But all vocals are equally as important. A single bad background vocal can badly taint a song no matter how well it's played. Here are a number of items to concentrate on that can really make a difference to a band's vocals. You'll find more detail in my book How To Make Your Band Sound Great.
- Remember the 3 P’s – Pitch, Passion, Pocket. You need all three for a great vocal.
- You’ve got to hear yourself to stay in tune. You’ll most likely sing sharp if you’re not loud enough.
- Avoid alcohol, dairy products, tea, coffee and cola before a gig. All will make it more difficult to sing.
- Choose the best key. Better to change the key than hurt yourself.
- Take care of yourself. Gets lots of sleep and drink plenty of water.
- Rehearse harmonies without the band first. It’s much easier to learn parts that way.
- Phrasing is everything in background vocals. Concentrate on attacks and releases to stay tight.
- Pay attention to background vocals. If they don’t sound good, then neither do you!