Mudcat Café message #3152738 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #137785   Message #3152738
Posted By: Sandy Mc Lean
12-May-11 - 10:55 AM
Thread Name: Harmony Singing
Subject: RE: Harmony Singing
Thanks all for the replies! It is not that I am new to music but I always or at least usually sing solo to my own guitar. Any harmony that I have attempted would be in unison on the same or a different octave. If I play with others I can be easily distracted by a bass or other instruments even when they are playing in tune with my voice. For that reason I usually avoid group or choir singing. I sing old country and Celtic folk as well as my own compositions, so harmonizing has not a requirement. I have no music training but my electronics training gives me a compentent comprehension of hetrodyning and the effects of blending frequencies both in and out of phase.
All that being said I am fascinated by barbershop singing and the ability to sing to the fourth and fifth of a scale while following the pitch of the fundamental. To me it is forcing yourself to sing out of tune until you hit that desired chordal blend. Any barbershop singing that I have seen was a capella with only a reference note at the beginning. However YouTube directed me to the Mills Brothers and they seemed to be doing the same thing while the piano played throughout and from that rose my question. Thanks again!