The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #50417   Message #764658
Posted By: Burke
13-Aug-02 - 05:05 PM
Thread Name: Help: Momma Sang Tenor?
Subject: RE: Help: Momma Sang Tenor?
Some of the early bluegrass singers came from a shape note singing background.

In the old books with open scores, the melody was on the 3rd line from the top. The top line is a harmony that tends to be higher than the melody. Top to bottom they are Treble, alto, lead or tenor, bass. Men & women sing both the Treble & the lead in their own octave. Even though the exact indication has changed, the idea of high men & women parts being called the same thing seems to have carried over.