Don't Make Me Play the Fool

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Date Posted: Thu, 24 Jun 2010
Posted By: terry_s_chapman | More from this user
Key written in: B♭ Major
How many parts: 4
Type: Barbershop
Comments: The penultimate chord (the next to last chord, in case you were wondering), ie. the one that resolves to the tonic chord in the cadence, is not a typical barbershop chord by any stretch of the imagination.

The notes are: B-flat, F-flat, A-flat, and E-flat. (Yes, F-flat)

The chord can be described in chord notation as: I7 sus4 b5 (which would be a Tonic 7th chord, with a suspended 4th, and a flat 5th) And I guess it could be argued that the chord is an E major 7th chord with a flat 5th -- but it's not -- because I say so. :)

So, here's how you tune it up: The bass needs to stay solid on the hanger Bb. The bari needs to be really high on the F-flat. The lead and the tenor need to stay on the bottom side of the pitch (make it real Dirty!). Here's why: The Bass and Bari are a tritone apart, and the Bari and Tenor are a major 7th apart. But, when it resolves and locks up on the last chord, it will ring like crazy.

Let me know what you think!

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Terry S. Chapman
Year: 2010

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