Backing vocals harmonies

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by GhostOf1672, Nov 9, 2006.

  1. GhostOf1672

    GhostOf1672 Guest

    I have tried and tried again and tried a bit more and then i tried again but I can't seem to make any good backing vocals. I searched the internet but there is not very much information about it.. seems like a secret that you either know about or don't. :)

    I saw one tip about just raising the pitch 2 half note steps but it seems that doesn't work as a general plan since sometimes the notes of the backing vocals then end up "outside" the scale. So i reckon they have to be adjusted to notes that actually are in the scale but it still doesn't sound too well.

    I also tried just singing the notes of the chords but that ends up with a backing track that sounds like a voice organ.

    Are there any other techniques you recommend? I'd like to have the same kind of hamonies like in the songs of Teenage Fanclub, for example.. eventhough i know we won't be able to sing that well.. :) We have no problem staying in pitch though.. so there ought to be a way. The question is just how..
  2. MilesAway

    MilesAway Guest

    The obvious anwser is just practice practice practice. Cover a few songs with lots of harmonies in them and get used to singing in harmony. Once you get a feel for it, they're pretty easy to come up with by-ear most of the time.

    Theoretically speaking, yeah - you generally want to stay in the same key as the song. Further more, you'll often find that you're singing notes found in the underlying chords.

    ie: If you have a (B - D - C#) melody over a (G - D - A) progression, you might sing (G - F# - E) or (D - A - A) as a harmony line. All notes from both the melody and harmony are found in the chords and will 'fit' to the ear. This is a good starting place, even if it can sound like - as you said - a vocal organ. The more you practice singing them, the easier it gets to become more and more creative.
  3. sibleypeck

    sibleypeck Guest

    Ghost. What have you learned about backing vocals in the past two months?
  4. Dozer

    Dozer Active Member

    Nov 21, 2006
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    Or you could try Celemony Melodyne. Its a quick way, but nothing like a good harmony
  5. vdrummer

    vdrummer Active Member

    Jan 21, 2007
    How about TC Helicon Voice Live or other similar harmonizing products, I think the Voice Live is a great product doesn't sound mechanical to me.

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