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Eagles harmony technique challenge?
Old 22nd January 2009
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Eagles harmony technique challenge?

Can anyone tell me some techniques that are used to get harmonies like the Eagles ? Thanks !
Old 22nd January 2009
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I won't do the "first you need the Eagles" thing, but it is true that you really need at least 3 high tenor voices or you won't have anything like the right overtones and blend to work with. To me that is the foundation of the Eagles sound, just as it was for the Beatles, the Beach Boys and many others.
Old 22nd January 2009
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Obviously super-tight. Also, the classic Eagles touch - double the lowest part up an octave.
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Good thread. I was just listening to "Lying Eyes" today and wondering exactly how the harmonies were recorded.
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when asked this question, Bill Szymczyk said something like "put up a mike, and have them stand around it"
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Originally Posted by BIGT-1 ➡️
Obviously super-tight. Also, the classic Eagles touch - double the lowest part up an octave.
Hey, like your stuff there. Kind of a nice Cowboy Junkies "Heroin, it's not just for breakfast anymore" type of vibe. I love the vocals.
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They(TBS and Don Henley) did a guest BGV track for the producer I work with on a project. Absolutely amazing. The sound is in the blend...
Old 22nd January 2009
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Originally Posted by bringmewater ➡️
Can anyone tell me some techniques that are used to get harmonies like the Eagles ?
I never noticed the Eagles' harmonies as being any different from anybody else's harmonies. Great harmony is great harmony, whether it's Eagles or Beach Boys or Beatles or the Four Freshmen. Stacking thirds is what we're talking about. And there's only a few variations possible within the range of the male voice.

One point, though: The Eagles basically stuck with parallel harmonies and nothing as imaginative as the counterpoint harmonies the Beatles came up with. My favorite harmonies are the ones that are not parallel. I like oohs and ahhs and la-la-la's that wind in between the lead vocal. I like the counterpoint such as in "Help!" But most Eagles harmony is simply stacked thirds.
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Originally Posted by trippy ➡️
when asked this question, Bill Szymczyk said something like "put up a mike, and have them stand around it"
Funny how that works.
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