How to sing backing vocals FREE LESSON

What is backing vocals?

Backing vocals refer to singing in the background, accompanying the main part. Dividing the melody into voices turns the song into a polyphonic piece of music. Voices, gathering in a chord, make the composition rich.

Polyphonic singing


The perfect musical accompaniment in a voice is organically woven into the song, giving the main part a flavor. And the voice of the soloist at the same time sounds more expressive and bright. Backing vocals can support or contrast the main melody.
We should not think that background vocals began to be used relatively recently, in pop and club compositions. Russia has deep centuries-old roots of folk choral polyphony. There are they in other countries. Polyphonic singing is both martial songs and church chants ...

In the studio or live


Backing vocals can be performed directly on stage, live, or can be recorded in the studio. Modern recording multichannel equipment and computer programs allow the performer to sing all the parts himself.
However, many stars and producers prefer to invite other singers to perform or record backing vocals. Only at the confluence of different voices rare timbre combinations are obtained.

The backing vocalist is ...


The performance of the backing vocals has its own characteristics, this must be specially studied. So a new profession appeared in the musical performance - a back vocalist.
The main thing that should be able to back-vocalist - purely intonate. For this you need harmonic hearing: when a musician hears a note in a chord. Therefore, instrumentalists from the star group often work as backing vocalists on the stage - for example, a keyboard player or a bass guitar player.
The soloist works on the song for a long time, trying to give a special timbre to the voice. The background vocalist has a completely different task. The sound of his party should emphasize the beauty and emotionality of the star's voice, as the setting is the luxury of a diamond. If a singer has an unusual or rare timbre of his voice, he most likely will not be able to work as a backing vocalist.
A good musical memory and quick reaction are also important for the backing vocalist. He has to grasp everything on the fly. Imagine, the star on the stage entered a semitone below, and the rehearsal is like at a rehearsal.Not only the song is spoiled, but also the reputation. And pop singers, like all creative people, are emotional people.
Many backing vocalists eventually become pop singers themselves. The harsh backing school helps them a lot.

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