How To Scat Sing

Knowing how to scat sing will make you one hip jazz singer. Scatting requires superb musical skill. When you scat sing, you become one with the jazz to improvise melodies and nonsense words. You use creativity and have freedom when you set your voice loose like this. Be like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Mel Torme, who thrilled audiences famously with their bee-wop-a-dee-ing.

  1. Listen to the great jazz singers. Find old school recordings of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Mel Torme, Cab Calloway, Scatman Crothers, and Dizzy Gillespie. Listen to them scat sing over and over.
  2. Warm up your voice before singing. Drink water. Do some shoulder rolls, forward and backward. Then, hum and sing some scales, starting in the lower range of your voice, and staying within an easy range for you.
  3. Practice singing scales and arpeggios. Make the arpeggios become so natural that you’ll be able to listen to any accompaniment, and sing notes that will work with it. When you scat sing jazz, you need to have a good ear, and a flexible voice that can sing anything. Work on making your entire voice range strong.
  4. Imitate your scat singing recordings over and over. Sing along. Learn your favorite scats. After you can imitate the greats, try on your own.
  5. Get some recordings of instrumental versions of jazz. Start with something easy, like the eight bar blues. Choose some nonsense syllables, like bee, bop, doo, wee, yow, and so on. Start singing by echoing a melody you already heard in the music. When you feel more comfortable, improvise creatively with a new line of soaring, dipping, crazy scat that sounds great with the music.
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