Learn good singing technique as you sing a vocal warm up of eleven jazz standards and vocal instruction. After that, Singing With Style takes you to the next step and teaches you how to stylize all of those songs with ornaments, vocal riffs, scat singing tricks, and more. All of the essentials of good voice technique are covered, followed by extensive vocal stylizing lessons.
"Singing with Style is a one of a kind 3 CD vocal training method. Through classic jazz songs, you will learn essentially everything you need to know to develop a unique and interesting vocal style. Although this is a jazz based system, it can be used for any style. I especially recommend this to R&B and pop vocalists who are struggling with riffing and phrasing, as well as people of any genre who are bored with using scales to warm up their voice."
Austin Jenkins, Austin Vocal Studio, Jackson, OH
"I have dealt with a number of "professionals" in the world of music training and theory, but your no-nonsense explanations, examples and song choices really yield results. For the $25.00, your approach and process must be the equivalent of hundreds of dollars in singing lessons at least. Thank you, Susan!"
Barry Thomas, Lebanon, OR
Singing with Style Includes:
Three CDs 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.
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.
"Thank you for creating the most beautiful jazz singing lessons. They are exactly what I needed." Cynthia Soal
"An excellent, systematic program for jazz singers: This course is based on jazz style specifically, but should benefit singers of other popular vocal styles. The basic understanding of vocal technique is explained well, and the lessons progress quickly, but the important parts are covered fairly thoroughly." Phyllis Stillwell
On the first three audio samples the warm up version of the song is followed by the vocal style version.
Eb to Eb (two octaves): Alto/High Tenor/Bass range
Bass singers sing an octave below me. You can get an idea of the vocal range of the songs by listening to the audio samples. "Baby Baby All the Time" has the lowest notes of all the songs. "So Nice" has the highest notes. Sopranos and baritones can also use Singing With Style by singing a few note substitutions to add or subtract low or high notes: I explain how to sing note substitutions in the vocal style section.
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