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uke142464
07-18-2008, 05:42 AM
i want to do a cover of im yours and im trying to add harmony in some spots but I find it nearly impossible any tips?:confused:

UKISOCIETY
07-18-2008, 07:01 AM
i want to do a cover of im yours and im trying to add harmony in some spots but I find it nearly impossible any tips?:confused:

I listen to the original recording over and over again and mimic the harmonies until I'm comfortable with it. If you're adding harmonies that don't exist in the original, I'd sing over the recording over and over to hear what worked best.

Time consuming? you bet! But it's worth it if your final product sounds great!
Good luck!

:)

DanTelles
07-18-2008, 09:38 AM
It's either usually going to be the 1 3rd or 5th. On occasion it will be the 4th or some other pitch but those are good ones to go by so just base the pitch your trying to harmonize to and try those. Hope that helps

TokyoUketarist
07-18-2008, 12:58 PM
It's either usually going to be the 1 3rd or 5th. On occasion it will be the 4th or some other pitch but those are good ones to go by so just base the pitch your trying to harmonize to and try those. Hope that helps

Just make sure you're in the right key also. For example if the key is C major and the note you're harmonizing is C then the third will be E. But if it's C minor then the third will be Eb. ;)

DanTelles
07-18-2008, 01:38 PM
Just make sure you're in the right key also. For example if the key is C major and the note you're harmonizing is C then the third will be E. But if it's C minor then the third will be Eb. ;)

Good point I forgot to mention about minor keys. Just take the chord and pick notes out of the chord that your trying to sing other than the pitch already given. That usually works if you know what your key and what the note itself is. (Piano/Keyboards work wonders ;))

Plainsong
07-18-2008, 04:14 PM
Ya know, with harmonizing it's the one time I throw all the theory stuff out the window. Not that knowing your intervals (3rds, 4ths, 5ths..) is a bad thing at all. And if you were writing it out, knowing the key is a good start, not disagreeing in the slightest. :)

I just listen to it over and over and think about what would sound cool with it. And don't be afraid to sound really bad while figuring it out. :)

If you want practice harmonizing, harmonize-along with The Beatles for a while. They broke no "rules" (that I can think of off the top of my head), and their harmonies were (usually) not boring.

But if you're past the need to practice, then just listen and don't be afraid to mess up. You'll stumble on something cool eventually. :)

MonMon87
08-21-2008, 11:25 AM
Usually harmonies are 3rds or 6ths but for this song in particular jason mraz uses a mix. Just keep listening for the harmony and do it slow...sing the chorus harmony with the song over and over and over. Although I know that sometimes the harmonies on recordings are a bit quiet and its hard to hear them. Heres our version of I'm yours:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdKq1lLtmJY

we do the harmony pretty loud so maybe it'll be easier for you to hear it from there.

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MisoHappy
02-05-2009, 05:52 PM
If I can't hit an octave higher, I usually try to fluctuate a bit to find the right note. It sounds ridiculous, but it sure works

Pippin
02-15-2009, 11:44 AM
Hitting an octave higher makes for a fatter sound, but it is not necessarily a good harmony.

I have done what is called "woodshedding" for over forty years. It is where you have a lead vocal and then harmonies are added and there are lots of improvisations. I sang barbershop for a while and what bored me about it was that I had to stick with an arrangement. I'd rather come up with harmonies in my head and just sing what I feel. The real trick is not being off key. It takes practice.

To learn, though, there are some very easy songs, like the old classic "You Are My Sunshine" and similar. A pretty simple lead vocal makes it easy to add a baritone, bass, tenor, and more.

Irish songs are very easy that way, pretty much a simple lead vocal joined in the chorus by two or three other voices.

Here is an example called "Jug of Punch":

http://www.tricornpublications.com/music/jug_of_punch.mp3

This sort of arrangement makes finding harmonies very easy.