In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument

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Dr. Jim Richards
Physics of Barbershop Sound

Where does sound come from?

Vibrations in a string

The Ear


Consonance and Dissonance


Some Characteristics of Harmonies, Formants and Registers

Pythagorean Tuning

Just Intonation

Does a theoretically 'perfect' scale exist?


What makes barbershop chords ring?

The original 1977 publication has been extensively revised and expanded to make this a more reader-friendly manuscript. Dr. Jim Richards has worked with a number of scientists, teachers, musicians, professionals, and fellow SPEBSQSA members to bring you this wealth of information.

Item code: 6564B | Book | $9.95 add item to cart
Barbershop  | 36 Pages | Softcover | 8 x 11

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