Our Singing Style

Our Singing Style and the voice parts


There are 4 parts to choose from. The music team ensures all members sing in a section which is appropriate to the individual's voice.

Unlike many other types of choral singing, the melody is not sung by the top voices. The Leads take the melody. The range for singers is C above Middle C down to A below Middle C.

This is the lowest harmony line and is the driving force of the chorus. The range may extend as low as Eb below Middle C.

This line is sung above the melody line.

The notes are in much the same range as the Lead Section. And they move around above and below the lead melody line.

We encourage Quartet singing in our Chorus.

How are the songs learned?

The music is taught with the aid of professionally produced learning tracks and sheet music. All this is provided by the chorus. Most of the members do not sight read music. Leaders from the chorus music team are appointed to help every section member. Members can therefore learn at their own pace outside rehearsals. Weekly rehearsals are used to put all 4 parts together and develop the sound, expression and performance across the chorus.

Members learn the high level skill of singing their own part when standing alongside others who will be singing a different part.....and then creating the LOCK and RING which makes the Barbershop Sound so very special.


More education and development information can be found by logging into the Sweet Adeline Member Services page. You will need your membership number to access this section of the main website.

Additional Resources

Sweet Adelines International
Region 31 - Quartet of Nations
Harmony Rag
Barbershop in Harmony
British Association of Barbershop Singers
Ladies Association of Barbershop Singers