Originally Posted by BrO`'kEn_SwOrD
That's fine....it's supposed to happen. The reason you are getting besura is because you are listening to the lead singer far too closely. If you'll notice people who are trying to give backup vocals, they will (a lot of times) close their ear which is close to the singer with their finger and then give backup vocals so that they can block out the singers voice. Otherwise it is a natural tendency to sing what the singer is singing and then to try and sing differently makes us go besura. So the best thing to do initially is block out the singers voice to a certain extent. As you continue to practice backup vocals, you will later find that you can focus on the harmony even with the vocalists voice right next to you and that is when you can be reasonably confident about your backup vocals skills.
He is quite right. However, you have to pick your note in an educated way. You can't play a major chord and then sing a harmony on the 4th or the 7th of the scale since those are the more dissonant notes.haan, one more thing... when i asked my music teacher abt this ( long back, before 2 yrs ) then he told me u can sing backing vocals in any scale fr any chord, provided they should nt be dissonant.
But if you ever play a jazz/rock fusion or just jazz....this dissonance your teacher was speaking of becomes desirable sometimes. But once again, the choice for the harmony is not random....it is selected in a very educated way. You have to know what you're doing with it.
I'll try to write something more on backup vocals a bit later.