• Swing feel and Syncopation

Swing feel and Syncopation

At the very beginning of one's jazz studies, swing feel is the first and most basic thing, which the student comes in contact with.
The musician learns what the swing feel is, analyzing the triplet eighths, in order to understand the origin and the certain "feel" that the swing eighth notes have and begins to further deepen into the concepts of the terms "time" and groove. 

  • Improvisation

Improvisation "from the cradle"

It is a quite common belief, that improvisation (especially in jazz music) is something that requires knowledge, maturity, experience, aesthetics, etc.
That's the truth and this assumption is absolutely correct.
Nevertheless, I would like to get straight to the topic of this article and explain what I mean by the title "Improvisation from the cradle".

  • Singing and psychism

Singing and psychism

Singing is one of the most archetypal human forms of expression whether these might have been vocalizations and yodels or more sophisticated improvisations and melodies along with words.
However in our modern culture, people, especially those living in big cities, scarcely use this means of expression.

Modern lifestyle (with any type of complex or "blocking" it causes in the first place, establishing it as a form of "proper behavior" ) also deprives the humans of this very important and inherent way of expressing emotions, mood relieving, balancing the psychism, etc.

  • The appropriate teacher

The appropriate teacher

Exactly like any other field of knowledge, music (in its learning process) depends largely on the role of the teacher.

  • Jazz means improvisation

Jazz means improvisation

Throughout its recent history, evolution and contemporary route, jazz music has been identified with improvisation.
One point in which jazz differentiates against other musical idioms (that also share the element of improvisation) is that improvisation in jazz is not a static “snapshot” nor is a purpose.
We could say that improvisation is the very language of jazz.

  • Sound : power and homogeneity

Sound : power and homogeneity

The cornerstone, the center of gravity or however you call the mask in the process of singing, becomes immediately apparent how extremely important it is for the quality, power and homogeneity of sound.

  • Sound : articulation and volume

Sound : articulation and volume

One more factor that affects the quality of sound of a voice and the articulation is the mouth. The singer has to learn how to articulate properly and to be able to produce a homogeneous sound (read more at the article about the sound). 
This is a goal that can be succeeded with the collaboration of the three elements Breathing - Mouth - Mask. 

  • Sound : Control of diaphragmatic breathing

Sound : Control of diaphragmatic breathing

The first and most important chapter, regarding the "opening" of the sound of the voice, is breathing.
The great importance of breathing in singing, as in any other wind instrument, is absolutely understandable.
It is even more important though, to realize the great value of diaphragmatic breathing in comparison to the "short" (shallow) breathing.