Singing with Style includes:
- Three CD download of eleven jazz standards played by a jazz trio (piano, bass and drums). The Vocal Warm Up section includes the songs with vocals and instructional introductions. The Vocal Style section includes the songs with more stylized vocals and instructional introductions. CD #3 has the same songs minus the vocals so singers can work "without the training wheels." These tracks without vocals can be used as a jazz vocal warm up, or for practicing different vocal style concepts.
- In the Vocal Warm Up section you'll learn about correct breathing and posture, how to warm up correctly, increase your range, improve your intonation (pitch), build control, build resonance, and improve your tone, volume and vocal endurance. Singers diction, the mix register, safe belting, articulation and vibrato development and control are also covered.
- In the Vocal Style section you'll learn phrasing, improvising, ornaments (licks and fills), pentatonic runs, scat singing, interpretation, melodic variation, vocal texture variations, and all the other vocal licks you've heard singers do but couldn't figure out. Though jazz songs are used to teach these elements, they are essential for all contemporary styles including pop, rock, R&B, country, and blues.
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Beginning singers can sing through the warm up section at their own pace to learn how to sing correctly and to develop good vocal technique and strength. Experienced singers can skip the instructional intros and use the vocal warm-up section to maintain their vocal technique and strength. Once they've learned the songs, singers can also skip the warm up section and move directly to working with the vocal style section.
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