Topic: Harmony-G questions
Just got an HG !! AWESOME harmonies.
I'm NOT the lead singer in the band, I'm the guitar player, and also the harmony vocalist. There's just the two of us that sing. We are a variety cover band that many times needs 3 or 4 part harmonies [Think Earth Wind and Fire, Chicago, Eagles or Beatles]. Our sound guy often does the 3rd harmony [when he's not busy and remembers to do so]. Sometimes we sub for him at gigs, which means NO 3rd vocal !! So I went with the HG 'cus the two extra voices is w-a-y more than enuf for us and means we can sound the same with what we have singing on stage.
So-o-o-o... I get to use it at practice tomorrow night for the 1st time. Challenge I've had so far is that most of the time I only need one of the two available voices, and I'm already singing the harmony line, so the HG appears to be adding a 3 or 5th above MY harmony, not the main vocal [which isn't even present]. This isn't as bad as it may sound in print, as the HG seems to follow the guitar chords in determining the 3rd/5th, but puts it higher??. What I think this means is that I may have to move some of my harmony lines down, [or double lead vox] so there's no chipmunks singing !!
I'd rather not do that as we often have a female singer guest with us at larger events or weddings... i.e. I'd have to different sets of harmonies on same songs. NOT !~!! That dog will not hunt ! At those events, I would not use the HG.
FWIW - I play a Roland VG99. It's stereo. So far, I run the Left out into the HG and the Right directly to the snake. The guitar THRU on the HG then connects to the 2nd guitar channel on the snake. It works on 12-string, bass and [so far] on the alternate tunings I have tried it on, so chord recognition is VERY good.
FYI - I can't put the HG on the lead singer as he's wireless and is very audience interactive, meaning he's seldom on the stage, but out working the crowd.
Any suggestions as to how best for me to make use of the HG - given that I'm already singing a harmony line - would be appreciated. We play from ABBA to ZZTop [no ABBA really] and cover Rock, Blues, Country, R&B, Funk and other genres.