how to sing VOCAL HARMONY
Hey, Saher Galt here with a singinglesson tutorial for you and in this one we're going to talkabout singing vocal harmony. We're going to do a few beginningexercises 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, vocalharmony is where multiple singers will sing different melodies at the same timeand when it's done right it can sound
otherworldly. In learning to do it one ofthe first things we have to overcome is the tendency to unconsciously match whatthe other singers are doing rather than sing our own part. The trick is really just getting thebrain used to hearing one thing while you're singing another. That's what we'regoing to practice now. First let's get a melodic interval inyour ear a two note melody. We're going to sing this: AH, AH I'm going to play it a few times with youon 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 downyou're going to sing the same thing one more time. On the first note I'm going tomatch you and on the second note we're going toharmonize. Again sing exactly what you've been singing.
Here we go: AH Now hopefully you're able to stay oncourse and sing the same melody that you had been singing, even though ourmelodies diverged. I stayed on the same note you jumped up to the upper note. If yousucceeded then you just harmonized. The next step is to be able to find yourharmony notes not by repetition but by ear. How this isgoing to work is I'm going to play the lower note while its ringing I want you to try and imagine the uppernote. Once you've got it firmly in your mind
sing it the second time I play the lowernote and that should sound like this: OK, got the ideaé Here is the lowernote: Now imagine that upper note. I'm going toplay it again and you sing the upper note. Did you get ité You ought to have beensinging this upper note: Let's try that one more time somewhereelse. We're going to do the same interval, thesame distance, but from a different starting note. This one:
Now try to conjure that same two notemelody 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 andsinging them all. It also has the nice side benefit of helping you sing in tunebetter. For more on that check out my singing lessons.