Singing as Back Up Vocals

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In our music team, we do have a lot of back up singers. However, not all of them are singing in front of the stage. Every week, during our church Sunday service, they have a scheduled back up singers who will sing during that week. We always have a our band rehearsal before we do our actual stage performance. When we have a new song that needs to be rehearsed,we familiarize its tune and melody first. It is a must specially for the back up singers since it requires plenty of observation and practice.

Did you know that they are the ones that makes the lead vocals sounds even better? Its quite challenging at first, but if you want to be one of the back up vocals, you need to listen to the band play in order to fully support and back them up. Listening and watching them will make you familiar with their style and you can jump right in.You have to sound as part of the main voice. Blend in and harmonize it.The lead vocalist and backup vocalist must produce a smooth sound.Once you’re able to harmonize effectively, you can start working on blending in with the lead vocalist during songs.

Proper phrasing too is a big part of being a successful backup vocalist. You have to sound a lot like the lead singer in order to blend in. You can do this by matching the lead singer’s phrasing.As you can see, there’s more to being a backup vocalist than meets the ear. Just take your time and practice as much as you can. Remember that your voice is an instrument that helps the band produce beautiful music.

Vocal Preparation

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My wife has a busy lifestyle and evidently, she have no time to even take into consideration in practicing for a vocal preparation. But I  advised  her that she should do it every time she performs in front of the stage. If you sing on a regular basis like her, your vocal chords and throat muscle groups are consistently being stretched and exercised. And like every muscle there are keys to holding your throat and vocal chords in good shape.

Just remember not to strain your voice. Don’t abuse it by throwing your voice into compromising conditions without the correct vocal preparation. I also suppose it’s actually essential that you just watch your food consumption prior to singing.  I don’t let my wife sing when her stomach is full.This implies if she’s leading the worship on a Sunday morning, she fast till after the service.

Lastly it’s actually essential to lubricate your voice whereas singing. But here’s a big important key.Don’t drink candy drinks, don’t drink espresso and don’t drink cold. One of the best factor is water at room temperature or slightly warm.

I hope these tips are beneficial to you in some way. What about you? How do you prepare your voice for singing?

The Vocalist

Well yes it is. This is our life as a member of the music ministry . I am actually the song leader of our church. As the worship leader, I am the one who will choose the song for our Praise and Worship service every Sunday. Sometimes I find it hard to choose what song we will have to play and sing with since we have to fit it for the whole congregation where all the members can familiarize the song. But we have to choose a new song so that not all old songs will be played every week.

I am always looking for new songs  in the internet every week and I have to show it first to my fellow music team members if they will agree on the certain song that I chose.

Every Saturday, we have our music team’s practice and we will do a “sepra” on the new song that we have to play. We always bring our MP4 player so we can hear the original tune of the song and it is easier for us to follow what kind of chords that certain song are using. But often times, we don’t follow the original because they will follow my keys since I don’t have a very high pitch voice and I am usually using the key of D and G.

My hubby is the guitarist of our church. He is also the trainer who teaches of all our fellow music team who plays the base guitar, the drums, keyboard and the acoustic guitar.His job is actually hard since he had to teach all of them specially when we practice a new song and tune. However, he easily manages it because our fellow team members are cooperative and willing enough to know how to play the song.

I can easily memorize the lyrics and tune of the song too so it is easier for my hubby to play a certain new song since he already knows my key. We can make a good tune and melody together. I am so thankful to God for that talent He had given us.