What is a Tag?
A Tag, in barbershop music, is a dramatic variation put in the last section of the song. Its rough analog in Classical music is a coda. Tags are characterized by heightening the dramatic tension of the song, frequently including a hanger, or sustained note (Under which the other singers carry a melody). In addition, good tags can be sung as short, stand-alone works. Tags may be soft and tender but are typically characterized by loud, “paint peeling,” ringing chords. According to the competition rules of the Barbershop Harmony Society, every song entered for a competition must have a Tag.*
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*Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tag_(barbershop_music), 11/07/2011.