Learn How to Sing Harmony by Ear
"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.
"Great CDs, great teacher: I've already learned more about singing harmony than I have in the last 5 years." Ruth C.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!"
I learned how to sing harmonies by ear by singing along with Beatles songs when I was a kid, and while singing around the campfire at girl scout camp. When I studied music theory in college, I learned the actual mechanics of how to find harmonies. That helped me when I started teaching singers how to hear and sing harmonies, which I’ve been doing for over 25 years. During that time I realized that my method worked very well, even for singers who could never hear or sing harmonies before. I recorded Harmony Singing By Ear to help as many budding harmonizers as possible.
On Harmony Singing By Ear, I use two complementary methods to teach you how to harmonize by ear. After going over some quick music theory basics, I walk you through how to find the upper and lower harmony parts for eight songs. I sing those same harmonies on music tracks. On these tracks, the vocal parts are mixed to two different speakers—so you can pan to one speaker and just hear your 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 voice or voices they hear, making it easier to stay on their part. More confident harmonizers can sing without the guide vocals. If you just want to learn and sing the harmony parts you can skip the instructional tracks, go right to the music and vocal tracks, and pan your speakers to the right to learn the harmony part for each song. If you want to learn how to find and sing 2-part and 3-part harmonies on your own, listen and sing with all of the tracks in order. My step-by-step method explains the process clearly.
Though much of Harmony Singing By Ear focuses on the how-tos of parallel harmonizing above and below a melody, you’ll also learn about call-response, blue note, chromatic and block chord harmonies. Music tracks without vocals are also included so you can practice your part "without the training wheels". Plus, I included exercises to build your harmonizing skills, as well as advice on how to polish your 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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If you're looking for something a bit more difficult than Harmony Singing By Ear, please check out my follow-up to it: More Harmony Singing By Ear.
- 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
Melodies: F# below middle C to A above middle C– alto/high tenor range
Upper harmonies: A below middle C to C above middle C–alto/soprano range
Lower harmonies: D below middle C to 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.
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"This CD set is awesome! Susan's instructions are very clear and easy to understand."
"I sing in a band and was previously never able to sing harmony at all. I went through your Harmony Singing by Ear program and I am now singing harmony on all of the songs that I am not singing lead on. I attribute all of my success to you."
"I haven't made it through all three CDs yet, but I've already learned SO much about music theory and harmonic structure. All my years of singing finally MAKE SENSE! It's like I've finally been able to unlock the secret codes of music and it's been driving me crazy not knowing."
"I have been writing and performing my own music since I was 10 years old. I really thought that I didn't have an ear for harmonizing. Come to find out I just didn't have the right teacher. Susan Anders' 3 CD set 'Harmony Singing by Ear' is an excellent way to learn how to harmonize. It's clear, fun and easy and for the beginner as well as the more experienced singer."
"I just happened upon your 3-cd set Harmony Singing by Ear, bought it, and I'm *loving* it!! I never knew that I had a good ear for harmony, and, I do, apparently, once you explained the principles!! Thanks so much for such a user-friendly CD. My 8 year old loves it, too."
"I have not had anyone be able to teach me how to harmonize properly, or in a way that made sense. I have not even yet gotten through the first disk of "Harmony Singing By Ear," but I can tell you this is just what I needed. It's great, easy to understand and follow."
"Great CDs! The lessons are just what one needs to learn to sing harmony. Very helpful for a person who does not sing harmony naturally or has no clue of how to find the harmony parts."
"Harmony Singing by Ear" instills confidence. Your teaching method allows me to make immediate use of what I've learned. I highly recommend all of your instructional CDs."
"These CDs have enabled me to learn not only some of the basics of music theory, but also how to sing harmony to some really great songs."
"I just wanted to write you a quick note and tell you how much I've learned from Harmony Singing by Ear. I'm in an R&B band that works every weekend and your CD set has given me confidence not only as a harmony singer but also when I sing lead. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!"