How to make the Bass in SATB move more smoothly?

Asked by: Luis Dickey

By definition, playing a Gm7/B♭ chord means the bass voice must sing a B♭. If you want to modify the second chord so that the bass voice doesn’t jump by a seventh, try bringing that B♭ down an octave (or raising everything else appropriately) so the B♭ resolves up to a C. That should sound much smoother.

How do you harmonize a SATB?

So the base is going down from f to a c. But the tenor and the alto parts are just moving by step well do you know what we're starting to write some decent four part harmony.

Can the bass leap?

The bass part tends to leap a bit more than the alto and tenor, which are as straightforward and stepwise as possible. The inner parts anchor the texture and make the progression of chords sound smooth and coherent. The bass line (like the soprano) tends to have a slightly more interesting melody.

What do you double in first inversion?

1 Voicing a First Inversion Chord. In contrast to the doubling rule for root position chords (i.e., “double the bass”), do not double the bass note for first inversion triads. Instead, double the root or fifth, depending on which can be approached and left most smoothly.

What should be avoided in Four Part Harmony?

As well as that, each voice should be easy to sing, meaning that large intervals within the same voice are to be avoided, instead favoring step-wise motion. Voices should also not overlap: the pitch sung by the alto should not be higher than that of the soprano, and so on for the other voices.

How do you sing harmony bass?

Sing the melody one one one one five five five five one one one one five five one one sing the bass.

Is baritone lower than bass?

The baritone voice type is the most common male voice. Baritone tessitura: Although this voice range overlaps both the tenor and bass ranges, the tessitura of the baritone is lower than that of the tenor and higher than that of the bass.

Can V7 go to I6?

The seventh of the V7 (the subdominant scale degree) must resolve down by step to the third of the I chord (the mediant scale degree). V7 may not resolve to a I6.

What is hidden 5th?

A hidden fifth occurs when an implied consonant passing note would create a parallel fifth. A hidden octave occurs when an implied consonant passing note would create a parallel octave.

Are parallel 4ths bad?

Parallel 3rds, 6ths, 4ths, and even tritones are all OK. Unisons (two parts sharing the same note) count as a kind of octave. Thus, these two instances are also bad. Sometimes students start to see parallels when there aren’t any, because they get confused as to which notes belong to which voice.

What is the highest voice in a choir?


Soprano. The soprano is the highest voice part of the choir, often used for melody lines – perhaps because the human ear is more sensitive to the higher frequencies of the notes we sing.

Can you double the third voice leading?

Do not double the third, because the third is the leading-tone, and we never want to double unstable notes! The subdominant is one of many chords that leads to the dominant (and is therefore often described as having a pre-dominant function).

How do you develop harmony?

So what do we do with it well this is an example of what's called a non harmonic tone in this case a passing note and the simplest thing to do here is to follow the melody shape.

How do you sing deep bass?

Like a G G. And then you want to slowly relax. And slip into your vocal fry' so might be a little higher for you B flat B G as you start to relax your voice whoa. You will slip into. That.

Who has a bass voice?

List of names

Name Lifespan Associated act(s)
Leonard Cohen 1934–2016
Brian Cole 1942–1972 The Association
Ray Davis 1940–2005 The Parliaments Parliament Funkadelic
Len Dresslar 1925–2005 The Singers Unlimited The J’s with Jamie

How do you get a good bass voice?

This with me again. Basically we're using this placement coming into your body so the your body takes all the work and the diaphragm. And we've got all this big area here for the know to vibrate.

How rare is a bass voice?

Unfortunately, a true and pure bass voice is very, very rare, which explains the rather small repertoire written for it. It is suspected that only five percent of all men who sing bass actually have a true bass voice.

Who is the best bass singer?

11 Of The Greatest And Most Famous Bass Singers Of All Time

  • J.D. Sumner.
  • Leonard Cohen.
  • Tim Storms.
  • Ray Davies.
  • Josh Turner.
  • Tay Zonday.
  • Avi Kaplan.
  • Bob Bingham.