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Course: Sing Jazz for Beginners

Sing Jazz for Beginners

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About this Course

You like to sing jazz. Or jazzy. But how do you do that?

In this course, expert Ilse Huizinga shows you how. Step by step.

You'll learn how to:

  • Get that jazzy sound
  • Get that jazzy feel; that special swinging timing
  • Find those jazzy variations on the melody
  • Find suitable songs to start with - to build your own repertoire of jazz songs

Relaxed, concise and clear instructions. From a pro with over 25 years of experience performing, recording and coaching worldwide.

What is Sing Jazz for Beginners NOT?

Ilse's course is not for singers who want to learn how to improvise. That would be a step too far in this course, in Ilse's opinion. First learn the basics. After that, you can develop your art and learn how to scat if you fancy doing that!

Who this course is for:

  • You, if you love to sing with a jazzy sound and timing
  • Classical singers with an interest in jazz singing
  • Pop, country and r&b singers with an interest in jazz singing
  • Musicians with an interest in jazz singing
Basic knowledge
  • Your interest for music - for singing
What you will learn
  • You'll know how to get that jazzy sound and swinging timing
  • You'll know how to sing basic variations to the melody
  • You'll know the basic jazz repertoire
  • You'll know how to develop your own style
Curriculum
Number of Lectures: 34
Total Duration: 00:38:13
Course Lessons
  • Introduction  
  • How to find your Jazz sound  
  • Step 1: Range  
  • Step 2: Loudness/Volume  
  • Step 3.1: Clear  
  • Step 3.2: Breezy  
  • Step 4: Vibrato  

    Vibrato is the 'shaking' of the tone. Instead of a steady tone with one clear frequency, a tone with vibrato fluctuates between frequencies directly above and below the 'core frequency'.


  • Step 5: Melody  

    embellishments are 'decorations'. Instead of singing just the notes of the melody, all kinds of different notes are added in between. To make it sound fancy or soulful. Or to impress. It's what the Baroque period was famous for.

  • The 5 S's  
  • Summary: How To Find Your Jazz Voice  
  • Timing  

    timing in general is the rhythmical placement of your notes. They could be on a beat (the counts in each bar, in jazz usually 4 in a four quarter beat: 1,2,3,4) or somewhere in between. 

    A straight timing can be used in jazz ballads or Bossa Novas for example.

    But a straight timing isn't unique to jazz. It's also used in classical music and pop for example. 

    The swing feel is. That's why we focus on it here.

  • Timing: Swing feel  
  • Timing: Finger snap  
  • Timing: Slow Swing  
  • Timing: Medium swing  
  • Timing: Up swing  
  • More on Your Swing Timing  
  • Variations  
  • Variations: Legato – Staccato  
  • Variations: Simplification  
  • Variations: Embellishments  
  • Variations: Direction  
  • Variations: Back phrasing on a beat  
  • Variations: Back phrasing between beats  
  • Variations: Forward phrasing on a beat  
  • Variations: Forward phrasing between beats  
  • Summary: Variations  
  • Repertoire  

    Most singers learn to sing jazz with a certain repertoire. The so-called Jazz Standards. What songs are great to start with?

    I included a list of great jazz standards for you. These songs are known all over the world, so whenever you feel like singing on an international stage, you’ll be fine with these. You’ll find them at the bottom of this page.

    Many titles yet may be unfamiliar to you. In that case, you can always go to Youtube and hear Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan or Frank Sinatra sing that certain song. The list I included are a great starting point and you could make it your first goal to sing all these songs.

    Then… when you want to go a step further – it’s a good thing to be aware of this:

    Finding repertoire that fits you like a glove and that helps you expressing who you are as a jazz singer is a wonderful and interesting journey.


    In the Great American Songbook, the canon of the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century, you will come across songs by famous composers such as George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and Duke Ellington. The vocal jazz repertoire isn’t limited to this material, but it is an essential part and a great place to start since it is part of the repertoire of virtually every jazz musician. It has become part of the jazz language.

    Real- and Fakebooks are books that contain collections of songs by many composers; the ones just mentioned and others. They are an important source!!!

    Real/Fake books can be purchased! For high or low voices! Including lyrics! Here they are on Amazon, but Google “Vocal Real Book” and add “high voice” or “low voice” and you’ll find other vendors as well.

    Low voices: https://www.amazon.com/Real-Book-Vol-Low-Voice/dp/1423451228

    High voices: https://www.amazon.com/Real-Vocal-Book-voice-Second/dp/0634060805

    Going through individual songbooks of those composers is a great way of finding lesser known repertoire.


  • Choosing your style  
  • Learning a new song  
  • Practicing  
  • Recommended Basic Vocal Jazz Repertoire List: 30 songs  
  • Recommended "Listen to Jazz Singers" List  
  • Extra Information on Fragments of Songs Used in This Course  
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(72)
Level
Beginner
Price
$ 10.99
Course Language
English
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