Do you wish that it was easier for you to improvise while you sing? Do you wish you had the tools to know what to do to make up parts for your singing? Are you a classical singer who isn’t sure how to do cadenzas? In this episode, Tara breaks down improvisation and makes it simple even for the beginner.
Improvisation for singing can really be broken down to two different types of music—classical and popular.
There is ornamentation such as grace notes, turn arounds, trills, or a slides.
Then there are cadenzas—a chance to make up your singing on a fermata hold.
You get to show off your voice by using ornamentations as well as arpeggios, chromatic scales or jumps. Once you make up a cadenza that you like, you can also write it out so you have it for every time you sing the song.
“Improvisation does not have to be complicated!"
(Includes any kind of genre like rock, folk, country, pop, jazz, etc)
You may use something like running two notes together, doing a turn around, slides, etc
Scat singing: This is where a singer tries to imitate an instrumental soloist. They use nonsense syllables and many different syncopated rhythms. If you know theory and the makeup of chords, it helps with knowing what notes are available to you at any given moment.
You can also start with the actual melody and see what are the original notes. Then you can put them in a different order or a different rhythm. Or you can use just some of the notes.
Even in pop music, you have more options. With the rhythms and melody, you could keep it simple by picking some of the notes and doing a simpler rhythm than the original melody.
“You still want to make sure you have the melody of the song” (even with improvisation)
The last thing to know is that listening to other great singers to gain ideas will help immensely with learning improvisation. Listen for how they add improv to their singing.
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