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How to Sing The Blues

There’s so much to learn on how to sing the blues in the books, DVDs and CDs here, it’s almost too much to go into, but we’ll give it a try. The subjects include: syllable articulation, accents, ties, octave slur, imaging, shading, squeezing notes, vocal range, major and pentatonic scales, tempo, phrasing, call-and-response, head voice, vocal maintenance… phew! And that’s just the beginning. With award-winning instructors taking you from the very basics to a comfortable skill level, if you’re interested in learning to enjoy your bluesy side, c’mon over and pull up a DVD or book.

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Judy Niemack : Exploring the Blues

Review: Hear It and Sing It! Exploring the Blues is an effective tool for learning to sing and improvise on blues. Designed for people who love to sing, as well as for students and teachers in vocal jazz programs, it includes a step-by-step approach to learning blues lyrics, forms, harmony, scales and improvisation, with a brand new repertoire of songs. Vocal examples followed by accompaniment-only tracks make learning easy and enjoyable. New songs include lyrics added to compositions by jazz greats Dexter Gordon (plus lyrics to his solo), Johnny Griffin, Gigi Gryce, Julian Priester and Norman Simmons as well as compositions by Judy Niemack and Sheila Jordan. The book includes: blues forms, scales and harmony; transcriptions of exercises and improvised solos; accurate lead sheets for 14 contemporary blues songs; examples of 12 different blues forms; scat syllables; blues riffs; "Voices in Blues" history chapter; Listening and repertoire suggestions. The CDs include: 14 songs and exercises sung by Judy Niemack, Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy and Darmon Meader; "Hear It and Sing It" blues warm-ups, riffs, scales and harmony; recordings of each song featuring vocal plus accompaniment-only; exciting accompaniment tracks by top New York City jazz musicians; and more.

Songlist: Getting Started with the Blues, A Shot of Blues Juice, The Lyric Form, Call and Response in Blues Lyrics, Learning to Improvise, Four Steps to Singing Blues Changes, Basic Blues Workout, Scales to Know, Blues Scale, Scat Syllables, Pronunciation Guise for Scat Syllables, Blues Riffs anf Riff Blues, Jamming with Darmon Meader, Minor Blues, Soloing on Minor Blues, Trading twos with Sheila Jordan, Jazz Blues Progessions, Singing the Changes, Jazz Blues Workout, Bird Blues, Guide Tones, Blues Scale on Standards, Blues wtih a Bridge, Vocalese Blues, Odd-Meter Blues, Chromatic Melody Blues, Simultaneous Improvising, Voice in Blue

Style: Blues

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7818b | Book & 2 CDs | $24.95 | Solo |

Carol Rodgers / Masta Edwards : Blues Vocals

Review: Develop your blues style and phrasing using the blues scale, major pentatonic scale, call & response, expand your blues style and phrasing and write and sing your own blues. Sing along with BB King, Albert Collins, Robben Ford and many more! Instructors Carol Rogers and Masta Edwards do an excellent job in hosting these informative programs and will be of great assisiatnce to aspiring blues singers. This DVD contains Vocal Basics One and Two, with Blues Vocals One and Two.Total running time of 135 min.

Songlist: Correct Breathing and Mouth Position, Vowel Exercises: The Key to Developing Vocal Control, How To Find Your Vocal Range, How To Use Your Technique in Different Styles, Exercises for Extending Your Vocal Range, "Chest Voice" and "Head Voice", Ways To Interpret a Melody and Make the Lyrics Come Alive, Vocal Maintainance: Taking Care of Your Voice, The Blues Scale: The Traditional Sound of the Blues, The Major Pentatonic Scale: The Sweeter Side of the Blues, Call-And-Response: The Basic Method of Blues Phrasing, Expand Your Blues Style and Phrasing, Write and Swing Your Own Blues, Sing Along With B.B. King, Albert Collins, and Robben Ford

Style: Blues

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6155dvd | DVD | $19.95 | Solo |

Gaye Adegbalola : Learn To Sing The Blues

Review: Here'ss a vocal workshop that will help bring your blues songs to life! W. C. Handy Award-winner Gaye Adegbalola has identified 17 key points to help a singer put his or her song across. As she puts it: "My mission is give you some ideas to help you relay a story... lay your soul bare... share an experience... say aloud what others feel deep inside." In an engaging and powerful session, Gaye shares the singing techniques that she has gleaned from a lifetime of performing. She provides important tips on how to communicate with an audience, and performs more than a dozen traditional and original songs. Her instruction in breathing, vibrato, the "growl", the octave slur, imaging, shading, squeezing notes and other tricks of the trade" will add color and flavor to all your blues renditions. For all levels. 80 minutes.

Songlist: Intro, Personalize Your Song, Phrasing, Energy, Breathing, "Meet Me With Your Black Drawers on", "Hear Me Talkin' To Ya", "Down Home Blues", The Growl, Repertoire, Squeezing Notes, "Life Goes On", "Dirty Sheet Blues", Dialoging, "Blues in the House", Octave Slur, "Sweet Black Angel", Imaging, Breathiness, Shading, Tempo, Correct Key, "XCold Pizza and Warm Beer"

Style: Blues

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6296dvd | DVD | $29.95 | Solo |

B.B. King : The Best of B.B. King

Review: Two dozen of B.B.'s bluesy best! Includes: Ask Me No Questions - Everyday I Have the Blues - I Need You So Bad - Paying the Cost to Be the Boss - Riding with the King - The Thrill Is Gone - Woke up This Morning - You Upset Me Baby - and more.

Songlist: Chains And Things, Nobody Loves Me But My Mother, Please Accept My Love, Sweet Sixteen, You Upset Me Baby, Woke Up This Morning, Ain't Nobody Home, I Need You So Bad, Beautician Blues, Hummingbird, How Blue Can You Get, Ask Me No Questions, Cryin' Won't Help You, Every Day I Have The Blues, Gambler's Blues, Help The Poor, Paying The Cost To Be The Boss, Rock Me Baby, Sweet Little Angel, The Thrill Is Gone, Why I Sing The Blues, Riding With The King, Be Careful With A Fool, Three O'Clock Blues

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40246b | Songbook | $17.95 | Solo |

Bessie Smith : Bessie Smith Songbook

Review: This 38-song book is a tribute to the work of Bessie Smith, unquestionably the greatest of the vaudeville blues singers. Includes a biography, discography, lots of photos, and classic songs like: After You've Gone - Baby Doll - Baby, Won't You Please Come Home - