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Book Love: Scat! Vocal Improvisation Techniques // 02


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Welcome to the 2nd installment of Book Love: a series in which I tell you all about the resources, guides, and inspirational books that I love. Today’s book is Scat! Vocal Improvisation Techniques by Bob Stoloff.

I first picked up this book after I saw that it was required reading for Elise Letourneau’s vocal improvisation workshop at Alcorn Studios. The books contains a short history of scat followed by a whole whack of exercises ranging from rhythm etudes to II-V patterns to bass lines to drum articulations. It really provides someone new to scat singing a solid foundation from which to work on.

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What I really love this book is it provides syllables to vocalize on for every note on every page of the book. The syllables written provide the singer with the most efficient route through the line. These syllables have really helped my speed and dexterity when improvising.

The book also comes with a CD where you can listen to Bob Stoloff demonstrate some of the exercises. It also includes some sing-along tracks where you can trade fours with Stoloff and practice improvising. The CD clearly demonstrates the principles outlined in the book, but also shows how they can be built upon to create your own personal voice.

Ultimately, this book is a super affordable, invaluable resource for beginner to intermediate vocal improvisers.

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That’s it for Book Love // 02. Let me know what you think in the comments below. You can also check out the last Book Love: The Dynamics of the Singing Voice.

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Renée

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Renée is a queer, non-binary, disabled, and chronically ill creator based in Montreal. They are a singer, songwriter, pianist, YouTuber, and Periscoper. They are currently a student of jazz studies at Mcgill University and a freelance vocal coach for young and emerging singers.

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