Scat

Musical improvisation is when you play or sing something that you create in the moment. Scat singing is improvisation using nonsense words and syllables. Often, a singer will try to sound like an instrument (trumpet, saxophone, etc.).

Ella Fitzgerald 
was an American jazz vocalist. She was known for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and her “horn-like” scat singing improvisation.

Ella is one of my favourite jazz singers–Check her out!

Nicole “Nikki” Yanofsky is an 18 year old Canadian jazz/pop singer from Montreal. She performed Canada’s National Anthem (and the song, “I Believe”) at the Opening Ceremonies in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver . In the following video, Nikki performs Ella Fitzgerald’s scat solo from “Airmail Special” note for note.

COMMENT:
What does scat singing sound like to you? A chatty bird? A buzzy insect? Cars zooming by and honking at each other in traffic?

Make up your own scat phrase using a mish-mash of sounds and words like this:
“Ish-fiddily-olten-dolten-Bebop-in-dittin’-dottin’-Whynot-in-shhhh!”
Post your scat phrase below.

*BONUS STICKER*
At your next lesson, tell me the name of my favourite jazz singer.

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4 thoughts on “Scat

  1. Scatting sounds like a pretend language. I have heard of Ella Fitzgerald but not the other singer. I could scat like this.Oba cuzi tookee subi aaaah yeah drub treyer kibiyeahhhhh, woo!

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