Fun with ScatAbility Ex 23 Rosana Eckert | MichMusic Now

Hello and welcome to MichMusic Now. I’m
Michele Weir and we’re gonna have some fun today with Scatability.
It’s my iOS app and I found an iPad, and yeah, this is really a practice
session. Although it’s sort of part practice in part information and
education but you will be singing today. First though I’d like to start with the
end game. Meaning: I’d like to give you a picture of what it would look like if
you go through these four steps that I’m going to take you through in working
with the app. So, I’m going to start by singing. Alright? I am NOT
claiming to be “all that” about the singing, at all. I just want to give you a
picture of what it looks like when you are recording with the app which would
be the last step in the four step process. So, I’m here and I’m gonna just
quickly get to my place here and I’m going to press the red button and then
I’m going to get this microphone near my mouth so it picks up my singing. Then
when I’m done, I’m gonna press the red button again. Just improvising … wish me
luck! I think that’s enough. Press red. Okay!
Okay, nobody got hurt,I hope. And you can see now that I have a choice. I can play
and review it or I can discard it out of here,
or I can save it. So, you know, I don’t really know. I mean, it wasn’t the worst,
but it certainly wasn’t the best. Let’s listen to it real quick. Anyway…stopping it. Well, I will be discarding
that. I don’t think it was so terrible but, you know, it’s nothing that I need to
put on my next CD or anything. But if you do want to send a copy to your Aunt
Betty. because she will always love hearing your scatting, you just press
save and it goes in this record tab. That’s where you can find it and access
it later and export it out to Aunt Betty or you
can export it to your, you know, here’s what I sounded like in X, Y, Z month in X,
Y, Z year so that a year later you could compare notes.
Now, we rewind and we go to the beginning of the process.
Alright, you download your, free by the way,
iOS app. Is it available for Android. I’m so sorry! People ask me that every single
day, almost, and it’s not available for Android. I partner with a developer and
we have to decide together when to create that version because it’s kind of
a big deal and it just hasn’t been the right time yet. But, I might be making a
computer or website based version of it soon, and if I do, you’ll be the first to
know, I hope. But you’re going to have to check my website sometimes or, you know,
something like that, or get on my mailing list, or whatever.
Anyway, so beginning step: We’ve downloaded our free app Scatability at the app store. Then, we go to practice packs. Right now they’re in pack
groups of 5 products per singer. As we speak we are recording a whole new batch
of singers. It’s gonna be fun. Some really good singers and some people you know. So,
that’s coming soon and also we’re going to offer them a la cart so you can buy
just a single track much more affordable. It’s probably a better way to go. We
should have done that in the beginning, I think. Anyway, for today we’re gonna go
with Rosana Eckert. I’d like to call her Rosanna Eckert,
the Great, because she is so great as you will hear. We’re gonna work with exercise
23. That’s the one I just sang with a little bit, and there’s the page for it.
Hey, you can find out all about what key it’s in, the modulation scheme, what the chord
progression is, you know, the tempo, the groove, the instrumentation …
lots of good stuff. And we’re going to use this process in working with Scatability: Listen, Imitate, Improvise, Record. Listen, Imitate, Improvise, Record. Alright, so the first thing we’re gonna do is
listen to Rosanna, the Great, do some of this exercise. Just check it out: So it’s two chords, you know, just going
back and forth and then it goes through different keys. Right. So, one of the
reasons to listen is to, of course, learn the exercise. The other reason to listen
is to get really kind of deeply inside the music and what’s going on. What does
the groove feel like? How can I get inside the feeling of the lilt of the
groove? You know? And you want to listen like how does Rosana do it? You
want to listen to a her tone of voice, of course. What’s she singing with her
sound? Is it bright? Is she a dweeby? Is it kind of woofy and jazzy, jazz singer-y?
Or, you know, is it … you know what is it? And what kind of syllables is she using?
