Class: Scatting the Blues

California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St., Berkeley, CA

A four week class: 7/25, 8/1, 8/8 & 8/15 6:30 - 8 pm Scat singing—improvising over chord changes—is just one of the ways a vocalist can improvise, but it's often the most intimidating. Fortunately, the blues is a fun and familiar vehicle with an easy-to-absorb harmonic structure that most people can "hear." In this four-week course, we'll demystify scat singing by looking at the basics of blues harmony, swing, trading-4's, and developing a personal vocabulary of syllables. This is a “voices on” course with plenty of learning-by-singing in a safe, encouraging atmosphere. This is an excellent class if you've wanted to explore scat singing but didn't know where to start, or if you've started and want to get stronger. Open to all levels. 8 people max. enrollment.