How to Sing Harmony

Hey, Saher Galt here with a singing lesson video for you and in this one we're going to talk about singing vocal harmony. We're going to do a few beginning exercises to get you into it and by the end you'll be singing a full harmony part. Here we go. An introduction to singing harmony So, if you're not already familiar, vocal harmony is where multiple singers will sing different melodies at the same time and when it's done right it can sound otherworldly. In learning to do it one of the first things we have to overcome is the tendency to unconsciously match what the other singers are doing rather than sing our own part. The trick is really just getting the brain used to hearing one thing while you're singing another. That's what we're going to practice now. First let's get a melodic interval in your ear – a two note melody. We're going to sing this: AH, AH I'm going to play it a few times with you on the keyboard. Make sure you sustain each note.

Sing the lower note: Now the upper note: Again lower: And upper: Now that you've got the melody down you're going to sing the same thing one more time. On the first note I'm going to match you and on the second note we're going to harmonize. Again sing exactly what you've been singing. Here we go: AH Now hopefully you're able to stay on course and sing the same melody that you had been singing, even though our melodies diverged.

I stayed on the same note you jumped up to the upper note. If you succeeded then you just harmonized. The next step is to be able to find your harmony notes not by repetition but by ear. How this is going to work is I'm going to play the lower note while its ringing I want you to try and imagine the upper note. Once you've got it firmly in your mind sing it the second time I play the lower note and that should sound like this: OK, got the idea? Here is the lower note: Now imagine that upper note. I'm going to play it again and you sing the upper note.

Did you get it? You ought to have been singing this upper note: Let's try that one more time somewhere else. We're going to do the same interval, the same distance, but from a different starting note. This one: Now try to conjure that same two note melody we've been singing but simply starting from this new place. Now imagine that upper note and sing it. Hopefully you were singing this. Now to be really good at singing harmony you're going to want to know more than just this one interval. You'll want to practice hearing and singing them all.

It also has the nice side benefit of helping you sing in tune better. For more on that check out my singing lessons. OK. so we've practiced singing a pitch other than the one we're hearing and finding a harmony note by ear. The next step is stringing multiple harmony notes together. So this will be our main melody: And the harmony part you're going to sing is parallel harmony. You're going to sing in the same direction but spaced a distance apart. Your part sounds like this: You sing it just with the piano: OK, now I'm going to sing the main melody, you sing that harmony part.

For this pass will give you the piano Now you sing the same thing again but it's just you and me no piano reference. If you're finding that challenging you can go back over it a few more times but let's move on to something that sounds more like harmony singing. First let's lay down a backing track. Now I'll sing a main melody over the top. Let me loop that. Now it's time to sing harmony over the top. Here it is again: Now just you and the main melody: In case you lost it: Last time: Alright you're off to a good start and singing vocal harmony. Make sure you subscribe so you catch my future videos and as always thanks for watching I'm Saher Galt I'll see you next time.

Hey guys we Roman oh my name is ohm – and my name is Orion in this video we'll share our three top tips for singing in harmony if you're just starting out you can watch our beginners introduction video how to sing in harmony otherwise here we go you walk singing in harmony is a huge part of our sound as a duo but I always started singing in harmony when I met over there about five years ago so the experience of learning to sing in harmony for the first time is still very fresh in my memory we know it can be challenging and it definitely requires a lot of practice so we've put together the three top tips that we use when learning a new song tip number one is to approach the Harmony line as if you are learning a new melody ultimately the beauty of singing and harmony is blending with the other person but first you have to be confident with your own part independently some people say that once they hear the other person singing the melody they can't help but jump to the same note and they end up singing in unison we know this can be very frustrating and it might make you feel like you can't sing and harmony at all but you have to remember that it's just a matter of training your ear and practicing if you can sing a melody you can definitely sing I'm harmony let's take an example from the song the boxer by Simon and Garfunkel Obadiah is going to play the now let's sing it if you know the melody of this song you can recognize that the Harmony line mirrors the movement of the melody at this point practice this until you feel confident let's practice one once you get that done you can move on to tip number two which is get used to the sound the harmony in relation to the melody here is the melody line for our example the box now listen to the two love a good way to become comfortable with the sound of the harmony and melody together is to practice with your singing partner very slowly note by note with a metronome our metronome is set to 52 beats a good practice is to gradually increase the tempo of the metronome until you reach the actual tempo of the song which brings us to our final piece of advice for you tip number three use the accompanying chords to help you find your starting note sometimes the hardest thing about singing a harmony is starting it for example a Ryan's harmony line starts on the note II II is the second note in the accompany C major chord which leads into the chorus when we're practicing and I play the C major chord Orion is able to anticipate her starting when you put it all together it sounds a little like this so there you have it our three top tips for singing in harmony make sure to check out our tutorial for harmonizing Fleetwood Mac's I don't want to know and also our full cover version of the song thanks for watching one more thing we want to let you know that the song you're hearing in the background is the title track for our brand new EP Televisa Colorado which is coming to you this year you're the full track click here all you need is a one-way ticket to Tel Aviv to Colorado plane touches down.

