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Jazz & More Guitar Lessons: Singing While Practicing

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Jazz Basics,
Singing While Practicing Part 1.
Singing while practicing is something
that I have addressed before and
I find it really, really important for
being able to actually get
everything you have in your head,
the music that you hear,
out through the fingers to your guitar.
And not the opposite way.
'Cause that often happens.
You learn a lyric you learn a phrase
a set fingering for a scale.
And then you're kinda stuck in
these mechanical movements that,
that you know it will repeat all over
again really without knowing why.
So, you don't have to sing really loud,
you don't have to be
have to do a skat solo.
But you can sing softly,
you can actually just try to
get the music you have in your
head out to your fingers.
So if we start by just improvising
over one chord, I will show you.
If we, if we have a D minor.
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And I will use the D, Dorian scale.
D, E, F,
G, A, B, C.
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And D.
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You can just do like this, you can.
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You can practice to a backing track or
without a backing track.
You, the best thing is actually to
just play without any backing track,
that way you can try to hear
the chords and hear the changes.
You know?
Without actually.
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Having a backing track.
So, so, you will be able to
outline everything much better if
you can practice this way
without any backing track.
Just hearing, trying to hear the chords,
and, and outline the changes.
Creating melodies on top of that.
So,.
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One, two, one, two.
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So, as you can hear, I,
I kind of start with a melodic motif.
I start with an idea.
And then I change it around a little bit.
Evolve it, you know, move it around,
change it rhythmically.
And this way you can get into real,
really like new stuff that
you've never played before.
Instead of just, you know, doing what,
the stuff that you're used to doing.
After a while, you can start
adding the chromatic passing notes
as I've spoken about many times before.
In between scale tones.
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You can start finding these chromatic.
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That's,
that whole chromatic, chromatic scale, but
in, instead you can just find it
at a few places where you like it.
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And, and then sing it.
One, two, one, two, three, four.
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That
was
the
major
7th.
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As a, as a approach note.
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And
after a while you can start going outside,
you know?
Superimposing other triads, other scales,
you know, over this D minor chord.
And, and just make sure that you hear it.
Start really slowly,
don't do that fast fancy stuff at once,
just start slowly checking
out the interval.
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Also trying larger intervals like.
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And, and so on.
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Jazz Basics,
Singing While Practicing Part 2.
Then the next step is to choose a song,
like in this case
The Green Dolphin Street.
It's a basic jazz
standard with in C major.
It has a typical form.
It, it's a not a very difficult song.
But it's a good place to start.
It's basically in C major but
it has a few other 2, 5,
1s, a couple of other chords in
there that are kinda interesting.
So, let's do it one time, I will improvise
over this song and when you feel ready,
upload a video when you're playing
over these changes, sing along,
you don't have to sing that loud but,
you can, you can sing along with it.
And also try it without the backing track.
So here we go, one more time.
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I start with a motif.
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Longer phrases.
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Faster
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Go outside a little bit.
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