Totally Harmony Plus

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TheBrimLEVEL 81

Edited post by TheBrimGOLD

Welcome To Totally Harmony Plus

For those that to love listen and/or sing harmony with yourself or others.

!!THIS IS NOT A CONTEST!!.

This thread is for those that love listen and sing harmony, to learn from each other and ask questions or leave comments on how to get the most out of your recordings

Please feel free to post songs that you have either sang harmony with yourself or others.

So what Is Harmony?
Music consists of three main elements—melody, rhythm, and harmony. While the first two are typically accountable for making a piece of music memorable—think of the opening motif of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, or Timbaland’s synth lick on the Jay-Z song “Dirt Off Your Shoulder”—it’s the third element, harmony, that can elevate a piece from common and predictable to challenging and sophisticated.

Harmony is the composite product when individual musical voices group together to form a cohesive whole. Think of an orchestra: the flute player may be playing one note, the violinist plays a different note, and the trombonist plays yet a different note. But when their individual parts are heard together, harmony is created.

When listen to a song or someone singing if you are only hearing the harmony part alone many times you will think it sounds off or to be blunt just sounds bad. But if heard together with the lead parts it can be outstanding. I know people that only sing harmony and when alone it sounds like there is something missing, It's the same with instruments.

Like when our kids are in band and at home learning their part. I know for me I would think"oh no, he/she is never going to get it" but when they play at school with all the rest of the kids your are filled with pride as you hear the finished product with all the kids doing their part.

It is the same when singing harmony the end product can make the listener feel every note. Harmony is not as easy as we think it is and not for everyone but anyone can do it with a little practice. It's not the same as singing in unison for sure but once we understand what it is it can be so much fun to do.

When recording on SingSnap there are a few things that can make or break a recording when it comes to doing harmonies. The 2 main things are the timing and volume of the recording we are laying down over the original recording.

These are also the same issues many of us face when recording on SingSnap or any other site like this one be it a lead vocal or harmony part. If you have a question about how this works please feel free to ask. We are not here to judge anyone only to help you be happier with your recordings.

TheBrimLEVEL 81

Reply by TheBrimGOLD

To get this started LOL

This is one I did a few days ago with 5 parts on the same song.

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/c195fd9b7

Annie_MusicLEVEL 104

Reply by Annie_MusicGOLD

Great thread Brim
Enjoyed your tune

TheBrimLEVEL 81

Reply by TheBrimGOLD

One more I did a week or so back that has 5 total layers

After all this time

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/b26441077

OriginalsLEVEL 74

Reply by OriginalsGOLD

Tinypumpkin

Reply by TinypumpkinGOLD

Christmas in July: O Holy Night!

Yup great thread!
Thank you for sharing this; I’m still struggling with harmony.
Learned something here and it’s free.

knotheaduscLEVEL 68

Reply by knotheaduscGOLD

I did this one... "Only the Heart May Know"

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/watchandlisten/play/c8b4f6e5f

TheBrimLEVEL 81

Reply by TheBrimGOLD

This was simply amazing, thank you guys so much for sharing your talent with us.

Always
http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/b7638e3bfOriginals

TheBrimLEVEL 81

Reply by TheBrimGOLD

Oh WOW! love the range you have and the layering was spot on. Very nicely done

I did this one... "Only the Heart May Know"

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/watchandlisten/play/c8b4f6e5fknotheadusc

TheBrimLEVEL 81

Reply by TheBrimGOLD

Come on folks, I can't be the only one. Post up and show us what ya got

Time_Passages

Reply by Time_PassagesGOLD

Great thread and love the sharing so far. It may get moved to Challenges but will let SS make that call. Flagging to make sure I can easily visit again. Here's one from a lil' while back.

Dimming of the Day - Blind Boys of Alabama
http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/bf9e61901

ANN777

Edited reply by ANN777GOLD

Zippity Do Da!

Yup great thread!
Thank you for sharing this; I’m still struggling with harmony.
Learned something here and it’s free. Tinypumpkin

Helli sweetie how,are you? I am doing fine.
Just trying to do better at harmonyand Kevin is a good teacher.... great encouragement!

Tinypumpkin

Reply by TinypumpkinGOLD

Christmas in July: O Holy Night!

Yup great thread!
Thank you for sharing this; I’m still struggling with harmony.
Learned something here and it’s free. Tinypumpkin

Helli sweetie how,are you? I am doing fine.
Just trying to do better at harmonyand Kevin is a good teacher.... great encouragement!ANN777

Hey Sweetie!
I’m fine ty.
Yeah...this is a great thread.

