If you have ever tried singing in harmony you know how difficult it can be, even with a simple song. Even those with professional training sometimes have difficulty doing it, which is why a lot of people are now using Brett Manning’s Mastering Harmony, and it seems to work for them. But does it really have the goods or just hype? I was curious myself so I decided to review the product and find out the facts.
What is Mastering Harmony?
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Mastering Harmony was created by vocal coach Brett Manning from Singing Success and Claude McKnight of the 10 time Grammy winning group Take 6. With this program anyone can train and learn what singing in harmony is all about and how it’s done.
The program consists of one Mastering Harmony DVD and four other CDs which according to Brett Manning are packed with information and instructions for singing in harmony. According to Manning, this is a one of a kind program that teaches everything you need to know about harmonious singing.
The CDs and DVD are filled with dozens of specially designed techniques and exercises as well as secrets and anecdotes about harmonious singing. Mastering Harmony also contains tips from Claude McKnight, and there are very simple lessons to get beginners started.
The first lesson in Mastering Harmony focuses on voice coordination so your vocals will blend harmoniously with another. The program uses a number of innovative techniques so your ear learns how to distinguish different sounds. In addition to this Mastering Harmony teaches you how to coordinate and perfect your tones.
The Benefits of Mastering Harmony
One of the things I like about Mastering Harmony is it uses mp3, mp4 and wmv, so you won’t have any problems finding a program to open and view those files. The instructions are also very clear and easy to follow. Some of the questions that are always asked such as how to hear and sing harmonies are answered here.
I also like the fact that Mastering Harmony teaches you how to find out whether you are singing in alto or tenor range and how background vocals are properly related to melodies. I also like the way Mastering Harmony is structured, starting with some simple lessons so by the time you move on to the next lesson you will be in a better position to handle it.
Mastering Harmony also does a good job explaining basic concepts, and there are several tips provided so you don’t end up singing off pitch and make other common mistakes. I also have to note that Manning makes good use of anecdotes and parables, adding interest to the lessons.
I can’t stress how important the “fun” factor is. With five discs to go through, it’s a good thing Manning keeps things going so people don’t lose interest.
Reviews of Mastering Harmony
Of course I knew that I couldn’t just rely on blurb, so I checked some online reviews. Most of them are actually very positive. The review at singingsolutions states that:
(Mastering Harmony) “takes your singing to the next level…” and that if you are keen on “harmonizing with others then the Singing Success Mastering Harmony: Volume One is definitely for you.” The review also takes due notice of the program’s versatility, pointing out that:
(Mastering Harmony) has “fun and creative voice workouts” and “whether you are a “backup singer… in a choir…or lead vocal…the program will be helpful.”
I also read a review at squidoo.com and it says the DVD and CDs walks you through “voice training exercises…and vocal techniques.” Also, the review says that the instructions “are streamlined” and easy to follow.
Based on these reviews, it became obvious to me that a lot of people have used the program and achieved the desired results. A lot of the reviews also show that people have never had problems using it. What I also find remarkable is that many of these reviewers are totally new to singing in harmony and yet learned the basics quickly.
While I do like Mastering Harmony, and based on reviews, works really well, there are a couple of things you need to understand about it. First the entire program is over 545 MB, so you will need a pretty fast Internet connection to download those files. If you have a good Internet connection though this won’t be a problem.
The other thing I have to point out is that you need to go through the entire Mastering Harmony program. This isn’t something you can skim through and learn to sing harmoniously. In other words, you must be patient and have discipline. Besides those two issues however, there really much about this program to complain about.
Advice for Buyers
If you want to order a copy of Brett Manning’s Mastering Harmony you can go to its official website. It’s available for just $99.95, and it has a 6 month money back guarantee, which is superior to the usual 8 weeks you get from other singing programs. The entire program is available for download and works with both Mac and Windows systems.
Since the entire program is available for download, you don’t have to wait for shipping or worry that the product will arrive damaged.
I have to warn you there are fake versions being peddled in other websites. Stay away from those sites. The versions sold on those sites are incomplete and pirated which is why they are cheaper.
Before I started this review I admit I was somewhat skeptical of Brett Manning’s Mastering Harmony, knowing how difficult singing in harmony can be. But after thoroughly reviewing it I have to admit that’s an outstanding program and does exactly what it says, and Manning does a good job showing you how professionals sing in harmony.
In other words, it’s a great vocal training program so I recommend it. For less than a hundred bucks it’s really quite a bargain.
If you want more information about Brett Manning’s Mastering Harmony then click here to go to the official website!