In barbershop music the tenor is the highest of the four voice parts and is a harmony part sung above the melody. Since one of the primary characteristics of barbershop harmony is its cone-shaped sound, the tenor must sing with a lighter production than the lower voices, without sacrificing clarity or brilliance. her quality must complement, but never overshadow, the lead.
The tenor sings mostly in her upper register (head voice), but she must be able to use her heavier lower register (chest voice) for lower notes in her range.
Lyric sopranos often make good tenors. The coloratura, dramatic or mezzo soprano must be able to lighten the voice quality and remove excessive vibrato in order to fulfill the requirements of this voice part.
Arrangements sometimes require that the tenor sing below the lead. When this occurs, the tenor must broaden her quality so that the chords remain in balance.
The tenor 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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