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Scat Singing Workouts

Module 1 | Bye Bye Blackbird

About This Module

(Available August 2020, please check back!)

Scat Singing Workouts is a series of Modules to help you boost your scatting ability, and boost your confidence along with it! With a step-by-step process and strategic exercises this class will get you into action while having fun along the way.

All of the Scat Singing Workouts are self-contained, providing everything you need to learn the process and practice the material. Exercises center around the three most important components of vocal improvisation:

1. MELODY

The Melodic Etude provides a model of a well-organized solo, giving you practical experience at singing melodic lines with interesting shapes, differing phrase lengths and motivic development. The Melodic Etude will help you learn to improvise melodic lines that entice the listener, making it easy for them to track your solo as if they're listening to you tell a great story.

2. HEARING THE CHANGES

Having the ability to successfully navigate though a song's chord progression is critical for all improvisers. Luckily: most jazz standard songs contain only two or three tricky spots within their progression, while the rest of the changes are fairly easy to hear. In this Workout, you'll master the tricky spots by singing Harmonic Episode exercises, giving you a whole new freedom to improvise easily though the entire chord progression!

3. SYLLABLES & ARTICULATION

The Syllables-Only Practice Tracks will help you build a solid repertoire of syllable choices. Corresponding to the etude and exercises above, these practice tracks will steer you toward adopting a great rhythmic feel and articulation, essential for your solos to sound jazz-authentic.

This class also available in a version for Classroom/Workshop use.

AUDIO TRACKS & PDFs

All audio practice and backing tracks are available in two tempos:

  • the regular tempo for this Module's particular song, plus
  • a slowed-down version for more detailed practice.

Additionally, all Etude and Exercise tracks and PDFs are provided in two different keys to accommodate high and low vocal ranges.


Scat Singing Workout Module 1 utilizes the chord progression of the well-known jazz standard song, Bye Bye Blackbird (medium swing feel) as a basis for all exercises. It is recommended that you learn the original melody to this great song before starting work on this product.

Is This Class for Me?

This Module is suitable for singers at all levels. It's best if you have at least some experience singing, and an interest in jazz music before starting. While this product contains some theoretical info about jazz chord progressions, it is not essential that you have any background in jazz or traditional theory. Even without theoretical understanding, you'll benefit greatly by singing the exercises, watching the videos, and reading the info and suggestions.


If you love the idea of a clear methodology for 'how to scat,' guiding you to become confident in your scatting and to really enjoy doing it, this class is for you!



Your Instructor


Michele Weir
Michele Weir

Michele Weir is a veteran educator who has made significant contributions to the development of vocal jazz education around the globe. As an arranger/pianist/vocalist, she is known for her versatile skill set and ability to inspire. As one student put it, “Thank you again for being such an amazing mentor. You are truly the person I strive to be.”

Michele’s arrangements have been performed by notable vocal groups including New York Voices and the Swingle Singers, with orchestral works played by various symphonies including the Boston Pops. Michele served as Vocal Producer for the Manhattan Transfer’s 2009 CD release, The Chick Corea Songbook, also contributing two arrangements to the project. Her many arrangements for educational use are distributed widely through a number of different publishers including her own online company, the MichMusic Store.

Currently on faculty at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Michele is an active teacher and clinician, with past workshops in over 20 countries and presentations for some of the world’s most prestigious music conferences including the World Choral Symposium, the Jazz Education Network Conferences, and the ACDA National Conference. She was honored to have been selected as Keynote Speaker for the first-ever International Jazz Voice Conference in Helsinki, 2015.

Michele’s educational book/CD sets, Vocal Improvisation (Advance Music), Jazz Singer's Handbook (Alfred Publishing), and Jazz Piano Handbook (Alfred Publishing) are widely-used internationally, and in 2015 she created the first-ever iOS app for scat singers, ScatAbility.

Michele is a former vocal member of the Grammy-nominated PM Singers (under the direction of Phil Mattson,) and her duo CD as a vocalist with jazz guitarist Bruce Forman is titled, The Sound of Music. Past credits as a performer include numerous headliner guest artist concerts for educational festivals as well as on-the-road work as pianist for backup singer Bobby Vinton and others. Michele also had the unique opportunity to serve as Music Supervisor for the DreamWorks film, Prince of Egypt, journeying through Europe and Asia to oversee the music production for the film's foreign language dubs.

www.MicheleWeir.com


"YOU just have a way of making difficult thing easy (I still tell the story of how for years I couldn't understand what an altered dominant was and you explained it in less than 2 minutes!)"

- Wendy Jones, One World Voice Studio & Western Carolina University

"Michele, always, you are a treasure for all of us vocal jazz instructors. Thank you :) <3."

- Laura Harrison, Capilano University, Professor

"You never cease to amaze with clarity, calmness and 'concrete content'!"

- Kirk Marcy, Former Member, The Four Freshman

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the class start and finish?
Your class will start and end on the dates you choose. Unless otherwise noted on the Class Homepage, you can take it at your own pace!

How long do I have to access the class?
For as long as the MusicHabit school is up and running you have access to the class! It’s always available for you.

What if the course isn't right for me?
If you decide the course isn't right for you for any reason we offer a full money back guarantee within the first 30 days.

Is it possible to get an online lesson?
Maybe, it depends on the teacher’s availability. Start by contacting Michele.

Can I give you feedback or a suggestion?
Yes, yes, and yes - we would love to hear from you, thank you. Contact us.

Where can I go for help if I need it?
Ask a question in the MusicHabit Network Facebook Group for support or contact us directly.

This course is closed for enrollment.