The baritone is the other of the two middle voice parts in barbershop music.
Baritone is a harmony part sung below or above the melody, depending on where the melody is situated. Baritone differs from the Alto part in traditional choral music, because it frequently crosses over the melody (lead).
The baritone is written in the bass clef, an octave lower than it is sung.
Though the baritone and lead sing in the same basic range, the techniques for singing the two parts are different. The baritone must be constantly aware of her position in the chord and she must remain flexible enough to adjust her tone when needed. When she sings below the lead, she uses a rich, full sound that helps to solidify the relationship between lead and bass. When she sings above the lead, she uses a lighter production, similar to that used by the tenor. The baritone sings a relatively straight, well-produced tone with a minimum of vibrato.
Like the tenor, the baritone frequently sings the thirds and sevenths of a chord. These two tones require the greatest degree of pitch adjustment from the equal tempered scale. These notes must be tuned so that the chords will "lock."
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