ANCIENT HARMONIOUS SOCIETY OF WOODSHEDDERS
     
 
 
 

WOODSHEDDING DEFINED

 



Woodshedding is how our Society began. Three individual voices (Tenor, Bari & Bass) harmonize to a Lead's melody without any written arrangement. In woodshedding, the joy is in ringing the chords rather than getting through the song. The song moves very slowly, allowing each singer to find his notes.

Woodshedding ISNíT done by more than four singers at a time, except during a group-learning process or when a novice needs to hear Barbershop chords. Woodshedding ISN'T "faking" a fourth part along with three singers who are singing an existing written Barbershop arrangement. Woodshedding ISNíT trying to sing a song youíve never heard (at least once). And woodshedding ISN'T singing Polecats or tags.

The best "woodshed" melodies are simple melodies which everyone learns together before anyone starts to harmonize. So as you find your harmony, you already know in what "direction" the song is traveling.

An intensely pleasurable experience for the four singers involved, woodshedding is meant for their ears only, rather than for a general audience. Itís not really much fun to listen to, but listening IS valuable if you wish to become adept at the art of woodshedding.

 
     
 
Woodshedding
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Purpose, Vision
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Origins of
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