better

Either as a quartet or a chorus, we are always striving to make our performances better, of a higher quality, and more enjoyable for both the audience and the performers.  There are several ways to do this… the first is to practice as often as you can, but that can ...

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Internationals is HERE!

Internationals is HERE!

Are you going to Toronto for this year’s international convention?  Or are you going to watch the webcast of the contest?  If you answered no to both of these questions, then you’re missing out on what’s going to be a great week of great singing and celebration of the BHS’s ...

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The Webcast is Coming!

The Webcast is Coming!

Next week in Toronto we will celebrate the 75th year of the Barbershop Harmony Society along with the fact that Quartets and Choruses will be competing to see who is the best in the world. When at the BHS Convention you get to enjoy being with your Brothers in Harmony ...

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A Harmony Platoon for Your Chapter

A Harmony Platoon for Your Chapter

What is a Harmony Platoon? Platoon is a chapter quartet program that is open to anyone who would like to start quartet singing or just can’t get enough. As a chapter activity it is for the seasoned as well as the novice quartetter. You may be familiar with Harmony Brigade. ...

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Reaching Out to Youth in Practical Ways

Reaching Out to Youth in Practical Ways

What are YOU doing to reach out to young musicians in your area?  Have you had that college guest night in your chapter yet? Made contact with local schools yet? Sent out flyers about your show on college campuses?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, good for ...

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How to Harmonize by Ear – Part 1

How to Harmonize by Ear – Part 1

Anyone who can sing can learn to harmonize by ear (also known as woodshedding).  Learning to harmonize is all about training the ear to hear the implied harmonies to a given melody.  While there is not a specific set of instructions to follow that will guarantee instant success, there are ...

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Tuning Tendencies For Parts of a Chord

Tuning Tendencies For Parts of a Chord

We’ve all stood around tagging out in the lobby or hotel room, and we try to ring every chord! What fun it can be! And, we want to get better at it….so we sing the same tag again and again; hoping it will ring more and more. Sometimes things just ...

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Become a (Better) Musician

Become a (Better) Musician

Many barbershoppers are very good musicians and do great things in helping those who are new to the hobby. As you all know, we take all types from those who were in collegiate groups to those who just started singing in the shower the day before they showed up for ...

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