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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:00 am    Post subject: Whats the easiest way to find a harmony? Reply with quote

whether it be harmonizing guitars or finding a singing harmony, for some reason or another my ears will naturally take the pitch to an octave.
This is really frustrating to me.

There has been multiple occasions where I am in the studio listening to someone record vocals, and it's so easy for them to find a harmony on cue or when asked to add one. Is there some kind of technique I should start practicing?

what would be the easiest way to find a harmony? Thats basically my
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Study, and think in chords. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like you need to re-train your ears. I'd practice finding the 3rds and 5ths, staying completely away from octaves.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 4:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And sing lots of harmonies to what you hear on the radio and listen to in the car. If you have a car, I mean. Or a radio. Or something similar. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know how "correct" this is but...

If I can't find the harmony for a tune, I'll grab my guitar, find the note of the melody and pluck the first note of the chord then the next til I find the note I'm lookin for.

Then, because I can't sing worth a damn, I'll autotune the shit outta it and let er rip.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dog wrote:
I don't know how "correct" this is but...

If I can't find the harmony for a tune, I'll grab my guitar, find the note of the melody and pluck the first note of the chord then the next til I find the note I'm lookin for.


which is basically the same principal as seanmorse suggested ..... the vast majority of harmonies can be found as the 3rd and 5th.
There are PLENTY of exceptions but if you can just get to where you can find the 3rd and the 5th, you'll be on your way.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that's assuming you know what a 3rd and 5th are. Mr. Green

I just poke around on frets til I find something that works.

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