How to Sing Harmony to Any Song! BASICS OF SINGING: HARMONIZING | Meghan Kelly | Skillshare

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How to Sing Harmony to Any Song! BASICS OF SINGING: HARMONIZING

teacher avatar Meghan Kelly, M.M. Vocal Coach and Songwriting Teacher

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5 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Intro (Basics of Singing: Harmonizing)

    • 2. What is Harmony?

    • 3. How to Learn Harmony

    • 4. How to Sing Harmony

    • 5. Final Project & Summary

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The following questions are answered in this course:

1. What is harmonizing?

2. How do I hear & learn harmony?

3. How do I sound good singing harmony?

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Meghan Kelly

M.M. Vocal Coach and Songwriting Teacher


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1. Intro (Basics of Singing: Harmonizing): Hi, everyone. My name is Meg. I am a vocal coach, singer and songwriter guarantee to a little bit about harmony. No, I've been teaching singing lessons to students of all ages for a little over eight years. Now I have a masters and music invoice performance on Although my background was focused very primarily on classical music, my focus has shifted in two contemporary pop music in the past five years. Throughout this course, I'll teach you some basic vocal techniques for singing harmony. You'll learn how to pick out Harmony and Assam how to sing harmony while others air singing melody. And you'll also specifically where the Harmony Attack birthday seem tried out at your next party. This course is aimed at anyone who has a beginner level to advanced singing technique. It is helpful if you know how to match pitch. And if you have a elementary understanding of global instrument, this course is perfect for anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of the local instrument. Their skills for singing. Whether you want to sing a curio key or are singing backup for your band this weekend, you'll be learning tools that will help you in all those situations. This place will also help treat your ear So you're more aware of all the musical elements song, which is very helpful for songwriting, for singing with others in general, or even first starting embarking on your solo singing. In order to complete this course, you access to you tube as well as the media players such as Spotify, YouTube or iTunes on a device that allows you to record yourself whether it be voiced. Ramones, Garage man, anything will do. By the end of this class, you will have tools that will help you increase your ability to pick out harmony and a song , Sing Harmony while others are seeing Melanie and you will know how to sing harmony have birthday, so let's get started. 2. What is Harmony?: to start us off. Let's first define what Harmony ISS and will do so by speaking of it in relation to melody . And just to be clear, this course is very focused on vocal harmonizing and not instrumental harmonizing. So we will continue to talk about harmony and melody specifically in relation to vocal lines in music. So what's the melody? Melody is the part of the song that you sing along with with ease. It's the part that we remember in Happy Birthday. It's bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum bum bum bum bum bum Harmony, on the other hand, is new pitches that are different from the melody, but some at the same time. It often adds a lot more flavor, a lot more texture, a lot more fun. Harmony is not a necessary component to a song. A song could be complete without harmony, and no song needs for me to be completed. However, it is put in place to complement Melanie and add some more dynamic to the song When the melody and the harmony our son together, we call that harmonizing. Wear this a lot when we listen to buyers, or when singers have backing vocalists. However, just because there are two voices in the sun does not mean harmonizing is occurring or that harmony is written. Two voices concealing the same pitches on both beyond the melody. And that's what we call singing in unison. Not organizing one of the first steps and learning harmony is being able to hear it in a song. Now take a moment to pull up Barbara Ann by the beach boys of whichever media player you use. I've also linked YouTube link below for you. First line. Bob Bob Iran is the melody of the song. The second time they saying Bah, bah, Veran! New voices have been added these voices singing the same pigeons as each other for different pitches. Answer is different pitches, so they have created a harmony. Now let's take a listen to Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Eva Cassidy I'd also like to below you can pull it up on your media players as well. Does this song have harmony? The answer is no. It does not. It on. Lee hasn't vocal Melody is our third listen pull up poison and wine bythe In the beginning of the song, they bounced back forth sharing the melody when they finally joined together and sing baby harmonizing. Can you hear the different pitches? They say they're not singing in unison there, singing to separate notes. If you're having difficulty deciphering whether they're saying the same pitches, different images, take a look at a minute. 