Tips to improve your singing Voice

  • Keep your throat lubricated as much as possible. Drink lots of water, and get in the habit of always having a water bottle nearby.
  • Breathe steam!- use a humidifier or vaporizer, especially during the winter months, and especially at night.
    This can work miracles for both treatment and prevention of problems. 
  • If you do feel like you’re losing your voice, try wrapping a hot towel, or heating pad around your neck, while sipping ice water. Do this for 15-30 minutes several times a day if you can. Even once will help enormously. The idea is that the heat relaxes the muscles, while the cold reduces the inflammation on your vocal folds.
  • Drink hot lemon juice or tea with honey. (Throat Coat tea is available at most drug stores, and
    is a nice treat!)
  • Avoid clearing your throat, and whispering .Both are very hard on vocal folds. 
  • Gargle with warm salt water.
  • If you suffer from allergies, stay on top of them. Once they grab hold, you are wide open for
    catching a cold, and losing your voice.

The origins of Barbershop Singing

Barbershop is always sung by single voice groups – either all male or all female – and the singing is in four parts, named after the male voices who traditionally sing them. These names are used even in women’s choruses. The parts are:

The BlueBelles

BlueBelles in Concert with The Bath Welcome Choir

On Saturday 13 September 2014 a Quartet of BlueBelles travelled to Bath to sing at a Concert in St Saviour’s Church, Larkhall.   We were invited to participate by Grenville Jones who runs a number of choirs in and around Bath as he wanted a contrasting choir to sing alongside his Welcome Choir.

The secrets of Singing in Tune

Singing out of tune is a recurring problem that we hear from performers. An important element of the barbershop “lock and ring” sound is in-tune singing. We need to sing quality musical tones that are specifically in pitch to the anticipated melodic line. To make this happen, we must sing in tune both horizontally and vertically.

What is Barbershop Singing?

By definition, Barbershop vocal harmony, as categorised during the barbershop revival era (1930s–present), is the art of singing a cappella, or unaccompanied vocal music.   A lot of the music sung by Barbershop choirs will come from this era of the 1930s although nowadays there is a much wider repertoire available.

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