Advanced Vocal Exercises: "Body & Soul"
Welcome to this video where we will work on more advanced exercises for melding your singing and playing, learning Body and Soul, and advancing your connection to the piano.
After completing the previous vocal exercises video, you will know the melody reasonable well for Body And Soul so now we will incorporate some more advanced exercises by singing the melody over the bassline.
Start by Singing the Melody as Written
You might remember from earlier videos in this course on accompanying vocalists, that most jazz singers rarely sing the melody as written. However, they do learn the melody as written first, and then they step out. So now that you know it, you can experiment too, first with embellished melody and then work your way up to pure improvisation.
Exploring Triads, Inversions, 7th Chords & Rootless Voicings
After watching these lessons, you will see that we are getting in the habit of thinking through changes, voicings, our playing, whilst singing and developing out voice at the same time. This engenders a real and natural connection to our playing whilst getting stronger in the melody and chord changes on one particular tune. Playing piano is one skill, singing is another skill. Playing and singing is a 3rd skill that you must acquire. This approach will help you develop your ability in this area.
Correct Posture When Singing & Playing
It’s important that you maintain the proper posture which singing and playing. Using your diaphragm, and having proper posture is completely possible at the piano. It’s something you need to be aware of. Pay attention to the charts that we use to illustrate this point. You can see in the lesson diagrams and downloads, that you must keep your upper body straight to enable diaphragmatic breathing.