Harmonizing Singing Lesson

by Luciana Segovia

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  • Hello GMC. Today we will talk about harmonization. This is a great tool for guitar players which commonly sing the backing vocals in their bands. The backing vocals can harmonize the main voice in thirds, fifths, sixths and octaves. In this lesson we’ll work with thirds which is the most used harmonization.
    When you harmonize a melody in thirds you have to know the key of the song and use diatonic thirds. What do I mean?
    Let’s suppose that we are working in a song in Bm key. The vocal melody would be composed with B minor (Aeolian) scale. (Bm – C# - D – E – F# - G – A). When the main voice sings B note, the second voice would harmonize it singing D note. And then if the first voice sings the E note, the second voice would play a G.
    It sounds to be so difficult but when your ear is trained you don’t have to think about the scale and the notes, you’ll find the sound of the third in you mind.

    I recorded for this lesson a main melody with its harmonization. Try to copy each one of the voices and practice singing one voice while I’m singing the other voice. (Use the backing tracks or the other parts of this lesson to do it).

    In the second part of the second video Gabriel (GMC Guitar Instructor) recorded the same melody harmonized with two guitars. You’ll find the tabs and guitar pro file of this guitars in this lesson so you could practice playing one voice in guitar and the other singing.



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