So let’s listen now mostly for the syllables. Let me go to the beginning here… Bop bay! Ba da ba day doo lay yah Bop bay! Ba da ba day da yah Bop bay! Ba da ba day doo lay yah. Bop bay! Ba da ba day da yah Right! Good! Could be useful to just
practice syllables only at first. Now, let’s listen for her sound. What level
intensity is it? High intensity, medium or low? I’m gonna
go with medium. Notice that she’s… you know, using very little vibrato but there
is a little teeny bit sometimes. Kind of a medium intensity level. It’s kind of
cool but it’s got a little “juice”, you know? She’s using a little bit of a
breathy voice, and I just love those little crescendos. You know they really,
really… they make it pretty. So now, let’s say we’ve listened a few
times. You’re pretty confident about it now. You know the exercise. Now it’s your
turn to sing with Rosanna. So I’m not going to get in your way here by trying
to also sing. So, I will just play this for you and you might want to stand up;
Wake up your body and get to some singing with Rosanna: You can change octaves. If it’s too high or too low for you change octaves. Men can sing with women’s voices in a
different octave. So then it goes to a whole different
idea. We’re midway through the track so it’s kind of a twofer situation right?
You get two for one; Two different exercises. And to locate that second
exercise you really only have to press the halfway button there and it
goes right to it. So another day or a couple of weeks from now you could work
on that exercise. So now comes the time where we say goodbye to Rosanna, the
Great; Don’t need her anymore, and now we’re gonna ditch her. Okay? let’s
do it. So we’re gonna just press mute, and she’s
gone, and now you have an accompaniment track, and you could do improvise.
I recommend you practice trying to emulate her same spirit, her general
sound, and her general, you know, style. And… yeah. That second half place gets
kind of funky and kind of digs in a little more. You know, it’s fun. It gives
you something to … you know it gives you a natural escalation in intensity so you
know normally you can just keep on going. If you’re a more beginning level
improviser, you know, you’re gonna want to just make music and make sure you’re
singing notes that of course work great in the chords and singing notes that
feel good rhythmically, using syllables and rhythmic lilt, or groove, or pocket or
articulation, to make it feel very, very comfortable. You know, just easy
sounding. If you’re a more advanced improviser you’re gonna want to up your
game a little bit and try to reach for some other things. You might experiment
with different tones of voice. See if you can get command of scatting with your
richer voice and then contrast it with your breathy voice, vibrato or no vibrato …
There’s all manner of melodic types of things that you could do. First of all,
just economy is number one. Like start sort with short ideas, leave space after
them. Short ideas, space, short ideas, space… Medium idea. You know, do patterns like
that to try to get comfortable with varying your phrasing. It’s a big part of
the game. I have some of my future MichMusic Now classes we’re gonna do on that
stuff. I’ve got a lot of fun games we can play. Ok, so now we have Listened, Imitated
Rosanna, Improvise and the last thing to do is to Record. Unfortunately I cannot
send the recording function through the Internet to you but I can show you again
how to do it. All you need to do is press record. Not play. Just the red button like
this. Then your mouth close to it… Anyway, you know,
you may need to experiment a little bit and listen to it to make sure you’re
getting a good balance of your voice to the track and then at the end you press
read again and that’s it. Red, record, red. And that’s it for now. I would sure love
to hear how you’re doing. Would you write me a note. I would be so happy. You can
write it on the MichMusic Network page or you can write it on YouTube or you
can go to my website and write it through the contact page. I’d also love
to know, always, what you’re interested in knowing more about. If you don’t know
much about me, I see a lot of new people kind of floating into the world here, the
MichMusic world, just go look at my bio on my website
and you’ll learn everything and more that you’d ever want to know about me. I
do a lot of different things that’s why I’m asking what you’re interested in;
Piano, Arranging, Overall musicianship, Ear training, Listening exercises,
Teacher topics, Rhythm Section topics Piano specific topics. There’s a lot
we could talk about. So keep me posted. I’m here to help you.
Okay, take care! Thank you! Bye!

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