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Well, yes, when listening to pop and rock music, it can seem like much of the vocal harmonisation moves in parallel motion (often in thirds and sixths), but there are plenty of examples of different motion out there, if you listen out for them. I've always thought that The Beatles used some subtly interesting vocal harmonies. Below are the first 8 bars of ...


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You're very unlikely to find any sort of polyphonic tonal music that has zero parallel motion. The rules of counterpoint proscribe the use of parallel 5ths and octaves, but not any other intervals (4ths are somewhat frowned upon), so avoiding parallel motion entirely wouldn't be an intent on the part of a composer. The reason that 5ths and 8ths are ...


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Such thematic variation happens in most movies produced in the past fifty years. Just choose one that you like, turn off the distracting video, and listen. Darth Vader's theme changes every time. (This trick comes from film theorist Michel Chion.) Of course, the granddaddy is Richard Wagner's four-opera cycle The Ring of the Nibelung: fourteen hours of ...


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Learn about chord structure and voicing.When harmonising, the other voice(s) SHOULD be clear to you, otherwise you have nothing to pitch off.A lot of people find they need to hear their own voice above the others, so that's not unusual. What is more important overall is that all the voices blend - if you're using mics, your voice might need to be louder to ...


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I assume you mean harmonies which follow each other (ie, the harmony note goes up & down with the lead vocal) ? (ie not literally parallel .. the interval changes as the notes move about). If so .. Simon and Garfunkel's 'The sound of silence' has a great line - the one which goes "People talking without speaking" - One voice is singing a melody while ...


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If you're looking for complete absence of parallel motion, I guess that would be very rare. But if you're looking for examples that have substantial amount of oblique and contrary motion, or "echo" effects, then there are examples: Mamas & the Papas, California dreaming: ...



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