Rehearsal Aids for Down Our Way

This Barbershop classic is at once one of the most “normal” Barbershop arrangements, and one of the easiest to sing. In order to accommodate the altos singing the “lead” (melody) part, we’ve raised the key four half steps from the original (B flat). This puts the basses a little higher than they might like, but it doesn’t put it out of reach.

The purity of the vowel sounds is no less essential here than it is in any other piece we sing.

NOTE: I’m sorry about the quirkiness of the voice sounds on these recordings. They aren’t perfect, but I think they’ll get the job done!

Here’s the full chorus (with each part being played by a computer-generated chorus sample). The mix here is similar to how we’ll perform it. Please note, though, that we’ll take some liberties with the timing of the piece that are not taken in this recording.

Full Chorus (SATB)

The following four audio files are the four parts isolated to one part per recording. Note that you’ll also be able to hear another variation below—the “part-predominant” version, in which the other three parts are also present, but are played softly, with your own part in the forefront. If you’re not sure of your notes, this is the best place to start. Then once you have a handle on the pitches—or if you just need to hear the whole context of the song to understand your notes better, the part-predominant tracks farther below can help with that.

Sopranos (who are singing Barbershop “Tenor” in this piece)
Altos (who are singing Barbershop “Lead” in this piece)
Altos–This is the 2nd Verse patter, being sung an octave lower than you will sing it.
Tenors (who are singing Barbershop “Baritone” in this piece)
Basses (who are singing Barbershop “Bass” in this piece)

The following four tracks each have one part predominant and the others playing softly in the background. If you’re not certain of your notes yet, it may help to alternate between the part-predominant tracks below and the part-isolated tracks above.

Soprano Predominant
Alto Predominant
Tenor Predominant
Bass Predominant