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posted Nov 24, 2015, 11:02 AM by Kathy Scheel

As you begin to learn our newest song, it's a perfect time to recall that marking your music:

  1. Increases awareness of your part's relationship to the other parts.  This is essential to ensemble singing, and encourages a singer-driven chorus.
  2. Improves your personal skills and knowledge of the barbershop art form.
  3. Ensures a higher level of accuracy.  The sooner your mark your music and study it, the earlier it is ingrained in your memory during the learning process.
  4. Enhances the opportunity to stay truly in tune, which means more overtones and ringing chords!

Here's what to find and mark on your own music (if you don't read music, ask for assistance from your section leader).

  •  DOH - the key of the song, the root, 1 on the scale, the “home base” of every chord in the song.  Maintain this note in your head thru the entire song.  The lead sings DOH most frequently because it is the melody in most of our music, but the bass is responsible for establishing the foundation for overtones and must strive to keep this in tune at all times.  The baritones and tenors must know where they are in the chord so they can adjust ("bend") the notes as required to stay perfectly in tune. 
    • KEY of D:  Wee Small Hours
    • KEY of B-flat:  I Didn't Wanna Fall
    • KEY of D:  All the Way
  • Octaves
  • Unisons
  • Accidentals:  sharps, flats, naturals
  • Pythagorean tuning

For fine-tuning your part, we use the Pythagorean tuning (P-tuning) chart.  Using the chart, mark your music with a  +   to indicate that you should sing slightly higher than DOH/root, or with a  - to sing slightly lower than DOH/root.  Here are the notes to find and mark on the most recent songs added to our repertoire.   The P-tuning chart is on our OSC website in Music Resources.

    • D            +0
    • D#          +14
    • E#          +18
    • G#          +12
    • A#           +16
    • B#           +20
    • B-flat       +0
    • B             +14
    • C#           +18
    • E             +12
    • F#           +16
    • G#          +20