how to sing VOCAL HARMONY!


Hey, Saher Galt here with a singing
lesson video for you and in this one we’re going to talk
about singing vocal harmony. We’re going to do a few beginning
exercises 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, vocal
harmony is where multiple singers will sing different melodies at the same time
and when it’s done right it can sound otherworldly. In learning to do it one of
the first things we have to overcome is the tendency to unconsciously match what
the other singers are doing rather than sing our own part. The trick is really just getting the
brain used to hearing one thing while you’re singing another. That’s what we’re
going to practice now. First let’s get a melodic interval in
your ear – a two note melody. We’re going to sing this: AH, AH I’m going to play it a few times with you
on 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 down
you’re going to sing the same thing one more time. On the first note I’m going to
match you and on the second note we’re going to
harmonize. Again sing exactly what you’ve been singing. Here we go: AH Now hopefully you’re able to stay on
course and sing the same melody that you had been singing, even though our
melodies diverged. I stayed on the same note you jumped up to the upper note. If you
succeeded then you just harmonized. The next step is to be able to find your
harmony notes not by repetition but by ear. How this is
going to work is I’m going to play the lower note while its ringing I want you to try and imagine the upper
note. Once you’ve got it firmly in your mind sing it the second time I play the lower
note and that should sound like this: OK, got the idea? Here is the lower
note: Now imagine that upper note. I’m going to
play it again and you sing the upper note. Did you get it? You ought to have been
singing this upper note: Let’s try that one more time somewhere
else. We’re going to do the same interval, the
same distance, but from a different starting note. This one: Now try to conjure that same two note
melody 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 and
singing them all. It also has the nice side benefit of helping you sing in tune
better. For more on that check out my singing lessons. OK. so we’ve practiced singing a pitch
other than the one we’re hearing and finding a harmony note by ear. The next step is stringing multiple
harmony notes together. So this will be our main melody: And the harmony part you’re going to
sing is parallel harmony. You’re going to sing in the same
direction but spaced a distance apart. Your part sounds like this: You sing it just with the piano: OK, now I’m going to sing the main melody, you sing that harmony part. For this pass will give you the piano Now you sing the same thing again but
it’s just you and me no piano reference. If you’re finding that challenging you
can go back over it a few more times but let’s move on to something that sounds
more like harmony singing. First let’s lay down a backing track. Now I’ll sing a main melody over the
top. Let me loop that. Now it’s time to sing harmony over the top. Here it is again: Now just you and the main melody: In case you lost it: Last time: Alright you’re off to a good start and
singing vocal harmony. Make sure you subscribe so you catch my
future videos and as always thanks for watching I’m Saher Galt I’ll see you next time.