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FDP Forum / Sing, Sing, Sing! - Vocalist's Forum / harmony required?

Tony F

Downtown USA

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May 28th, 2014 03:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As a geezer in my day if you couldn't do vocal harmony you weren't considered a singer today I know of plenty of people fronting bands that don't have the ear for harmony. Would like to hear from others on this.

edited to add video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPN53PHDwe4

(This message was last edited by Tony F at 05:45 PM, May 28th, 2014)

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Let's stick to drinking songs in unison
May 28th, 2014 03:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That was a gripe of mine from way back. I worked with more vocalists who couldn't harmonize than did. I remember endless rehearsals where I'd show them note for note. Have them repeat it. By the time we got to the part in the song they were singing like Lucy Ricardo an octave up from the lead vocal. Then I joined a band that did a lot of Motown and Stax, and everyone sang harmony. It was glorious.

It doesn't compute to me that harmonies are absent from a singer's ear. Yeah, some come more naturally depending on the melody, but it just seems bizarre when one can't find an interval, understand it and feel it. I loved being able to just say, "ok, I'll do the 3rd" and everyone knew what that meant.

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May 28th, 2014 04:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm no lead vocalist, but I've always been able to harmonise. I even "hear" harmonies in songs where there aren't any. ;-)

Comes in handy when we do Eagles/ Poco/ CSNY/ Byrds covers.

heynorm

Omaha, USA

Jul 7th, 2014 01:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Or, when your drummer "thinks" he's singing harmony, but just doubling your lead.
Growing up in Lutheran churches and grade schools you had no choice but to learn harmony parts! My wife and daughter can hear harmony, but can't sing them, just melody. (sigh)

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Upstate NY, USA

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Oct 7th, 2014 09:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It can cause strife in a band where there are two lead vocalists and one has no ear for harmony. Make that WWIII, if they're both female. No, honey, I didn't sign up to be your backup all the time.

I've been in that band.

Blessed with a good harmo ear myself, if a thin and inconsistent voice. I think if you have it, it's incomprehensible that somebody who can heard a lead can't hear a harmony.

Our lead singer told me, "It's all those years you spent playing third trumpet." Probably something to that, although I wouldn't rule out innate ability being involved.

shunka

Willoughby, OH , USA

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Oct 8th, 2014 03:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Mom and Aunt ( her sister ) used to sing harmony around the house when I was a child, so I was exposed to it at an early age. Never really sink in until I hit my teens. It's still easy for another part to drag me off pitch, so I do have a problem. One of my other problems is that I "hear" harmonies that aren't there, i.e. I sometime s find myself trying to stack a Major 7 on top of a root and 3rd.

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Oct 8th, 2014 03:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was backup/harmony on 80% and lead vocalist on 20% of my old band's songs back in the day. I was lucky to work with an excellent vocalist. And he was willing to do backup vocals for me.

The backup stuff was more fun than the harmonies--bass/baritone on one song, tenor harmony on the next, then a falsetto part.

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Merrill, Wisconsin

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Apr 10th, 2015 01:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

In jr high and high school in the mid 60's we were taught to sing harmony.

In my first band, all 5 of us sang, and we worked out harmonies and got very good at it. We weren't the best players, but we could sing and harmonize.

I just kept it up over the years. Most bands I've been in at least one person could find a harmony, and I would just listen to what they sang, and grab another harmony. It was always easy, but only because I had years of practice.

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