ANN777

Reply by ANN777GOLD

Zippity Do Da!

What is next?

TheBrimLEVEL 81

Reply by TheBrimGOLD

What is next?ANN777

Just waiting for others to post up. Love to hear harmony

Heart_full_of_MusicLEVEL 68

Edited reply by Heart_full_of_MusicGOLD

Hello to all....

thank you for the invite to this page....I always loved good harmonies.....

and I love to do them myself....

here is one of my recordings with harmony, I hope you like it....
thank you all...hugs Pia

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/c09e6687f

and this one

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/watchandlisten/play/ba71b631f

knotheaduscLEVEL 68

Reply by knotheaduscGOLD

Here’s another. Two part on this, but it works well with four.

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/watchandlisten/play/b8665f057

I Love To Tell The Story.

ANN777

Reply by ANN777GOLD

Zippity Do Da!

Hello

See if you think I need to turn my voice down

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/c390efc8f

TheBrimLEVEL 81

Reply by TheBrimGOLD

Hello

See if you think I need to turn my voice down

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/c390efc8fANN777

Posted a few note in comments on this one for you.

Blessing to ya

ReyS_8519LEVEL 68

Reply by ReyS_8519GOLD

TheBrimLEVEL 81

Reply by TheBrimGOLD

Hi Everyone

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/b8801cd8d
http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/c07592c32

Thanks !ReyS_8519

Thanks for the tunes, both are really good.
Blessed we are.

Keep them coming

Time_Passages

Reply by Time_PassagesGOLD

I'm glad I caught this one earlier this year before Sarah went blue and lost some of her recordings.

I Can See Clearly Now
http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/b96ec3bed

TheBrimLEVEL 81

Reply by TheBrimGOLD

Very nicely done, thank you for dropping this off for us to enjoy

I'm glad I caught this one earlier this year before Sarah went blue and lost some of her recordings.

I Can See Clearly Now
http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/b96ec3bedTime_Passages

Heart_full_of_MusicLEVEL 68

Reply by Heart_full_of_MusicGOLD

Maybe you like this one too my friends...in harmony with my sisters and my accordion...

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/watchandlisten/play/cebc6ee75

Tell me what you think...

hugs Pia

Heart_full_of_MusicLEVEL 68

Reply by Heart_full_of_MusicGOLD

I'm glad I caught this one earlier this year before Sarah went blue and lost some of her recordings.

I Can See Clearly Now
http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/b96ec3bedTime_Passages

Very nice you both...and a very special harmony from the Girl...thanks for sharing

Pia

TheBrimLEVEL 81

Reply by TheBrimGOLD

Really good stuff, the only thing was I could say (not bad) was in the blending, I wish I could have heard a little more of the harmony as it seemed a little low but overall that was very good.
Thank you so much, Loved it

Blessing to ya

Maybe you like this one too my friends...in harmony with my sisters and my accordion...

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/watchandlisten/play/cebc6ee75

Tell me what you think...

hugs PiaHeart_full_of_Music

Heart_full_of_MusicLEVEL 68

Reply by Heart_full_of_MusicGOLD

Oh I have to thank you my friend, I had the same thoughts, as I listened to it yesterday, that the harmony was really low..have a nice day...

Write your bold text here...

Really good stuff, the only thing was I could say (not bad) was in the blending, I wish I could have heard a little more of the harmony as it seemed a little low but overall that was very good.
Thank you so much, Loved it

Blessing to ya

Maybe you like this one too my friends...in harmony with my sisters and my accordion...

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/watchandlisten/play/cebc6ee75

Tell me what you think...

hugs PiaHeart_full_of_Music

TheBrim

SamJonesLEVEL 68

Reply by SamJonesGOLD

Open Duet - Don't Cry Joni...

Hey All...

Kevin asked me to post this song I sang with him here. So, hope you like it.

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/watchandlisten/play/bc90ae7af

Also, I really like the idea of a harmony thread. I very much enjoy doing both melody and harmony on songs, so I look forward to posting more here, and to listening to what others post here as well.

Please have a good Sunday,
Sam

TheBrimLEVEL 81

Reply by TheBrimGOLD

Thank you Sam, I'm looking forward to hearing more from you.

BTW, I just heard you singing harmony with peggyjoy and wow! You should think about posting that one here as well.

I may or may not have already done a bass part on it with you guys LOL

Blessing to ya

Hey All...