56 of that song female vocalist sings the word bruise, and the male vocalist enters, also singing the word Bruised. But after the female less tests on it. You hear that when he enters, he's on a different note. Thistle. A really great way to start to learn harmony, pull up a couple of your favorite songs and do the same thing. See where the melody comes in, when other voices come in. Are they singing different notes with the same notes? Are there other voices at all? Have fun with 3. How to Learn Harmony: And now that we've played around with a bit of fun songs, let's isolate harmony a little bit. The first MP three, labeled a Is Me singing the Note A on That's all, firstly, that one, and then sing along with me. The second recording, labeled B is Me singing the notes Seen and a together? Obviously not at the same time I recorded those lines separately. Once you've listened to that, go back to a recording and try to sing. See, while I sang a to mimic the recording, You just listen to the third recording labelled C is Me singing C D and back to see while A is still held under me. So it sounds a little like this here after you've listened to that a few times. Go back to recording a and see if you can sing C D. C while listening to me. Hold A. You can play around with this as much as you'd like. Try singing a bunch of other notes, but always try to make your way back to see for now until that feels too easy. Then try to find other notes that I feel a little bit more challenging but still pleasant. One son with a practice this portion until you feel super comfortable to sing at least C D . C while I sing A in recording a. Then you can move on to the next section. As you can see here we have three different tracks for the song Happy Birthday. The first track is just a recording of the melody. The second is a lower harmony, and the third is an upper harmony. Let's listen to all three together first. Do you have an idea of what they sound like? Don't be overwhelmed, though. I have some tools up my sleeve to share with you on how to make this a little bit easier. Happy Thursday, Teoh, you happy birthday to you Happy birthday, Teoh. So if this feels like it's too much to learn to do both harmonies and the melody, then we can take away one of the harmonies. Let's take away the upper harmony. For now, if we just listen, Teoh, the Lower Harmony and the melody, I want you to pay particular attention to the lower harmony. Most of the time, the lower harmony and the melody are singing the same pitches and we learned that that's called singing in unison. However, when we get about halfway through the song at the third Happy Birthday, you'll notice a change and just keep an era for what's about to happen. Happy Birthday, Teoh, You Happy Birthday, Teoh Happy Birthday, Thio, Thio. We go in and out of singing in unison and singing in harmony. Now some of you might be thinking, How am I ever going to learn the lower harmony? All I can hear in my head is the melody, since that's the line we're most familiar with. A trick to this, especially if you have these in different track forms, is to pull the melody volume down and the harmony volume up so the harmony becomes more prevalent and your ear grabs on to that a little bit stronger. Let's see what that sounds like. Happy Birthday, Teoh, you happy birthday, Teoh, you Happy Birthday, Teoh! Happy Birthday, Teoh. If that's still was a bit difficult, you commute the melody and learn the harmony on its own. However, I would suggest keeping the melody playing in a soft background if possible, unless it's completely throwing you off. If it's completely throwing you off, learn the lower harmony on its own and then bring the melody. And at a low volume, you can slowly creep up the melody volume as you sing along with low harmony. Eventually, you'll want to mute the low harmony and Onley play the melody where you sing in the low harmony part. Now you don't have to focus on the low harmony. If your voice is more comfortable in a higher range, you can focus on the upper harmony, or if you feel like you want a bit of a challenge, learn both. 4. How to Sing Harmony: when learning harmony. We also want to keep in mind some vocal technique. If the harmonizer is not matching anything that the person who this malady is singing, then we'll have some issues matching up the harmony to the melody, and it won't sound us smooth or connected. One of the goals with harmony is to complement the melody, and that's something we really want to make sure we were remember, we don't want to overpower the melody, and it doesn't want to take over the song in any way. It should be somewhat subtle and in the background. So with that in mind, we want to make sure that we sing the same volume as the melody or softer. We do not want to sing Louder Way also want to match the melodies tone. So if the tone of the melody is quite bright, then the harmony should also have a great tone. Another thing to consider is pronunciation. For instance, in the Sun Happy Birthday, if the person singing Melody says happy, very bright and why, which also connects with way also want to sing happy as happy if theme melody sings happy as happy a little bit more tall and around a little bit more A sound then The harmony also wants to match that and saying the final thing to consider is the melodies, timing and tempo. This is key. We want to start and end our words at the same exact time is the melody so that the harmony doesn't feel intrusive in any way. If a word ends in an s that the melody and the harmony are sitting together, the harmonizer is job is to make sure there s comes in and out at the same time as the melody. Keep all of this in mind when you go through your project which will go over in the next video. 5. Final Project & Summary: all right, so now it's time to put all those new skills to the test. Keep in mind, harmony is a long process to learn, especially have come starting from scratch. So don't beat yourself up. Just use the exercises outlined in the prior videos and spend a few hours practicing. Make sure to record yourself because it's the best way to hear the progress that you're making Now Remember, the first tap to really looting the harmony is to know what the melody is. We all know the melody of Happy Birthday, but if you need to freshen up, there's a link below to recording. Listen to and sing along with. Once you feel like you've got the melody down, then die ventilating heart that you been mind that you'll want to match timing and pronunciation. The recording of the melody you'll be singing along to on Also to record yourself a slightly softer volume informality as harmonies air often soft, you may not get every note right and maybe really tempted to jump on the melody, and that's okay. Any progress is for practice. I've included the full version below a reporting of just the harmony recording of just now that we've discussed the basics of harmonizing, it's your turn to give it a try, have fun and enjoy.