Harmony Singing by Ear
"If you are a frustrated harmony singer, this method will change your life." Karena J.
One, two, or more singers can learn two and three-part harmony singing with this step-by-step method for learning how to sing harmonies above and below a melody. Tens of thousands of singers have learned how to harmonize with Susan Anders' method—it's a download or 3-CD set, and includes 3 1/2 hours of harmony singing lessons and fully produced music tracks, with and without guide vocals.
"I've been singing and teaching harmony for a long time now, and I must say that these CD's are the best I've come across. They are not overloaded with theory and musical jargon, which makes it easy for the non-musicians to follow. Great choice of songs, too." Duklon S.
"This CD set is awesome! Susan's instructions are very clear and easy to understand." Victoria C.
"I'm in an R&B band that works every weekend, and your method has given me confidence not only as a harmony singer but also when I sing lead. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!" Tommy D.
Harmony Singing By Ear uses two complementary methods to teach singers how to harmonize by ear. After reviewing some music theory basics, instructional sections walk you through how to find the upper and lower harmony parts for eight songs. Those same harmonies are sung on music tracks. On these tracks the vocal parts are mixed to different speakers--singers can pan to one speaker and just hear their part, pan to the middle and hear both parts, or pan to the other speaker to practice with the other part. Singers using headphones or earbuds can just pull one phone or earbud away from one ear for the same effect. In this way, beginning harmonizers can control how much or how little of the other voices they hear, making it easier to stay on their part. More confident harmonizers can sing without the guide vocals. Singers who simply want to learn and sing the harmony parts can skip the instructional tracks, go right to the music and vocal tracks, and pan their speakers to the right to learn the harmony part for each song.
Though much of Harmony Singing By Ear focuses on how to sing parallel harmonies above and below a melody, singers will also learn about call-response, blue note, chromatic and block chord harmonies. Music tracks without vocals are also included so singers can practice their parts "without the training wheels". Plus, there are supplementary sections including exercises to build one's harmonizing skills and advice on how to polish harmony parts. The songs range in style from pop to R&B to folk to modern rock to jazz.
Skill Level: Beginning to Intermediate. The early songs are very easy, the later songs increase in difficulty.
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alto/high tenor range
Upper Harmonies: A below middle C—C above middle C:
Lower Harmonies: D below middle C—F# above middle C:
baritone/tenor/low alto range
All parts can be sung an octave above or below the harmonies on the CD to allow lower and higher singers to join in. How to do this is explained on CD #1.
- Chapel of Love
- Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
- I Can See Clearly Now
- Angel From Montgomery
- Bring It On Home To Me
- One of Us
- Walk Away Renee