Kevin asked me to post this song I sang with him here. So, hope you like it.

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/watchandlisten/play/bc90ae7af

Also, I really like the idea of a harmony thread. I very much enjoy doing both melody and harmony on songs, so I look forward to posting more here, and to listening to what others post here as well.

Please have a good Sunday,
SamSamJones

TheBrimLEVEL 81

Edited reply by TheBrimGOLD

OK I had to join in on this one.

As it stands there are 4 parts on this and each is as awesome as the next. OK all but the last one.

Will The Circle Be Unbroken

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/b7660fddf

First part- wynnem
Second part- peggyjoy
Third part- SamJones
Forth part I added a little bass

wellfieldLEVEL 68

Reply by wellfieldGOLD

The Everly Brothers
"Wellfield"
'Self Harmony'
*Bye' Bye' Love*
http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/c07730c0d

wellfieldLEVEL 68

Reply by wellfieldGOLD

OK I had to join in on this one.

As it stands there are 4 parts on this and each is as awesome as the next. OK all but the last one.

Will The Circle Be Unbroken

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/b7660fddf

First part- wynnem
Second part- peggyjoy
Third part- SamJones
Forth part I added a little bassTheBrim

Real nice job!

wellfieldLEVEL 68

Reply by wellfieldGOLD

Maybe you like this one too my friends...in harmony with my sisters and my accordion...

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/watchandlisten/play/cebc6ee75

Tell me what you think...

hugs PiaHeart_full_of_Music

very nice!

TheBrimLEVEL 81

Reply by TheBrimGOLD

Got to say this was GREAT, love the harmony you got going on with this old classic. Loved it!!!

Keep'm coming

The Everly Brothers
"Wellfield"
'Self Harmony'
*Bye' Bye' Love*
http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/c07730c0dwellfield

TheBrimLEVEL 81

Edited reply by TheBrimGOLD

TheBrimLEVEL 81

Reply by TheBrimGOLD

OK so who's up for a little fun?

This is a really fun song to do harmony on. I layed down the lead part and did 1 harmony part already and would love to build it from there.

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/baa22becf

If you would like to join in on it here's what we'll do.
First, post that you want in, and I'll add you to the list below. Once you have recorded you part either post it back on this thread or send me a link in PM and we can review for timing and blending (Mix) before adding to it.
Remember, When doing overlays the key to making a good recording is getting the mix right before adding to it. If it's not right once you have recorded over it there is nothing that can be done about it.

Once done and posted the next one in line can lay down there part and so on.

So whos next?
1.
2.
3.
4.
???

Lets have some fun with this or if there is a song any of you would like to do like this pitch it out here, I'm sure we all would love to jump in on them.

Lets make some sweet HARMONY

TheBrimLEVEL 81

Edited reply by TheBrimGOLD

OK so who's up for a little fun?

This is a really fun song to do harmony on. I layed down the lead part and did 1 harmony part already and would love to build it from there.

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/baa22becf

If you would like to join in on it here's what we'll do.
First, post that you want in, and I'll add you to the list below. Once you have recorded you part either post it back on this thread or send me a link in PM and we can review for timing and blending (Mix) before adding to it.
Remember, When doing overlays the key to making a good recording is getting the mix right before adding to it. If it's not right once you have recorded over it there is nothing that can be done about it.

Once done and posted the next one in line can lay down there part and so on.

So whos next?
1. SamJones- http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/b97c4f92f
2.
3.
4.
???

Lets have some fun with this or if there is a song any of you would like to do like this pitch it out here, I'm sure we all would love to jump in on them.

Lets make some sweet HARMONY

TheBrimLEVEL 81

Reply by TheBrimGOLD

Love this one from SueW5284 adding a layer to "Will The Circle Be Unbroken"

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/bdb55736f

Very nicely done Sue.

SamJonesLEVEL 68

Reply by SamJonesGOLD

Open Duet - Don't Cry Joni...

Whoeee.. check out THIS lady and her harmony... !!!

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/watchandlisten/play/bd775ef4f

TheBrimLEVEL 81

Reply by TheBrimGOLD

Thanks Sam, y s CJ can sure lay down sweet harmony for sure.

Whoeee.. check out THIS lady and her harmony... !!!

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/watchandlisten/play/bd775ef4fSamJones

wellfieldLEVEL 68

Reply by wellfieldGOLD

Whoeee.. check out THIS lady and her harmony... !!!

