Jazz Choir Tuesdays from 2:15 - 3:15
Welcome Back • Congratulations on your entrance into the Jazz Choir. • Rehearsals are mandatory. • Please Look over all music before rehearsal. • Practice Blues scale. • Use rehearsal CD’s. • BE PREPARED… ALWAYS!!!
Blues Scale • In any key the blues scale can be built using: • Solfege Syllables: • Do Me Fa Fi Sol Te Do • Scale Number Degrees • 1 b3 4 #4 5 b7 8
Scat Singing Hints Part I • While every good scat singer develops her own vocabulary of sounds, there are a few guidelines that may help. • The three main rhythm patterns we sing are 2s, 3s, and 4s. Finding syllabic phrases that are comfortable to sing in those patterns will make scatting much easier for the beginner.First, 2s. doo-ba, ba-doo, bedda all work because, when singing fast, you are using a back-front, front-back articulation in the mouth. 'Be' is made with the lips; 'dda' is made with the tongue. This rocking between lips and tongue is easier to enunciate than dadadadadada or bebebebebe. One can also use the tip of the tongue and the mid-hump of the tongue: la-da, godda, dugga. When you listen to scat singing, you'll hear different syllables for 2s, but the clearest, cleanest diction will come from some form of rocking motion in the mouth. • 3s, the triplet. This, of course, will usually be a back-front-back or a front-back-front motion: badda-la, rubba-da, bebba-ka, etc.
Scat Singing Hints Part II • 4s can be sung as a pair of 2s, but in many cases it is better to explore different 4-note phrases. The do-re-mi-so pattern, popularized by Coltrane in his Giant Steps, Moment's Notice period, can be practiced on for clarity: bo-da-lugga, doo-ba-rebba, and so on. By having specific notes to work with, you can free up the other side of your brain to try other syllable combos. • Not all phrases are attacked the same. These examples I've given are for learning precision and clarity; scoops, slides, bends, shakes and other devices will require other ideas: dipthongs, consonant blends, tonal shifts, etc. Dow-oo, dow-oo. Drrrebba-doo-wee. Bweee-dabba bwee-poppa. Ree-ow, rare-negga-degga. Hee-yare, hee-yare, nigh-rabba. So many possibilities. • Finally, a vowel at the end of a syllable leaves a note open to be followed smoothly by another note in a phrase; ending with a consonant puts punctuation in your phrases: boo-depp, boo-depp, lugga-doo-bopp.
Click on Louis Armstrong to Hear Heebie Jeebie Scat Singing It is during this recording that Louis Armstrong “invented” scat singing.
Birdland – Weather Report Here is an instrumental version of the same song…
Here are some other songs we will be performing – performed by the original groups Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard Simon and Garfunkel In My Life The Beatles
Concert Dates • Jazz Day – Saturday, January 19th • American Music Concert – Wednesday, Feb. 6th • Jazz Night – Wednesday, April 30th