JAZZ PHRASING FOR SINGERS

Welcome to my mini series on how to phrase for jazz singing. 

 

 

WHAT IS PHRASING?

Phrasing is part of your overall improvisation technique.

If soloing is your own intepretation of melody, think of phrasing as the expression you put into those lines; the speed at which you run certain lyrics together, how long you hold back before singing the next note, whether you hold a note for a long time or a short time, etc.

It all adds up to an overall expression, as if you were speaking a poem or speech with feeling.

For singers, this involves both singing the lyrics AND when you’re scat singing.

It can be quite daunting and difficult for beginner singers to grasp, so in this series I give you some ‘tools’ to use which will help you to create this ‘push and pull’ of the melody, add spaces to some spots or squeeze other lyrics together.

Just use these exercises to get started, then once you’ve gained more of an understanding of the concepts, throw out your lessons and develop your own style.

Nicola xx

 

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