This video is for those of you who feel uncomfortable singing harmonies let's call it basic ear training so you're going to start on a C we're going to ah good now you're going to do it again and you're going to really hold on to that note feel how it feels in your body where it is in your in your voice and ah we got it right so now I'm going to play something slightly different on the but you're going to stay exactly on the same note on the C as we were before so ah good we're going to do that again and this time I want you to listen really hard to the piano the piano is going against you but I want you to listen to the the harmony that is making alright so you're going to hold the C just as we're doing here we go good now I'm not going to sing you're going to do exactly the same thing but I'm going to hold up my voice and you're only going to have the pianos try and hold on to that see nice and strong here we go let's try that again just to give you a bit of a guide I'm going to keep playing the c to remind you to stay on that you good now I'm going to sing the piano moving up and down because normally is okay singing with a piano but then when you add other voices on different notes then that really starts to pull you in different directions so and you can listen to me but do not go with me you're going to stay on the scene all the way through ah if you found that hard listen to the piano okay I'm only going to play your note this time so listen to me I know how is that good I hope right so now you're going to do the movement so easy let's do it together ah so this time I just want you to go up ah good now I'm going to play both parts and I want you to just listen to the piano going up and down and go with that alright just as we've just done and again so you're going with good now I'm going to hold the see at the bottom and you're going to go up listen to the piano if you're finding it hard when I sing and I'm singing against good let's take it a little bit further we're just going to work this tune you see we go for up I'm fall back down with a little repetition in places ah ah good now sing it and listen to the piano with the extra notes okay I'm gonna take out our note we're still gonna sing what we're singing but the pianos playing something different so we're starting ah let's put all parts back together I'm going to stop singing you're going to keep singing what just done are you ready we're now going to add one more layer to it you're going to stay on the bass note see exactly what we've been doing ah listen to all that music now what normally happens is when you hear a chord put together you either can hear very clearly the bass or you might run as people who always picks out the higher note and there's no right or wrong way to do it it's just then important that you can find the other notes within the chord but that's another lesson for another day well done keep practicing one thing I would suggest is if you ever hear harmonies and songs on the radio or songs that you're listening to at home try to sing the other part try really hard not to go with what's obvious to you whether it's the bass or the higher note go with the other part really try and hear what they're doing and by doing that you're going to be training your is in your recreational time good luck and happy singing.

Hey Sahara Gault here and I'm going to share the easiest harmonizing technique there is let's get to it the art of the pedal tone is often overlooked when discussing techniques for creating harmonizing lines but it's actually one of the most powerful and creates really beautiful outcomes it's also one of the easiest techniques to learn and use so imagine this is our lead melody we want ah we can harmonize it with a single note has the lead melody winds its way around because our static counter line doesn't move it allows our ear to focus on the flashes of sweetness of serenity and melancholy that emerge only in the presence of our petal tongue okay let's see if you can do it here's your note now hold on to it don't change notes just sustain this one while you're hearing the lead melody ready sing ah now you might be wondering how did I know which note to sing surely not any random note would have worked and that's true so a surprising amount of notes will do interesting things with most melodies but to give you a couple probable choices for good outcomes more often than not the tonic or the dominant of the key or in will have the best chance of creating a beautiful result the tonic and dominant by the way are names for scale degrees all seven note to the key get a number and a name the first scale degree is called the tonic and the fifth scale degree is called the dominant so if you're in the key of C the tonic one is C and the dominant five is G now in determining whether a tonic or dominant or any of the other possible pedals will be right you can check out my lesson download harmony workshop for a more detailed exploration of this idea and a comprehensive look at harmonizing in general but as a kind of shorthand if your melody is hovering close to the tonic and you'll likely have trouble with dissonant stack ups against adjacent nodes if your pedal tone is also on the tonic so that's when it might be a good idea to try the dominant and the scale degrees also have functional qualities that are intrinsic to them tonic pedals create a feeling of foundation anchoring us to home dominant pedals create a feeling of expectation a desire to resolve so we can't simply choose based on what sounds pleasant we also need to be thinking about what function is appropriate okay you get the idea now let's practice a dominant here's our lead melody and here's the dominant what you're assuming [Music] here's what it should be sounding like [Music] once more just you [Music] okay that's it for this time if you'd like more on the subject of harmonizing check out my new lesson download harmony workshop it contains over four hours of instruction exercises and technique to help you get great at creating departments any question let me know in the comment subscribe so you catch my future videos and as always thanks for watching I'm so hairball.

