How to Sing Harmony
How to Sing Harmony and Sing with Others
Start With the Scales
To be able to sing harmony, you need to be familiar with the major and minor scales. A scale consists of eight (or an octave) of successive notes designated by the letters A to G. The C major scale consists of C (do) – D (re) – E (mi) – F (fa) – G (so) – A (la) – B (ti) – C (do).
The major scale consists of note intervals running whole-whole-half-whole-whole-whole-half while the note intervals in the minor scale run whole-half-whole-whole-half-whole-whole.
The notes in harmony are usually taken from the major scale.
Find Two Voices
As mentioned earlier, harmony is created by singing around the primary melody and pitch. In a two-voice harmony, one individual sings a note from the original melody. The second person then joins in singing the same note, but changes to a higher or lower pitch. These higher and lower notes can be determined by playing the corresponding chord on a piano or guitar.
This process is repeated at certain notes in the song, with the second voice singing at an interval higher or lower than the melody.
Making Harmony Work
Before you attempt to sing in harmony, you need to know the song very well. Some singing coaches recommend that each participant in a harmony learn the original melody as well as their own part.
While creating harmony takes a lot of work and practice, some talented individuals are capable of “on-the-fly” harmony, meaning they can easily jump into the melody and sing at a different pitch. Because of their finely tuned ears, they can readily identify the center pitch and melody and then create a second voce to accompany this primary melody.
Ear training lessons are an integral part of harmony skills. As an example, play a note on the piano and determine its pitch. Imagine yourself singing this note. Play the note again, but this time, sing along. On the third time, play the note, but sing a note higher or lower than the one you played on the piano.
Online singing lessons have special programs with voice feedback and interactive pianos. The software can help you practice in matching pitch and coming up with higher and lower notes. Regular practice will enable you to identify and develop accurate pitch.
Versatility of Harmony
Harmony can be fond in a wide variety of music genres, such as pop, country, rock and R&B. The country group – The Oak Ridge Boys – was famous for blending four different voices into an invigorating harmony.
Talented harmonizers make it appear very simple. In fact, the principles of harmony are not that difficult to understand. However, constant practice is required to accurately identify pitch and then move to a higher or lower note.
It is only through singing lessons that one can learn the techniques on how to sing harmony.
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