The art of vocal improvisation is not just used in Jazz today! In fact, having the tools and techniques of improv can also help you in Pop/Rock/R&B, Country, Gospel, and Musical Theater. While scatting may be the norm in jazz, there are many other styles and types of improv you can incorporate into your songs. Here are some tips to help get you started with vocal improvising today!
Lots of students tend to play what they know best and avoid getting out of their comfortable zone! I always bug my students to learn something new every week and I don't mean working on new songs that tend to use the same chords - but really working on a drill, applying variations and then creating riffs with those drills.
For example, let’s pick a B minor scale and create a funk riff: (B C# D E F# G A)
When you're first getting into different styles of music on saxophone, usually a teacher suggests that you have different mouthpieces, one for classical playing, one for jazz, and another for pop, rock and similar styles. That's definitely good advice, but something teachers don't always talk about is the idea that you can make more changes to your sound by moving your ligature to different positions on your mouthpiece.
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Choosing an instrument can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be so hard! If you sit back and consider these key points, you will be in the right direction to find your future instrument.
Some instruments are easier to play as a young child while others can be extremely difficult! For one thing, some instruments are just too big. It would be difficult to imagine a four year old playing an upright bass. For younger children, piano, voice, and violin are popular choices.