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How To Sing In Harmony: Our Guide

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Hearing crisp clean harmonies is something that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Singing in harmony can be tricky though, especially if there’s a lot of parts. It’s hard not to get distracted by someone else’s singing part and merge into what they’re singing. It’s even more difficult to find your way back once you’ve strayed from your harmony.

What Does Singing In Harmony Mean?

Here’s the singing in harmony definition.

Singing in harmony means to sing two or more notes at the same time, either with yourself or with other singers. Two-part singing is when you are singing a melody and another note that harmonizes with it. Three-part harmonies use three different notes to create chords within the song’s key. There are many ways of how to teach your choir how to sing in harmony, but what does acapella mean?

An Acapella Definition

Acapella is also known as “unaccompanied vocals”. It’s called acappella because all of those letters together make up one word: A Capella. Another definition is: without instrumental accompaniment; vocal music performed unaccompanied by instruments or an instrument such as piano, guitar etc… The most common type of acapella group is a four person group with each member singing in

The Two-Part Harmony Definition

A two-part harmony is when you are singing a melody and another note that harmonizes with it. You have to listen carefully for the interval between what the lead voice (soprano, alto or tenor) sings and how far they move away from their original pitch.

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How To Sing In Harmony

There are a few techniques you can use to sing in harmony with someone without getting distracted or falling out of the part. The first is singing a major third above or below your original note, also known as harmonizing by leading tone and seventh respectively. This means that when they sing their root note C, if yours is E then sing G. If theirs is F sing Bb (if you’re in Eb minor) so essentially singing in harmony in thirds. You’ll find this works particularly well when there’s only one step between each pair of notes in your melody\two being optimal for keeping track but not necessary. It allows you to sit on top of their voice instead of trying to match it exactly which will be distracting from both parties involved.

Another technique especially useful when you sing the melody is to sing the root note of your chord an octave lower. This creates a nice solid foundation for their voice and opens up some space between all three notes which sounds lovely.

How To Singing In Harmony Without Music

You can also sing in harmony without music by listening really carefully to each other before you start singing or playing rather than trying to listen while you’re doing it. There’s nothing worse than not paying attention and then suddenly realizing that they’ve gone out of tune with one another, especially if there are lyrics involved.

It takes some getting used but once you get good at this kind of thing, singing acapella will be much easier! If both singers have musical training (i.e., know how scales work) even better so long as there is at least one singer who doesn’t have training, so the other person can sing a note and then adjust to it.

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Can I Sing In Harmony With Anyone?

The short answer is no.

You may not want to sing in harmony with someone if they sing loudly or quietly, don’t sing on pitch often at all, are shy about singing/afraid of being judged by you, etc. Everyone has their own unique style when it comes to music but unfortunately that means people aren’t always going be compatible when you’re looking for singers! It’s important that both singers feel confident while singing because otherwise your harmonies will sound unsure too (even though they might actually be quite good!)

How To Sing In Harmony With Someone Else Without Music Or A Microphone

If there isn’t a microphone available, practicing singing in harmony with your voice alone is the best way to sing acapella without music. While you’re singing try and sing loud enough so that it sounds good but not much louder than how much air you usually sing with which means if there’s a difference then just sing as quietly as necessary for it to sound good!

If one of the singers sings more loudly or quieter than another singer (or too loudly/quietly compared to themselves!) adjust how far back from each other they should stand so their voices are balanced out better when they sing together. This can be done by having them step forward or backwards depending on who needs to be brought closer or pushed further away. The most important thing though is making sure you know your part really thoroughly.

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How To Teach A Choir To Sing In Harmony

If you sing with music then it’s important to know which note the basses, tenors and altos sing first. This is because if one person sings on a different pitch than everyone else they will be out of tune. To avoid this problem the conductor or choirmaster should teach their singers how to sing in harmony before singing together for real! The starting pitch can either be chosen by whoever has written the parts (the composer) or it could depend on what key the song was originally composed in – like how pianists choose where middle C needs to go depending whether there are more high notes or low ones throughout the piece. Teaching each part thoroughly is the key to your singings being comfortable with their parts. It’s the same technique if you need to learn how to sing in harmony with yourself.


In summary, that’s how to sing in harmony! It’s something that with lots of practice you can improve your skills over time and be singing in 8 part harmony in no time! Using your phone to voice note harmonies and layering your own voice is a great way to practice if you’re by yourself and want to learn how to harmonize. Practice makes perfect after all!

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