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The Parts of a Quartet

The Parts of a Quartet

What makes a barbershop quartet so unique?

Barbershop harmony is a style of four-part, unaccompanied singing, utilizing close-harmony and intuitive voice leading characterized by consonant four-part chords for every melody note.


The tenor is the highest part that harmonizes above the melody, utilizing a falsetto/light head voice approach.

Learn more about how to sing tenor…


The lead is the melody singer, and in barbershop typically sings melodies which lie within the vocal and skill range of the average singer.

Learn more about how to sing lead…


The baritone sings above and below the lead, completing and filling out the consonant four-part chords.

Learn more about how to sing baritone…


The bass sings the lowest harmonizing notes, serving as the foundation of the quartet.

Learn more about how to sing bass…