In my blogs, I usually write about great (jazz) singers, and what aspiring jazz singers can learn from them.
However, the most common question simply remains: “how do I master singing jazz?”
That’s likely a bit much for just one article. But I’ll give it a try!
I do have over 25 years of experience. Not only performing, but coaching as well.
Even coaching beginners.
So I have a clear picture of what works and what doesn’t.
So I’ll give you the recipe. As a result of all my experiences.
Get lessons from an experienced vocal coach. Start performing at jam sessions (open mic events). Those things will prepare you for your own concerts. A formal education at a music institute is the most obvious choice. But you’ll have to audition.
Yep. It’s that’s simple (not to be confused with ‘easy’). Sadly no magic wand is available. But there is a shortcut…
Educate yourself. Before or during you do the above. It will save you loads of time, effort and money.
“Oh great, I can do that for free! I’ll just collect free bits of information on the internet.”
Spend enough time on the internet or, better still, life itself and you’ll find – the hard way – there is no such thing as a free education.
Education requires investment. Time, effort. Motivation, focus. And money. A big motivator. A big source of focus. As now you are invested. And money gives you access to the best possible tools for education. Which will make things a lot easier.
Not only that. Effective education needs a step-by-step approach from scratch. As to ensure you won’t miss crucial bits of info. And as to build a strong foundation of knowledge. On which the rest of the full body of knowledge can be built.
So don’t fool yourself. Ask yourself if you really want to learn to sing jazz or even master it. If so, realize that you’ll have to invest. In order to enjoy the bliss of carefree performances singing jazz. Priceless experiences. So yes, it’ll take an investment. And yes, it’s totally worth it.