How To Sing Harmony – Discover How To Start Singing Harmony

Have you ever tried singing harmonies with someone or along with the radio and it…well, just didn’t come out quite right? In this article I’m going to give you the tools you need in order to start learning how to sing harmony. You will learn the following three things in this article…

  • How singing harmony can become a career
  • What harmony notes are based on
  • How to Sing Harmony

You can sing harmony with someone whether you have the voice to be a lead singer or not, but if you want to be a singing but don’t necessarily have a voice that cuts through, or is particular unique or has a ton of power, then you might want to consider singing harmony as a career. There is no shame in this, and it could be a way to open up a ton of opportunities that might not otherwise be there. Having a voice that doesn’t cut through is actually a good thing when it comes to singing harmonies, because it will complement the lead vocal rather than overshadowing it. If you want to find a place for your voice, this could be it.

Now, I realize that you, like most others, would probably rather be a lead singer, but would also like to learn how to sing harmony. So, this could be an option while you are learning to improve your voice, as well.

How To Sing Harmony – Picking Out The Harmony

Okay, let’s talk about how to pick out and sing harmony. The lead vocal will be singing the melody, which is a sequence of notes that are based on the chord that is playing on the guitar, piano or whatever. The harmony comes from the notes that are in the cord that are not in the melody. The cord is based on what is called a triad, triad because it’s three notes. And those notes are Do Re Me Fa So La Te Do. So the triad (three) notes that make up the chord are the Do, the Me and the So. Those main three notes makes up the main notes for the chord and the main chord for the song.

So, I know that might be a little confusing but stick with me here for a minute. If you play the chord on any instrument, you have all the other notes in that chord that are options for you to sing along with the main melody, and they will all work as harmony notes.

Here Is A Great Program For Learning How To Sing Harmony

This is another great program by Brett Manning and a bunch of grammy award winning artists.  It is a step-by-step program that teaches you how to find and sing harmony like a pro.  It includes a DVD and 4 CDs…it’s really the best program out there for learning how to master harmony.

As the melody changes notes, you can change the note along with it and follow with the harmony note that ascends in the same direction. And you don’t necessarily need to follow along and change that notes in the same direction. That’s the cool thing about harmonies is that you have a lot of freedom with when to sing which notes. As long as the notes are within the cord, you can really sing whichever ones you want along with any of the melody notes.

Now, while that is true, some definitely sound better than others, so you can try a few different ones and see which notes sound the best in each given phrase or section. And, you can even sing some notes outside of the chord that will fit and give it a different kind of sound. Now, it’s best to wait until you have some degree of comfort with the notes inside of the chord first. But I just wanted to give you an idea of the kind of freedom that you have when it comes to singing harmony.

Now a lot of that is the technical way to finding and singing harmonies and know where they come from, which is great for the more techie readers or those who already play an instrument. But you may be more of a pick it up by ear type person, someone who just kind of stumbles into it and picks it up along the way. So, now that you have some of the technical background, maybe you can experiment with it now with a little more understanding.

That’s kind of how it was for me. At first I just listened along to songs that had harmony singers singing loudly enough to the melody that I could pick them out and hear them clearly. Then I would just sing along with the harmonies, trying to block out the melody from my ear, which is often the difficult part at first. I kept flipping over and singing the melody line. But after a while I began to be able to hear the melody, block it out enough and make my voice follow along to the harmony notes.

From there I tried adding my own harmonies to lead melodies, very simple ones at first. I had a little success at first, but the more I experimented with it, the more I got it. And then one day it just clicked, and it became easy. I just started hearing the harmony notes and being able to sing them intuitively. But it took that experimentation period for me to get there.

The best way to go about trying all this out is to take a song one phrase or sentence at a time rather than trying to do a whole song. In fact, you would be better off just taking one or two words at a time and going from there. Keep trying, and you will get it. Don’t give up!

Aaron Anastasi