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Unread 09-23-2001, 08:51 PM   #1
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harmony, melody.....?!?!?!

k.....i play guitar and am starting to lead/guitar for my youth worship band. i kinda just do backup vocals cause we needed a guy vocal....i dont got the greatest voice and still am searchin for a little confidence. but can anyone tell me harmony and melody and everything is. i have like no practially no clue...so any help would do.

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Unread 09-27-2001, 02:47 PM   #2
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Just think to yourself, Piano,Keyboard (whatever) plays the melody, The Bass guitar plays the harmony if you can sing along the same lines as either of them, you'll have it alot easier. And remember. less is more! Don't try to sing like Matt Redman just cause your doing his song. Just try to be you... And Less Is More!
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Unread 09-29-2001, 10:58 AM   #3
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i always wondered harmony/melody too.

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Unread 10-02-2001, 03:38 PM   #4
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good explanation...let me add that harmony is a half step above or below melody (aka what everyone else sings). It takes a pretty good ear to pick out harmony parts..so unless your confident with them, stick to melody. It's easier and you're less likely to go off key.
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Unread 10-03-2001, 03:57 PM   #5
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Originally posted by ashley
good explanation...let me add that harmony is a half step above or below melody (aka what everyone else sings).
Actually, harmony isn't any specific interval, but the most common harmonies are 3rds, 5ths and octaves.

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Unread 10-04-2001, 06:02 PM   #6

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Harmonies, basically work at any interval, even 1st and 7th, which create a dissonence. It takes a lot of practice to be able to make up a nice sounding harmony on the spot, but it is very satisfying.
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Unread 10-14-2004, 02:19 PM   #7
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Can you give me any advice on singing harmony? I can sing a lead part fine(well on key), but when I try singing above or below it, I tend to gravitate toward the melody line. I play guitar and I understand the theory behind the harmony, but can't always hear what I'm supposed to be singing. I know people that sing great harmony, but they can't tell me how they do it.
I understand about what my voice should be doing, but I don't hear the result well.
I record myself singing the melody, then try to sing a second above and record the result. Sometimes I think I hit it right but when I play it back, it's back on the melody in spots. Any advice on how to listen to what I'm sing and what I'm singing with, and how to stay with it?
I would appreciate any and all help.

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