Learning to Sing “How High the Moon” by Ann Hampton Callaway
“How High the Moon” by Ann Hampton Callaway is a challenging song because of its extensive use of scat singing, a vocal improvisation technique synonymous with jazz. This article will help you learn this song effectively.
Understanding Scat Singing
Scat singing involves the vocalist improvising melodies and rhythms using nonsensical syllables. It allows the singer to use their voice as an instrument. If you’re new to scat singing, the challenge lies in maintaining pitch and rhythm accuracy. Use the Vocal Pitch Monitor tool to see how accurately you are hitting the notes and the Pitch Training tool to hone your accuracy.
Identifying Your Vocal Range
The song requires a wide vocal range. Use the Vocal Range test to ensure the song suits you. If the song’s range surpasses yours, don’t be discouraged. You can still work on improving your range using effective warm-up routines and exercises. Refer to this article to understand more about voice types and range.
Good breath support is crucial for scat singing. To achieve this, follow the tips and exercises outlined in this Breath Support article.
Finding Your Authentic Scat Voice
Scat singing is highly personal and unique to each singer. Check out this article on how to find your own authentic voice for helpful insights.
“How High the Moon” has been performed by many artists with their unique interpretations. Comparing these versions can provide a rich understanding and inspiration for your performance. Our Artist Vocal Ranges tool enables you to explore different performances of the song.
Scat Singing In Other Songs
The technique is not exclusive to “How High the Moon”. Famous tracks like “Summertime” by Ella Fitzgerald and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” by Duke Ellington are prime examples of scat singing.
With consistent practice using these resources, you will make headway in mastering “How High the Moon”. Remember, the joy of scat singing is in the improvisation, so have fun with it!