Best of the Best award for Musicademy’s vocal harmony DVDs

Musicademy has won an Editor’s Pick award by Worship Leader Magazine for the third year running; this time for our Harmony & Backing Vocals DVDs.

They review the DVDs saying:

Skilled worship leaders will continually ask the question, “How can I keep the platform clear of distraction?” One way to do this is achieve a good vocal blend among background singers. What makes Musicademy’s DVDs time well spent is the focus on practice: Each DVD includes 10 video lessons covering harmony and backing vocal technique, 10 full version worship songs with on-screen words, and two separate harmonies for every song. So whatever singing level you or your team are at, you can learn to harmonize and improve backing vocal skills.

With 5 hours instruction on two DVDs the teaching is designed for both male and female singers who’d like to learn how to harmonize or improve their backing vocals skills. Together the DVDs contains high quality backing tracks to 20 worship songs with:

  • 20 instructional video lessons covering harmony and BV technique
  • 2 separate harmony parts for each song to copy and learn
  • on screen words
  • and a full version of every song to practice to

Volume 1 includes 10 short video tutorials covering essential harmony and backing vocal techniques:

  • How to form basic harmonies
  • Understanding 3rds & 5ths
  • Finding harmonies above and below the melody
  • When and when not to sing
  • Using unison effectively
  • Matching lead vocal phrasing
  • Pads or vowel sounds to add colour
  • Emphasising key phrases to add punctuation
  • Echoes and ad libs

Volume 2 includes another 10 video tutorials covering:

  • More challenging harmony parts
  • Harmonies that push your vocal range
  • Using head and chest voice
  • Blending and supporting the lead vocal
  • Matching drop-off, inflections and vibrato
  • Avoiding crossing over parts
  • Using dynamics to create tension and release
  • Finding harmonies to chords outside of the key
  • Using pedaling, 1sts, 5ths and 7ths to create textures
  • Close harmonies and smooth voice leading

The DVDs can be purchased either individually or in a money saving bundle pack.