How to Sing Harmonies

Author: Danni Da Ros
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Danni Da Ros - Professional Vocal Coach
Danni Da Ros - Professional Vocal Coach

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Are you interested in learning how to sing harmonies? It can give a great amount of power to a song when it is sung by two or more people in a way that various tones and pitches are blended. Once this technique is successfully achieved a beautiful sound can be produced. However, people who try to sing in harmony and lack the skills to do so, can create a sound that is hard to bear.
Start With the Scales
There is harmony when a person sings a song by a particular pitch and another person joins in with a different pitch and adds notes around the original pitch.
If you want to sing in harmony, you must know the major and minor scales. A scale is actually a group of 8 consecutive notes in one octave, labeled with the letters A to G.
The note intervals of the major scale runs like this: whole-whole-half-whole-whole-whole-half while that of the minor scale runs like this: whole-half-whole-whole-half-whole-whole.
The notes used in singing harmony mostly come from the major scale.
Find Two Voices
In singing harmony, the original pitch and tune is kept. Someone will start to sing a note from the melody. A musical instrument like a guitar can also play the chord.
The next person will then sing along using the same note, and then this person shifts to either a higher or a lower pitch.
This is mostly a repetitive process having many notes all through the entire song, of course with the second person singing with a higher or lower tone the whole time.
Making Harmony Work
Know the song first if you are still trying to learn singing harmony. Most trainers suggest that you learn both first and second voice.
It usually takes a lot of work to fully grasp the concept of harmony and apply it, but some people are quite comfortable singing this way even when they are still beginners. It’s referred to as on-the-fly harmony, because the harmonizer just starts singing the song effortlessly.
A person who is capable of doing on-the-fly harmony has the ability to locate the center pitch and the melody. They only need a short time to listen to the song, and then they know the pitch and melody and begin singing the song. This process is very similar to that of ear training.
As a matter of fact, in order to have talent in harmony, you can make use of the ear training exercises. Try playing a note on the piano, try to know what pitch that is, and try to picture yourself singing it. After that, sing the note while you play the piano. Repeat it, this time with a note higher than the one you played and for the third time sing a lower tone.
There are lessons offered online where they provide interactive pianos and voice feedback. The software is quite useful when and can help with matching the pitch and going higher and lower. Practice is still the best method to use in determining the right pitch.
No Mystery
Harmony is applied in different music genres like country, pop, and rock music. A well-known group of singers that is famous for their ability to harmonize using a combination of four very unique voices, are the Oak Ridge Boys.
People who have talent in harmonizing make it look easy. The concepts are not really that hard to understand. What’s necessary is willingness to practice the proper recognition of pitch.
In the end, the key to learning this type of singing is by taking up singing lessons and practicing with a group of singers

Danni Da Ros - Professional Vocal Coach
Danni Da Ros - Professional Vocal Coach

As the former Head of Singing for Brent Street Studios, Danni knows how to get the best out of every student and truly nurtures their talent. 


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