Barbershop Harmony Society choruses label the four, harmony parts as Tenor, Lead, Baritone and Bass (TLBB), which is technically or officially known as the TTBB voicing, where TTBB stands for Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Bass 1 and Bass 2. TTBB voicing is meant for choruses consisting of only male voices, and to lower the pitch of a treble note to an appropriate level for male voices , the figure "8" is placed at the bottom of the Treble Clef. This Treble Clef with the subscripted 8 is known as the Vocal Tenor Clef, and it indicates that each note on the treble stave is to be sung an octave lower than what is notated. For this voicing, a standard Bass Clef is used on the bass stave.
SSAA voicing is meant for choruses consisting of only female voices, where SSAA stands for Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto 1 and Alto 2. This voicing uses a standard Treble Clef and, to raise the pitch of the bass notes to an appropriate level for female voices, the figure "8" is placed at the top of the Bass Clef. This Bass Clef with the superscripted 8 is known as the Octave Bass Clef, and it indicates that each note on the bass stave is to be sung an octave higher than what is notated. SSAA voicing is used by female choruses of International organizations such as Sweet Adelines or Harmony, Inc.
In January of 2019, the Barbershop Harmony Society started to allow BHS chapters to add female voices to its chorus and it became necessary to arrange songs using the SATB voicing, where SATB stands for Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. SATB voicing is meant for choruses consisting of both Female and Male voices, and because there are female voices present to handle the higher notes of the treble staff and male voices present to handle the lower voices of the bass staff, the figure "8" is not needed on either of the Treble or Bass Clefs.
So the mistake I made was to use the standard, barbershop harmony clefs, i.e. the Treble Clef with the lower, figure "8" and the standard Bass Clef, not only for the TTBB voicing, but for the SSAA and the SATB voicings as well, causing some of the voices to be played too low and giving you the wrong impression of how the voicing should sound. What follows is my video version of the Joe Liles Happiness Tag from the September/October 2021 issue of The Harmonizer, in which I made sure that I entered the correct clef symbol so that the three voicings sound as they should, and I went back to my previous, blog post, and corrected the clef symbols in the video version of the Joe Liles tag for Sing a Song Each Day.
Joe Liles Happiness Tag