I Took a Class to Learn Singing Harmonies

How to Learn Singing Harmonies

Singing harmonies has always been somewhat of a struggle for me. As a session musician, this is literally part of my job, so that's a problem. My typical process for harmonies would be as follows: Guess at singing something that sounds goodUpon review, realize that I sang a 4th and not a 3rd or 5th (I ALWAYS do this for some reason)Either completely scrap the first harmony, or try to salvage it another way Sometimes clients will give me the song key, but I'm not great with theory so that doesn't always help. Since my whole blog is basically trying diffe[...]


7 Steps to Mixing Background Vocals That Sound Radio-Ready

A Step-by-Step Guide to Mixing Radio-Ready Background Vocals!

YOU GUYS I am so excited! I've been a huge fan of Musician On A Mission for years. I subscribe to the YouTube Channel and I take the courses, so when they contacted me about a guest post, I was all over it! Today's post is about mixing background vocals, written by Dylan, a songwriter and producer. I'll have more info on him at the end of the article, but I'll let him take it from here:     Background vocals are one of the most important elements of a good song. They fill out the sound of the lead vocal, making it feel larger than life. But po[...]


4 Unexpected Ways Autotune Can Make You a Better Singer

I wrote a post about why autotune is not always a bad thing, and I want to expand on it here. Like it or not, Autotune is here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. If you can’t put a stop to it, you can use it to improve your singing. I’ve been using it to help me improve my session singing performances, and I’ll show you how it can do the same for you: How to Use Autotune for Better Singing I use Melodyne to analyze and improve my voice, so just know that this is the program I'm familiar with. There are others and I'm sure they work as well,[...]


Nominated for APRA Country Music Awards

Country music award nomination

I am so excited to share this news with you! Last year, I worked with New Zealand-based country artist Ginny Peters for her album. I was hired to arrange and perform background harmonies on her songs. One of these songs, "Reasons to Stay," has been nominated for an APRA Award for Best Country Music Song this year! How I arrange harmonies: First, I listen to the song several times. I get a feel for the emotions of the track and what the writer is trying to portray. I listen to the main vocal and plan how I can best highlight the song. Second, I begin[...]


An Explanation of Musical Accompaniment

Today begins the first day I go through my list of terms in my book to explain them in greater detail. I’m going to *try* to do this weekly, but go easy on me because I might not actually do that. First up: Accompaniment! What is it, when do you need it, and why do you need to know it? What is Accompaniment? The accompaniment is basically the “backup” to the singer or soloist. A guitar solo could also have an accompaniment. The other two girls in Destiny’s Child were pretty much accompaniment. Anything that isn’t the solo and assists the lead is[...]