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/watchandlisten/play/bd775ef4fSamJones

Beautiful Harmony!

pls8xx

Reply by pls8xxGOLD

I never was that good at harmony, so maybe I should keep my mouth shut.

The standard harmony feature that SS gives us usually results in a mess if there are more than two or three different singers. As said at the beginning of this discussion ... "The 2 main things are the timing and volume of the recording we are laying down over the original recording."

I would add to that the sometimes incompatibility when some singers use heavy vocal effects and others use no effects at all. Then there is the issue of dynamics that are not compatible.

There is a way to solve all these problem. Each singer records their vocal track without the music or excessive effects. All of the vocal tracks are then sent to one person doing the mixing. The vocal tracks are loaded into a multi-track audio editor. Using EQ, compression, volume adjustment, timing adjustment, and mild effects, the vocals are made to sound good together. The finished vocal mix is then played into the SS recorder and the music is added in song review.

If there are 4 or 5 that would like to try harmony with the above studio process, I could provide the how-to instruction and the mixing.

I may not be good at singing harmony but I know somebody that did some great setups. one I did with her ....

All My Trials

TheBrimLEVEL 81

Reply by TheBrimGOLD

Great input, you are right about the type of equipment each of us use. It without a doubt differs greatly. Some good some not so good LOL. Not that the singing or the equipment is bad but many just don't know how to use it. kind of like having a car that will go 200mph, you only drive 65, no point in having it if you can't use it for what it was built for. Or having an Iphone that comes with 100 apps but we only us a few, the rest we don't have any idea what they are or how to use them so they are just there.

Thank you for the offer, I hope some of you take this offer up.

For me, part of the fun when I record is in getting the mix, timing and blend just right. there are some trick to doing this but I know from being a member and listening to 100s over the years many of us could put down much better recordings once we understand a few basic principles of how the site works. Building a recording one layer is fun for sure but again there are tricks to it so remember if you have any questions about how to get the best out of what we have to work with that what we are here for.

I never was that good at harmony, so maybe I should keep my mouth shut.

The standard harmony feature that SS gives us usually results in a mess if there are more than two or three different singers. As said at the beginning of this discussion ... "The 2 main things are the timing and volume of the recording we are laying down over the original recording."

I would add to that the sometimes incompatibility when some singers use heavy vocal effects and others use no effects at all. Then there is the issue of dynamics that are not compatible.

There is a way to solve all these problem. Each singer records their vocal track without the music or excessive effects. All of the vocal tracks are then sent to one person doing the mixing. The vocal tracks are loaded into a multi-track audio editor. Using EQ, compression, volume adjustment, timing adjustment, and mild effects, the vocals are made to sound good together. The finished vocal mix is then played into the SS recorder and the music is added in song review.

If there are 4 or 5 that would like to try harmony with the above studio process, I could provide the how-to instruction and the mixing.

I may not be good at singing harmony but I know somebody that did some great setups. one I did with her ....

All My Trialspls8xx

bingobirdieLEVEL 81

Reply by bingobirdiePATRON

I love duets, especially full harmony duets. Here is one I did with Tommy a bit ago. Hope you will enjoy it, Sandy

bingobirdie and BeaverCreek (Sandy and Tommy)
Till I Gain Control Again - Radney Foster
http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/c7aff148f

TheBrimLEVEL 81

Edited reply by TheBrimGOLD

TheBrimLEVEL 81

Edited reply by TheBrimGOLD

*************************************

Good morning everyone,

I'm thinking about doing a harmony challenge and would like to know if any of you would like to take part in something like that?
I would like to know before I put any more work on getting it together.

If you would please drop a note here or send me a PM to let me know.

**************************

knotheaduscLEVEL 68

Reply by knotheaduscGOLD

I'm kind of excited about this one!

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/watchandlisten/play/c07d684df

Me and me doing James Taylor and Carly Simon-- Devoted to you!

Heart_full_of_MusicLEVEL 68

Reply by Heart_full_of_MusicGOLD

Great input, you are right about the type of equipment each of us use. It without a doubt differs greatly. Some good some not so good LOL. Not that the singing or the equipment is bad but many just don't know how to use it. kind of like having a car that will go 200mph, you only drive 65, no point in having it if you can't use it for what it was built for. Or having an Iphone that comes with 100 apps but we only us a few, the rest we don't have any idea what they are or how to use them so they are just there.

Thank you for the offer, I hope some of you take this offer up.