Hey we're there before joy one of the stuff and today we're going to show you guys a simple exercise we're going to take you guys up and down the scale in a harmony yeah not the entire scale but you know up to a point it down just so we're going to begin with the basic chord which is the C chord and each singer can take a note to sing in the court I will be taking the C note plot it will be taking E and Heather will be ah Oh [Music] Oh so now that you guys know how to go up and down the scale which is not the entire scale but you know with the harmonies we're going to show you guys how popular these chords are and there are songs that you probably hear every day you don't even realize it and so the first song is being on me which is the fucking song you guys all know and if you don't know go check it out lean on me we're going to demonstrate to you that how these same chords that we just did on the scale can be found in that [Music] [Music] Oh [Music]

hey I'm Brett Manning welcome to the free vocal tip of the week today's vocal tip continues from last week when we sought to only use the tonic the root note of the scale to sing on pitch now we're talking about harmony when we sing harmony we must learn that all melody is harmony anyway as soon as I play a chord I have harmony it's a harmony the vibration a singer singing harmony is just somebody seeing a note other than the melody so if the melody is Amazing Grace well there's two other notes grace grace so some same grace but I'm seeing great he's great grace grace any note and that cord will do the problem is that people often struggle to find those notes so what we have to do is learn two things first be able to hear a chord and seeing every note within the court that's basic harmony advanced harmony would be to hear a chord and sing notes that don't exist within that court if I play a C chord the melody will typically land somewhere my daughter every note I landed on was inside the cord but if I can land outside of the cord his roy orbison did and crying over you is it I was alright for a while I could smile for a while well those notes that land outside the chord there's an a but he's not playing the a and it sounds like you're singing off the pitch that's an exaggerated harmony because an exaggerated harmony is simply a harmony that goes beyond when we exaggerate what do we do we go beyond the truth well the truth is I'm only playing three notes that's all the harmony I got but if I play this chord four notes so I'm not going to exaggerate if I sing this but I am if I'm not playing it if I'm seeing a smile four it makes sense it for cuz I'm playing it but if I'm not playing that note and I grab it where did they get it from smile fo well feels like I'm singing the wrong note.

hi guys welcome to another harmony training video this is to help you if you're not used to or you feel uncomfortable singing in harmony there is an easier version for complete beginners and that is available on a link which should be appearing at the top of screen now or in the description box below so let's get singing in Harvey first of all you're going to sing this notes just a middle seat I don't want you just give me aa or together good try to get our vibration going in the chest really feeling the resonance of that note so that you've got engrained in your system one more time you're going to stay on that notes and Nick is going to start to go up so don't listen to Nick listen to me and the piano here we go same note good now I'm going to move up to observe above Nick so you're going to be on your own but with the help of mark on the old Johanna lips so listen to that piano I'll start with you and then move up all right here we go you're singing the bass or the root of the chord now we're going to move that but you're still going to stay on the root but you'll be moving up so you're singing bit I'm gonna move up ah ah ah some more times to get back to you that same pattern I'll do it with you and it's gonna say third bar oh are you ready to listen in on it you ready all together good okay now I'm going to sing the fit so notice me listen to the piano be ready and [Music] ah we're going to do this again I heard your note did you do it good all right now I'm going to do a little bit of a melody it sounds like this we're going to sing the lyrics I am singing in harmony because that's what we're doing and it goes like this this is the melody go on the server we're going to do what's going on I'll do it with you here we go this time I want you to listen up to what mitch is doing but stay with me stay with me hopefully that listen to the harmony so many people stand with their fingers in their ears which I understand but it's actually not helpful but stop feeling how harmony works together so listen but sing with me here we go great you know what you're doing so we're going to do same thing again but I'm going up here we go and again you lastly okay so now I'm going to make it a little bit more difficult for you we're going to get using the third so in a normal tryout you're going to sing the middle note okay you can sing them let's take that notice hold that now let's take it for a nice long extended blast here we go got it feeling it good make sure that rest nice and resonant in your chest so you can really feel those vibrations ah [Music] now when we get Nick's ago off the base notice we don't listen to Nick listen to me here we go if you're gonna do the same thing again and I'm going to go above you so you have to just work on your own but mark is going to be pinging up your notes so don't listen to me or Nick just listen to the piano and make sure you system it'll one more time good all right now we're going to add some movement to it okay so we're just going to do one three five as a movement okay so the core sounds like this the whole moving up and down so all I want you to do this is your notes on experimental movement sing it with me [Music] okay Nick's gonna go on the bottom you go sing with me [Music] and again okay you're on your own this is not I'm gonna go above you on you doing really well okay now we're going to keep you in this er I'm going to try that little melody we did earlier can you remember it here's the cancer sound [Music] but in your keyword in me great I can't it again I'm singing with you remember so cute with me kind of listen to Nick but don't get pulled on the bass note so here we go [Music] great and again okay I'm going to now go you so you stay in the middle you know March helping you out so Gautama on piano okay here we go together so there you go that all for today don't forget there are lots of other exercise videos on this channel wants to help you think daily to improve your singing voice we also have backing tracks and tips so do be sure to go through our back capsule other videos and find ones that you find helpful we will at some point we're releasing a another harmony training video that will help you with those more dynamic and difficult harmonies I'd like to say a huge thank you to Nick for helping us out today Nick have its own YouTube channel which cool move to your program the links will be in the description box below due by checking out here are some fantastic covers of some famous and some not so famous but interesting forms also don't forget to press that big red subscribe button and there are lots of links in the description box below which you might find helpful and interesting so if you go and have a look at those all right take care everything and get. Please visit the how to sing page for more lessons.

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