Background vocals. They can make such a big difference in your music. However, a good background vocal takes some planning, especially if you’re doing a three- or four-part harmony. 

It’s best to figure out the arrangement before you begin recording. Otherwise, you’ll end up recording eight tracks of BGVs, only to decide that you don’t like the note choices. Suddenly you’re back at square one.

In this video I show you how to use an instrument track to build great background vocals. And yes, in this video I’m using Logic! You may have read my article on why I use Pro Tools, but for this video, I dug through the archives for a song I recorded in Logic that showcases this particular technique.

The same concept applies whether your on Pro Tools or anything else. Enjoy!

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  • Yeah! That’s a killer way to keep everybody on pitch.

  • That’s a cool idea.You plug in a mic,sing the lead part, and play the harmony parts on the keyboard. very flexible.

  • Troy Burton

    Dear Joe,

    Good stuff.Our taste in music is very much alike. I recently purchased a Roland VP 550. You plug in a mic,sing the lead part, and play the harmony parts on the keyboard. very flexible. I think it was Roland.com, website that had a video demo, hang on to your hat. Bet you like doo wap.
    Troy in Tennessee

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  • That’s a good idea. Right now I play the harmony parts on a piano to figure out what I’m going to record, but I don’t actually lay that part down. Because of that, I sometimes forget what harmonies I’ve come up with. I’m definitely going to try your method. Thanks!