With the upcoming release of Mastering Harmony: Volume 1, Brett Manning has embarked on a mission to train the ear to be able to hear and identify the notes in intervals and chords that make up harmonic progressions.
Even though harmony has been part of his teaching for 25 years, Brett has spent the last five years working with harmonizing master
Claude McKnight of the Grammy®-winning a cappella group, Take 6, in developing the Mastering Harmony: Volume 1 program.
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Simple – Easy – Rewarding
Brett wants singers to realize how simple, easy, and rewarding it can be to sing harmony, while providing a complex feel and texture because of the tension and color introduced through vocal harmonies.
Harmony can support or play against the melody for dramatic effect. It can be used to trigger tears, feed anxiety, make a joyful noise, or have a calming effect.
Richer Deeper Experience
One of the key goals of the program is to get singers to hear every vibration between pitches and to get excited about possibilities in using the human voice to have a richer, deeper experience in moving the listener because of the varied emotional impact that comes through harmonic progressions and how they counter and support the melody.
Harmony Moves Us
“When we listen to classical music, it’s not the melody that moves us,” Brett said. “It’s the harmonic progression that is so satisfying. And – the human voice is the most classic of all instruments.”
Fine Tune the Ear
Brett wants to improve listening and communication through the use of harmony to fine tune the ear, enriching the listening experience, and inspiring the singer to commit more deeply to investing the voice more completely when singing.
“We have a tendency to abbreviate when speaking, texting, communicating,” he said. “Harmony broadens, deepens, and heightens the ability of the human voice to stir the spirit and move the heart.”
Harmony also has a lighter, fun side that is often engaged in what has been referred to as the doo-wop sound of many vocal groups in the 1950’s and 1960’s, such as The Chiffons, The Shirelles, The Four Tops, and Dion and the Belmonts.
Jesi Erin Kinnevan is a singer and self-proclaimed techno geek who has a degree in electrical engineering and currently lives in Southern California.
Born in Texas, Jesi grew up in Alaska, with her two sisters. While in high school she set a record for having a total of 15 varsity letters in four sports.
While attending the University of New Hampshire she interned at the NASA Ames Astrobiology Academy.
It should come as no surprise that someone with such a wide, varied unique background of rich experiences would have a unique approach to interpreting music by recognizing and celebrating vocal harmony.
She has her own production company called Minscoth Productions and has put together a number of inventive, spirited, multi-track video clips on YouTube® that showcase her harmonizing expertise.
Multi-track A Cappella
Among her efforts are the Andrews Sisters classic, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, in which she sings all three vocals and provides the bugle sound. She also sings lead and three backing vocals on her version of the Gerry Goffin-Carole King classic, One Fine Day.
She also appears as the same four-member girl group, Jesi and the Jesi’s, in a cover of the 1960’s Cascades’ hit, Rhythm of the Rain.
One of her most ambitious ventures is a full-scale a cappella investment in Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.
To check out her celebration of vocal harmonies, visit her at Youtube.com/jesierin. It’s a fun way to test your ears, fine tune your senses, sing along, and be inspired by harmonic progression and masterfully moved the power of the human voice.
Share your reaction to Jesi’s clips and her harmonies, along with the role that harmonic progression plays in moving you as you listen to music and the challenges presented as you sing harmonies.
Harmonize with Others
Engage other singers in finding harmonies and challenging each other to broaden the scope of your vocal expertise by heightening your aural appreciation for music and the songs you sing and arrange.
Invest in Brett & Claude’s Mastering Harmony: Volume 1 program in order to gain a deeper appreciation for the power of your unique voice in moving your audience and enhancing the emotional impact of the key story elements in the songs you sing.