Sometimes, it can be really advantageous to choose a song and improvise for a long period of time, with a plan. 20 choruses is quite a bit of time to improvise, and by then end, (if you record yourself), you will learn a lot about your own improvising. You'll notice your habits, what things you need to work on, your strengths and your weaknesses, and you'll be better for it!
I know I preach a lot of information about improvisation. I'm not sure that I follow it all in this performance of Harold Arlen's "Let's Fall In Love," but sometimes, I don't know...you just gotta go for it. Improvising in harmony with myself is something I work on quite a bit, but I rarely show it. I hope that will change as I practice more. Recorded using Earthworks SV33 Earthworks PM40 5'3 Hallet Davis Baby Grand Panasonic Lumix G85 - Details on Aimee's Gear
Here is my take on the beautiful Erroll Garner standard for this summer Monday morning.
Singing the Richards and Leigh song that Frank Sinatra made famous, with a back up track from the iReal Pro app in my living room!
Once in a while, I suppose I might rant a little bit. This is something that has been troubling me, and I needed to say what I am feeling about it. I think the future of vocal jazz is in trouble, unless we remember the importance of improvisation.
For over half my life, I've been inspired by Bobby McFerrin. My drive to be better, to push myself, and to always be working on something interesting comes from what I've learned from listening to his recordings and watching everything "Bobby-related" on the internet that I can find. This is a video to say thank you and tell Mr. McFerrin and the whole world what an impact his music and teaching have had on me. Much thanks and love. Aimee
Learn how in 6 months, I went from being a very low-singing alto with a high note-aversion to singing a Bach Sinfonia in a very soprano range.
You don't have to come up with every musical decision when you're performing. Let the masters teach you how. Learn from Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington and Aretha Franklin with me as we try and "Accentuate The Positive." Thanks to Tony Powell for help with my research. If you'd like to donate to my channel, click here: https://paypal.me/aimn
Can you tell the difference between these iconic jazz vocalists? Let's listen very carefully and notice the subtle nuances as well as major stylistic choices that put each of these singers in a league of their own.
Rosana Eckert - Principal Lecturer of Vocal Jazz at the University of Northern Texas, is one of the best improvisers and educators I know of. Without an instrument to press buttons on (a singer), Rosana has to accurately call up pitches from her improv vocabulary and execute them at top speed. Her ability to do this is matched only by a handful of people, in my opinion. Discount code to get both CuriosityStream and Nebula at 26% off - $14.79 for a year https://curiositystream.com/aimeenolte Rosana’s new single: Samba Jiji - Single by Brasuka https://music.apple.com/us/album/samb... Rosana’s website: https://www.rosanaeckert.com/index.html
I'm using my voice here to think about articulation and phrasing choice, but of course this applies to all instruments and the ways you choose to articulate. It's always something to be considering and I hope this gives you some ideas for the future!
Freedom Jazz Dance” is a jazz-rock piece that was composed by Eddie Harris in 1965. The “free” in the title comes from the fact that there’s only one chord, a Bb7, and during your solos you can basically play anything you like over it, going “inside” and “outside” at will.
Parked the car. PARKED. Not driving :-) And started singing. It's fun sometimes to just see what comes out. Thanks for watching!
Many singers show up to auditions or jam sessions and have no idea which key they sing their song in. This is unacceptable., and is easily remedied. Let me teach you how to choose your key, so this situation stops happening. If you'd like to support me, you can do so at this link: https://www.paypal.me/AimN
Ever wish you could sing a nice harmony along with someone? Where do you start? You start right here, with this simple concept of the common tone.
Improve your pitch, whether you are a singer or a stringed instrument player by using the technology that is free and right at our fingertips! It's not rocket science...and it's fun.
This is one of my favorite standards. I really had a nice time playing this one. I hope you enjoy it. Thank you for your support and for subscribing and sharing with your friends! Aimee Nolte
Maria Schafer is a talented vocalist with one of the sweetest tones you'll ever hear. Hang out for awhile with the two of us as we sing together and talk about her 2 years with the Glen Miller Orchestra and her new projects.
Let's take my "point and sing" practice method and really stretch the limits of what is possible! I reserve the right to stretch even further in the future.
These are my very favorite voices on the planet. The five people I mention in this video were born with an indescribable and un-learnable something that makes their voices stand out above all others to me. Let me know your favorites in the comments!
My (Not So) Top Secret (Anymore) Practice Method: Point & Sing - Singers AND instrumentalists: I don't want you to sound like a robot when you improvise. Let's get you sounding like a thoughtful, feeling person, who can hear their way through changes without having to memorize patterns. I want to make HONEST musicians out of you. Point & Sing is the best way I know of to accomplish that! If you'd like to support me, you can do so at this link: https://www.paypal.me/AimN
My good friend, Tama Shutts came over today for a vocal duet over Rhythm Changes. Super Fun! If you'd like to see more duets from Tama and I, check Jam Of The Week on Facebook. You can see Tama perform if you're in So Cal over at Cal State Long Beach with "Pacific Standard Time."
Ride along with me as I talk about why I think you are already playing what you hear.
SWV "Weak" Challenge - FREE PDF and MP3