Vocal Harmonies

"I want to be remembered as someone who made good harmonies"
Brian Wilson

As a young adult, Brian Wilson was already arranging full symphonies in his head. He broke the rules of chord progressions and came up with music still unmatched by producers and songwriters to this day.

Brian Wilson’s song “God Only Knows” from the album “Pet Sounds” is among the greatest in the history of pop music. The album "Pet Sounds" is an album full of subtlety and emotional depth most remembered by how Wilson used overly ambiguous harmonic progressions to create magic. His ultimate masterpiece, the album “Smile”, took almost half a century to finish.

Have you tried using vocal harmonies in some of your songs? Feel free to check out different kinds of basic vocal harmonies, from two-part harmonies, 3 to 4 part harmonies, a capellas, and doo-wop.


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Two-part Harmonies. Harmony involving two voices. Simon and Garfunkel are a folk rock duo, and one of the best-selling music groups in the 60’s.

3 to 4 Part Harmonies. Harmony involving three or four voices or parts: soprano, alto, tenor, bass. Pentatonix merges vocal harmonies with EDM in “Love Again”.

A Capella. Vocals without accompanied instruments. Ylvis, Norwegian comedic duo, making a song about how A Capella can stop – bullies…

Doo-wop. Harmonies formed without words, just organic sounds or hums. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” was released in the 60s and is still being used in jungle movies today.


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