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Where did "Barber Shop" quartets get their name?

Asked by Arp (3516points) February 14th, 2010

Also, what is the difference between “Barber Shop” quartets and regular ones? I ask this because my Dad had a singing valentine delivered to my step-mom (It was sweet), and after they were done, I asked these questions and all four didn’t really know. Thanks in advance!

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ucme's avatar

I’d hit the edit if I were you quick.

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Whoopsie, didnt catch that, @ucme ! Thanks!

ucme's avatar

@Arp No problem!

marinelife's avatar

“A barbershop quartet is a musical quartet which performs barbershop music. This form of music dates back to the 1600s, and it evolved, as you might suspect, form casual gatherings of friends in barbershops and other public places.”


Dr_Lawrence's avatar

As a former member of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, I can tell you that the goal in Barbershop Quartet singing is not only four part harmony but to create ringing chords (overtones and undertones) throughout to performance the creates a distinctive experience for the listener. The songs are typically sweet and sentimental but the musical effect is quite something when the arrangers skills and the singers’ skills combine to reproduce the desired effect.

SPEBQSA supports both Quartets and Choruses of singers who enjoy the music and the fellowship.

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