Major, minor and blues scale (unit 2)

Bob Stoloff

Intermediate

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Go further in the scat technique with the Unit 2 of Bob Stoloff scat singing lessons!

Major, minor and blues scale (unit 2)

Unit 2 of scat singing class is all about melodic navigation using both scales and arpeggios with extensions natural 9 and natural 11.

This unit offers a diverse palette of exercises designed to help musicians practice the melodic sequences of major, pentatonic, blues, jazz bebop dominant and harmonic minor scales along with the Dorian, Mixolydian and Aeolian modes.

Practice sing-along tracks include a diverse collection of musical styles similar to Unit 1.

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The main concepts taught

Pentatonic Scale

Aeolian Mode

Dorian Mode

Myxolydian Mode

The Blues

Program proposed by Bob Stoloff

Unit Two of scat singing class teaches students how to navigate major, minor and dominant tonalities using an assortment of melodic patterns based on diatonic, pentatonic, Dorian, Aeolian, Mixolydian, harmonic minor, and Blues scales. Each exercise is complemented with special syllables designed to help the scat singer articulate single, double and triple rhythms with expertise. Using a call and response format, participants can enjoy increasing their scat vocabulary entirely by ear!

ChapterDetailed Notions

The Major Scale

Bob Stoloff, your voice teacher, will introduce you the unit 2 of his course.

In this chapter you will see the following notions around the major scale such as the:

  • Quarter note
  • Arpeggio
  • Different types of slurs
  • Trading phrases

The Pentatonic Major Scale

In this second part, Bob will make you work on the pentatonic major scale by using different patterns.

Several exercises are available to repeat after him and train your voice.

The Pentatonic Minor Scale

Comparably to the previous chapter, you will work on the minor scale and the relative minor.

Do not hesitate to practice on the exercises available.

The Aeolian mode (Natural Minor)

This session will be focused on the natural minor where you will see several declinations in:

  • Bb major
  • G natural minor
  • Extended scale notes
  • Arpeggio with extensions
  • 8th notes with Slurs
  • Diatonic thirds with slurs
  • F natural minor
  • 8th triplets with slurs

You will also practice your improvisation.

The Dorian Mode

This chapter re takes the same backtrack but will make you sing on the Dorian mode.

Harmonic Minor

Here, Bob teaches you how to navigate on the harmonic minor scale.

Thanks to a series of exercises, train yourself to improve!

The Blues

In this chapter, you will see several different styles such as the blues, the jazz swing and the raggae.

The Myxolydian mode

Bob will talk about the Myxolydian mode and will address the notions of:

  • Scale and arpeggio
  • Diatonic thirds with slurs,
  • Syncopated even 16ths in 3rds

The Be-Pop Myxolydian mode

 

This session is quite similar to the previous one but is adding dramatic notes to the myxolydian mode.

Blues Jam Session

 

Finally, during this last session you will train your voice using the blues scale, both major and minor keys.

You will have the opportunity to improvise.

ChapterDetailed Notions

The Major Scale

Bob Stoloff, your voice teacher, will introduce you the unit 2 of his course.

In this chapter you will see the following notions around the major scale such as the:

  • Quarter note
  • Arpeggio
  • Different types of slurs
  • Trading phrases

The Pentatonic Major Scale

In this second part, Bob will make you work on the pentatonic major scale by using different patterns.

Several exercises are available to repeat after him and train your voice.

The Pentatonic Minor Scale

Comparably to the previous chapter, you will work on the minor scale and the relative minor.

Do not hesitate to practice on the exercises available.

The Aeolian mode (Natural Minor)

This session will be focused on the natural minor where you will see several declinations in:

  • Bb major
  • G natural minor
  • Extended scale notes
  • Arpeggio with extensions
  • 8th notes with Slurs
  • Diatonic thirds with slurs
  • F natural minor
  • 8th triplets with slurs

You will also practice your improvisation.

The Dorian Mode

This chapter re takes the same backtrack but will make you sing on the Dorian mode.

Harmonic Minor

Here, Bob teaches you how to navigate on the harmonic minor scale.

Thanks to a series of exercises, train yourself to improve!

The Blues

In this chapter, you will see several different styles such as the blues, the jazz swing and the raggae.

The Myxolydian mode

Bob will talk about the Myxolydian mode and will address the notions of:

  • Scale and arpeggio
  • Diatonic thirds with slurs,
  • Syncopated even 16ths in 3rds

The Be-Pop Myxolydian mode

 

This session is quite similar to the previous one but is adding dramatic notes to the myxolydian mode.

Blues Jam Session

 

Finally, during this last session you will train your voice using the blues scale, both major and minor keys.

You will have the opportunity to improvise.

A word from our teachers

The scat singing class Unit 2 offers students the opportunity to share with the maestro over a variety of grooves in different tempos and musical styles, including medium Latin Bossa Nova, slow swing shuffle, medium jazz swing and even 16th R&B.