I believe vocalists have been mis-educated, and in most musical settings are expected to achieve the same results as instrumentalists. Its not the singers' fault, but the long-term results are very obvious, once a singer is working beyond high-school level, and having to compete with their instrumental peers in college or beyond.
I am AGAINST working a vocalist through any information that is not applied immediately in context. What that means is if you receive information, whether a scale, a melodic or rhythmic exercise or concept, that information should be applied - within a song, or passage that transfers the learning immediately - on piano (or guitar), AND in your voice.
Vocal Jazz Online is about getting the singer to work through the material in a process-based mindset, instead of a result-based mindset.
Many instructional methods, voice teachers, websites with singing techniques are all useful and have a place in your musical journey - but what happens once you know how to sing - is it enough to be able to just sing? WHAT are you singing? What in the content of your songs is unique? What makes you standout as a vocal performer? Instructional methods can add flexibility, vocal technique should build facility in your voice - but what level of performer are you? Can you hang with high level musicians? Can you go beyond the notes on the page? How do you build your musical vocabulary? How do you go to the next level?
When instrumentalists play - touch an instrument - while reading music or exercises, they are working with their brain, employing multiple intelligences - aural (hearing), visual (seeing) and kinesthetic (using hands). Working with the brain in this way increases the ability for recall, memorization and comprehension - skills needed for building strong musicianship and great performance techniques.
Singers are most often NOT using these organic tools, and thus don't realize that they are missing any steps! They are a bit confused when they are told they are singing off pitch, or they can't hear or sing musical phrases that are a bit more advanced, perhaps with chromaticism, large intervals and chords with colorful notes (tensions).
Often a vocal instructor - or instructional book, CD or video, tells you what to practice. The singer is expected to go and do as instructed, and come back to successfully demonstrate the assigned task. Many do, but still don't understand what they did, and could not tell you how they did it, short of listening repeatedly to a recording and mimicking what was heard. The lucky ones demonstrate with accuracy - but not consistently. Or, the persistent singer will slow-walk to more advanced performance material, but the disconnect in theory and practice continues. Even with this persistent effort, most singers are often years behind their instrumental counterparts. The natural evolution toward songwriting, composing, arranging and richer improvisation never happens - and there is money that you never have access to earn in this business if you don't evolve to develop these skills. You can liken it to someone who knows how to talk, but never learns to read or write, and are thus illiterate. We must stop developing illiterate singers!
So, Vocal Jazz Online goes to the heart of the problem, and teaches you how to fish, instead of cooking a fish for you and putting it on the plate! Vocal Jazz Online's proven, one-of-a-kind vocal music training method facilitates excellent musicianship, highly developed vocal skills and consistency in performances on stage or in the studio.
Vocal Jazz Online builds a bridge for the vocalist from where you are, whereby you take tools in hand - instructional books, exercises, etc. and using our road map, fast forward to a new level of vocal performance mastery and career success. A great saying goes, "its not enough to do your best, you have to know what to do, then do your best!"
At the core of our concept is how the material is learned, and how the material is practiced! Then, no matter what is being learned, the results are long-lasting, sustainable and a strong foundation is built. The result is a singer with highly developed musicianship to build and sustain a competitive career in any genre.
Singers are trained to get to the point….learn the lyrics, learn the melody and we are ready to go! But why settle for a mediocre level of musicianship - why commit to being the least knowledgeable person on the stage? Whether a career as a jazz musician is of interest or not, learning to sing jazz and understanding jazz harmony and theory (which is not rocket science!) develops your ears and opens your creativity to a new palette of colors for songwriting, vocalizing and full expression. This creativity improves your performance and songwriting in whatever genre you choose to focus on for a career.
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