Putting Chords Together (unit 3)

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Unit 3 of Bob Stoloff's scat singing lesson introduces more progressive harmonic chord patterns.

Putting Chords Together (unit 3)

First, Unit 3 of the scat singing lesson, introduces more progressive harmonic chord patterns including the II-V-I, extended II-V, and exemplifies how to modulate keys using the cycle V turnaround.

Moreover, students will learn how to navigate half-diminished chords using the Locrian scale, and dominant tonalities using Lydian, Bebop, diminished, altered and whole tone scales and arpeggios.

Finally, students will learn how to use short melodic phrases to resolve primary and extended color tones over a variety of basic harmonic patterns.

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The main concepts taught

Harmonic Chord Patterns

Lydian Scale

Diminished Scales

Arpeggio

Program proposed by Bob Stoloff

In the first place, in Unit 3 of the scat singing lesson, we review the modes and how they are derived from major scales. Next is a review of triads and seventh chords followed by added extensions 9, 11 and 13. Then, we go on into a comprehensive study of unresolved II-V’s and extended II-V’s followed by a review of special scales including Lydian dominant, diminished, half diminished and the altered scale also known as the super Locrian mode.

Later on, tonal modulation (changing keys) is explored using cycle 5 with a focus on the roots, color tones, extensions and how these notes resolve from chord to chord.

Finally, we practice exercises that highlight the tonal resolutions of dominant 7th to major and minor keys and how to combine the Locrian mode with the symmetric diminished scale in order to resolve both major and minor keys.

ChapterDetailed Notions

Introduction to Harmony in scat singing

 

In this first session, your singing teacher Bob Stoloff will teach you modal scales, diatonic chords, chord scales and extension color tones.

Navigating II V’s – Scat singing with 8th Funk Beat

Then you will see the myxolydian scale, the dorian mode and arpeggios. Several exercices are available to train.

Navigating Extended II V’s – Extending Chord Patterns

Here, Bob focuses on extension tone phrases.

Modulating II V’s – Changing the keys

This fourth chapter will teach you the following singing notions:

  • Root motion,
  • Color tone resolution,
  • Root motion bass line.

Lydian Dominant Scale & Cycle 5

In this chapter, you will discover the Lydian dominant scale with added colors.

Half Whole Diminished Scale over dominant 7th chords

This session focuses on the half whole diminished scale which is a very different and particular one. Therefore the session will be divided into the first half scale and the second half scale.

You will practice with Scalar exercises.

You will also learn the grooving with tensions.

Altered & Whole Tone Scales over Dominant 7th Chords

The altered scale is another variation of the previous scale. You will discover the different tensions, extensions and colors that can be used.

Later on, Bob invites you to practice with whole tone scale exercices.

The Whole-Half Diminished Scale and Arpeggio

Learn the different types of Arpeggio over diminished scale.

Half Diminished Scale to Dominant 7 to I Minor

Many scalar and arpeggio exercices are available in this chapter to help you practice and master the half diminished scale.

Emphasing the #9

Finally, you will see more in depth the primary color tones. 

ChapterDetailed Notions

Introduction to Harmony in scat singing

 

In this first session, your singing teacher Bob Stoloff will teach you modal scales, diatonic chords, chord scales and extension color tones.

Navigating II V’s – Scat singing with 8th Funk Beat

Then you will see the myxolydian scale, the dorian mode and arpeggios. Several exercices are available to train.

Navigating Extended II V’s – Extending Chord Patterns

Here, Bob focuses on extension tone phrases.

Modulating II V’s – Changing the keys

This fourth chapter will teach you the following singing notions:

  • Root motion,
  • Color tone resolution,
  • Root motion bass line.

Lydian Dominant Scale & Cycle 5

In this chapter, you will discover the Lydian dominant scale with added colors.

Half Whole Diminished Scale over dominant 7th chords

This session focuses on the half whole diminished scale which is a very different and particular one. Therefore the session will be divided into the first half scale and the second half scale.

You will practice with Scalar exercises.

You will also learn the grooving with tensions.

Altered & Whole Tone Scales over Dominant 7th Chords

The altered scale is another variation of the previous scale. You will discover the different tensions, extensions and colors that can be used.

Later on, Bob invites you to practice with whole tone scale exercices.

The Whole-Half Diminished Scale and Arpeggio

Learn the different types of Arpeggio over diminished scale.

Half Diminished Scale to Dominant 7 to I Minor

Many scalar and arpeggio exercices are available in this chapter to help you practice and master the half diminished scale.

Emphasing the #9

Finally, you will see more in depth the primary color tones. 

A word from our teachers

Students will enjoy singing melodic exercises with more advanced scat syllables and have another opportunity to trade phrases with the maestro by ear over contemporary grooves in different tempos and musical styles, including:

Jazz Swing,

Latin Bossa,

R&B half-time shuffle,

16th Funk,

Reggae,

Afro-Cuban.