About Singing LEAD
The lead is one of the two middle voice parts in barbershop music and usually sings the melody.
Because she carries the melody, the lead must sing with authority and clarity and with a consistent quality throughout her range. When the lead sings below middle C, she must be able to add more lower register (chest voice) production to project low tones and remain in balance. As her part reaches into the octave above middle C, the lead must gradually mix in more upper register (head voice) so that the tone production is shared by the two registers, with the upper register predominating as the part line reaches C above middle C.
The lead sings with just enough vibrato to add color and warmth to the sound. It is essential that she possess an accurate sense of pitch.
The lead sings the melody; therefore, she is the one responsible for conveying the interpretation, emotion and inflections of the song. The other three parts literally "follow her lead" in delivery of dynamics and tempo, and support her inflection, artistry and finesse.
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