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Really amazing vocals. how does one approach learning how to scat?
Thanks! Really understanding harmony is the first step. Learning what notes are most important in certain chords and are potentially important in the other chords of the progression (these notes can be classified as guide tones and color tones), being able to use them in simple phrases (even if the phrase consists only of those notes), creating melodic ideas and then filling them in with pitches (which you already do if you compose, improvisation is just faster), these things are just the beginning. Playing piano definitely makes it much easier though! There's actually a book I recommend to people who are wanting to learn more about the fundamentals of jazz theory and harmony (and therefore, improvisation/scatting) called The Jazz Theory Book by Mark Levine (it's brown and has instruments on the cover…fairly easy to find). The examples in the book are great and it's broken down into sections that actually make sense lol…
DooBeeDooBeeDoo Concert Review: Lauren Lee Jazz Project – a boundary-pushing ensemble led by Lauren Lee, a highly skilled and very imaginative pianist and singer: http://www.doobeedoobeedoo.info/?s=lauren+lee
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