Adding a little bit of Scat singing can really give your songs that quirky wow factor and take them to the next level. Learning to scat also helps develop your musical ear super fast, and it can be a LOT of fun.

So even if you don’t sing jazz or blues and want to give this cool technique a go, I’ll break it down for you in today’s video so you can get your scat-thang on!

I’ll do a breakdown of Melody Gardot’s ‘Baby I’m A Fool’ to show how she adds just a little bit of scat singing into her music which sounds really good.

Nicola x

VIDEO SUMMARY:

#1. Sing the original melody using ‘lah’

  • Pick a section of the melody that you would like to scat. This is usually going to be the bridge or ‘B Section’.
  • Then sing through the melody as is, but instead of saying the lyrics, just use a Lah Lah Lah sound.

 

#2. Pick three or four scat syllables to try out.

  • These can be really simple like Doo Bah Boh, or Dee Dl, Dat… etc just go with the flow here.
  • Then sing over the same spot but use your scat syllables instead of Lah.

 

3. Keep it simple.

  • The trick to keeping your scatting palatable and in ‘ fashion’ is to keep things really simple. Don’t go for epic 7 minute scat solos, just aim to sing four bars or so for now.
  • Keeping it short and sweet means that you can add scat into your songs no matter what genre you sing.

 

#4. Improvise the melody.

  • Once you’ve gone through those steps, then you can try improvising the melody a bit. This is another art form in itself and you do need to develop your musical ear to get this right but again, simple is best.
  • So start by singing the existing melody then add a couple of new notes in there, then go back to the original melody again. Eventually your ear will start picking up new notes that work.

Have fun with it!!

Nicola x