How to Sing Harmony

How to Sing Harmony
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Are you interested in singing harmony? If you are, there are simple exercises that you have to perform. Creating the best harmony can be hard and takes time but, with the right skills and training, you can achieve your goal.

If you have a piano and a recording device, you can start doing the exercises.

  • First, set the device to begin recording.
  • Next, play any note on the piano.
  • Listen to the note and sing it.
  • Repeat this for about 15 minutes, varying the notes randomly as you go.
  • Finally, stop the recorder and listen to what you have done.

It is next to impossible to sing the all of the notes perfectly. The recorded exercise can reveal a lot of things about singing in harmony. You need to take note of the piano sound, your voice, pitch, and the moods that were created. The notes affect the mood, an important consideration for singing harmony.

Another option would be to listen to your favorite music and work on the harmonies. Once again, you have to record this exercise. The recorder will serve as the source of feedback that you can use to improve your voice and singing skills.

Training the ear is a very important exercise. You can learn how to sing better harmony by identifying resonance and dissonance in music. For starters, you must avoid dissonant sounds. Learning to sing harmony generally requires singing in a group. In a group setting, each singer contributes to the success of the whole. Oftentimes, this collaboration leads to creating the best music. A church or community choir is a very good example of a group for whom singing harmony is very important. If you want to develop harmony singing skills, becoming a member of a local choir is a good first step.

Also consider hiring a reputed music teacher. While this can mean additional cost on your part, it may be the fastest way to learn how to sing harmony. Good teachers in your area generally have their information online. You can also ask for referrals. Singing harmony is a skill that can’t be mastered in a matter of hours. It will usually take several days, weeks, or even months depending on your progress.

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