Singing Backup Vocals

How To Sing Background Vocals Vocal Tutorial

Hey this is Mike Ferfolia from MetalworksInstitute vocal tips. Today we're talking about singing background vocals. Now all toooften I've heard especially in live rock applications where a guitar player is singing backgroundvocals and the biggest issue I have with it is that most of the time they're not matchingthe vowel sounds of the lead singer. Right, lets say for example we got, uh. I'm goingto sing a Thornley song. Hopefully we don't get sued for this example. quot;Guess this isliving, would you come again, would you come againquot; and we have a background singer quot;Guessthis is living, would you come again, would you come againquot; right. There is a harmonypart, there is a lead part. Now what you might

have noticed about the harmony part was thatthe vowel sound was a little bit more straight and narrow, was a little bit more square thenwhat lets say the lead line was doing. Now that's going to be a problem in that the vowelsound doesn't match up. It's going to stick out like a sore thumb. Not necessarily goingto blend very well either. Unfortunately or fortunately for the fact that we got to learnwhat we're doing, which is always a great skill to learn. We've got to be able to assimilatethe way that the lead singer sings his vowel sounds, again which is what I believe is whatmakes a singer, the way they form their vowels different vowel sounds. Consonants whatever,consonants are consonants no matter what.

So, if you're singing with some it's importantto listen to the way that their singing vowel sounds so that you're matching that, you'rematching the way that they sing those sounds and your able to very easily blend with themand even in some cases emulate the way that they are singing or sound like them tonallyand thats going to make you a very effective background singer. So obviously the next timeyou are preforming with somebody take a minute to do a short vocal sectional rehearsal whereyou're listening to the way they sing their tune, you're listening to the vowel soundsthey use, you're listening to the phrasing that they use, listen to the timing they usewhen their singing their tunes. You might

know it really, really well but you mightnot know the way they interpret that when they are singing live. So it's important tolisten to that and be very aware of what the lead singer is doing. As a background singerit's your job to do just that. Sing in the background and basically make the lead singerlook really good. Vowel sounds, phrasing, any embellishment that you might want to learnto harmonize over, something that you find is consistent in the way that they performthe song latch on to that. Learn it, assimilate that into whatever your doing while your singingand do your best to make the the lead singer sound good. Welcome to being a backgroundvocalist. Again this is Mike Ferfolia from

Metalworks Institute vocal tips. See you soon.

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