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FDP Forum / Sing, Sing, Sing! - Vocalist's Forum / Sibling Harmony Vocals-Better than anything else...?

tc7
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United States

Mar 5th, 2008 04:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think siblings singing harmony has a certain something that takes the sound _way_ above unrelated people singing together.

What's up with that?

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Mar 6th, 2008 01:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Perhaps not noted for it, Liam and Noel Gallagher's harmonies are really good.

But it's not always the case. I try to harmonise with my brother, but it's not quite as good. Then again, I've been the weakest link many times.

larryguitar19

united states

larryguitar
Mar 7th, 2008 02:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Carpenters? The Osmonds? The Partridge Family?

Hmmm...Call me crazy but honestly I can't say I'm a big fan.

tc7
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United States

Mar 7th, 2008 03:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I thought the Cowsills were pretty amazing.

The Partridges might get DQed since they weren't actually related.

silverface68
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usa/ Northwest IN

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Mar 7th, 2008 05:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I could see that the fact you`ve been harmonizing with your sibling your whole life might give an advantage........

tc7
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Mar 7th, 2008 05:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There's that.

But I think there might also be sort of a cellular level genetic thing... such that the voices sound the same because they listen to the mom & dad sing and talk.

And that's what I think may make it so special. Genetic similarity, hearing the same vocal models and then singing together for years and years... so they get this ESP.

When I hear some of those folks sing together, it's just spooky good.

silverface68
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usa/ Northwest IN

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Mar 7th, 2008 10:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You`re scaring me, tc7............

tc7
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United States

Mar 8th, 2008 11:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

OK... I'll stop now. ;-)

jazz-singer

Arizona, USA

Mar 8th, 2008 05:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I always liked singing with my brother. There was a certain "magic" to it. Sometimes I would sing lead on the verse and then he would sing lead on the chorus with me singing harmony. His voice is a bit lower and deeper than mine, but it always worked well... except when he decided NOT to sing on the chorus and there was just harmony!

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Mar 8th, 2008 07:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I grew up in a parsonage with two younger brothers. People used to like it when we sang trios. I didn't think we were all that great.

We really need to start recording our Christmas jams. We get together every year to play Beatle songs. The best we ever sounded singing harmony was on "If I Needed Someone."

I remember seeing the Beach Boys on the Mike Douglas show. They sang "Their Hearts Were Full of Spring" a capella. It was great.

It was Carl, Mike, Bruce, and Al. No brothers. (Okay, a set of cousins)

larryguitar19

united states

larryguitar
Mar 8th, 2008 10:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"The Partridges... weren't actually related."

I'm shocked. And disappointed.


Gaukdawg

Ohio

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Jun 4th, 2008 04:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We have 2 brothers in our band and they harmonize really well. We focus on vocals and have 5 people that sing, so when and where we can, we use all the voices we can.

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tonycaster

USA/Atlanta

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May 3rd, 2010 01:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There's certainly something going on at the genetic level in sibling harmonies. Not only the physical similarities in voice box construction, but growing up in the same house listening to the same recordings.

I sang with a couple of brothers and we had some rich three part harmonies. We had grown up together with the oldest brother turning us on to the same singers. Though I wasn't a blood relative, we considered ourselves brothers.

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May 22nd, 2010 02:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It all comes down to practice, and knowing your co-vocalists' phrasing habits.

Check out Los Lonely Boys. They harmonize as well as any group on record. And they do pull it off live. They're the real deal.

Chris-K

MD, USA

Jul 15th, 2010 04:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Listen to the Bee Gees. The end of the thread.

Rasmuth

Upstate NY, USA

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Oct 12th, 2010 09:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Always thought the Beatles harmonies were about the best ever...though the Everly Bros. are pretty tight and sound amazing.

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Nov 5th, 2010 09:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Our local home boys, Los Lonely Boys (I first heard of them in Austin and thought they had the stupidest band name I had ever heard of, another band I thought that about was Lynard Skynard). I am working on "Heaven" and am the only one singing in the band. The way they start out each verse is kind of bad to do as a solo vocalist since they so nicely harmonise the beginnings. They sing harmony very naturally and have for years. Henry and JoJo are amazing musicians.

Gesekki

London, England

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Dec 10th, 2010 08:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I find I prefer close harmonies with voices that share a similar timbre - some duet songs (i.e. those that feature a male and a female) can sound too different, they just don't seem to have any shared tones, causing it to sound disjointed and awkward.

Siblings, on the other hand, may share a lot of genetic "shape" (for want of a better knowledge of anatomy) - perhaps the vocal cords are quite alike, as facial features can be. This leads to a nice tight blend where they share characteristics.

The Wilson brothers and the Followills (Kings of Leon) are two examples I've heard recently.

Just my theory anyway.

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