For me, part of the fun when I record is in getting the mix, timing and blend just right. there are some trick to doing this but I know from being a member and listening to 100s over the years many of us could put down much better recordings once we understand a few basic principles of how the site works. Building a recording one layer is fun for sure but again there are tricks to it so remember if you have any questions about how to get the best out of what we have to work with that what we are here for.

I never was that good at harmony, so maybe I should keep my mouth shut.

The standard harmony feature that SS gives us usually results in a mess if there are more than two or three different singers. As said at the beginning of this discussion ... "The 2 main things are the timing and volume of the recording we are laying down over the original recording."

I would add to that the sometimes incompatibility when some singers use heavy vocal effects and others use no effects at all. Then there is the issue of dynamics that are not compatible.

There is a way to solve all these problem. Each singer records their vocal track without the music or excessive effects. All of the vocal tracks are then sent to one person doing the mixing. The vocal tracks are loaded into a multi-track audio editor. Using EQ, compression, volume adjustment, timing adjustment, and mild effects, the vocals are made to sound good together. The finished vocal mix is then played into the SS recorder and the music is added in song review.

If there are 4 or 5 that would like to try harmony with the above studio process, I could provide the how-to instruction and the mixing.

I may not be good at singing harmony but I know somebody that did some great setups. one I did with her ....

All My Trialspls8xx

TheBrim

Oh what is going on here....

I did songs with my friends a few years ago...where they send me their recordings via mail without music and effects..and I put them in my computer...I still use Magix Music Maker...and put them together....a hard and intense work...made video and loaded it up on youtube...the result ist here....

I let room for everyone to hear their voice in the foreground an then back in the choir...it was so much fun...
but I am still be happy to do little harmonysongs here in Singsnap....

have all a nice day

Heart_full_of_MusicLEVEL 68

Reply by Heart_full_of_MusicGOLD

OK so who's up for a little fun?

This is a really fun song to do harmony on. I layed down the lead part and did 1 harmony part already and would love to build it from there.

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/baa22becf

If you would like to join in on it here's what we'll do.
First, post that you want in, and I'll add you to the list below. Once you have recorded you part either post it back on this thread or send me a link in PM and we can review for timing and blending (Mix) before adding to it.
Remember, When doing overlays the key to making a good recording is getting the mix right before adding to it. If it's not right once you have recorded over it there is nothing that can be done about it.

Once done and posted the next one in line can lay down there part and so on.

So whos next?
1. SamJones- http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/b97c4f92f
2.
3.
4.
???

Lets have some fun with this or if there is a song any of you would like to do like this pitch it out here, I'm sure we all would love to jump in on them.

Lets make some sweet HARMONYTheBrim

Hmmmm,cannot listen to this...

pls8xx

Reply by pls8xxGOLD

I did songs with my friends a few years ago...where they send me their recordings via mail without music and effects..and I put them in my computer...I still use Magix Music Maker...and put them together....a hard and intense work...made video and loaded it up on youtube...the result ist here....

I let room for everyone to hear their voice in the foreground an then back in the choir...it was so much fun...
but I am still be happy to do little harmonysongs here in Singsnap....

Heart_full_of_Music

What you did for youtube was almost the same studio process I suggested for harmonies on SS. The one difference is that on SS we are not allowed to download the music. The voices are mixed and edited just as you did for the linked song, but the music gets added after the vocals are sent to SS.

It can be a lot of work to mix the production, but it's relatively easy for others to participate. Each singer listens to the music and records their vocal. A singer can use a recording app on their computer or an online recorder such as at twistedwave.com Then the vocal track as a mp3 file is emailed to the member doing the mixing.

TheBrimLEVEL 81

Edited reply by TheBrimGOLD

OK so who's up for a little fun?

This is a really fun song to do harmony on. I layed down the lead part and did 1 harmony part already and would love to build it from there.

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/baa22becf

If you would like to join in on it here's what we'll do.
First, post that you want in, and I'll add you to the list below. Once you have recorded you part either post it back on this thread or send me a link in PM and we can review for timing and blending (Mix) before adding to it.
Remember, When doing overlays the key to making a good recording is getting the mix right before adding to it. If it's not right once you have recorded over it there is nothing that can be done about it.

Once done and posted the next one in line can lay down there part and so on.

So whos next?
1. SamJones-http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/cb9758edf ( New link/copy with Sam)
2. Heart_full_of_Music
3.
4.
???

Lets have some fun with this or if there is a song any of you would like to do like this pitch it out here, I'm sure we all would love to jump in on them.

Lets make some sweet HARMONY

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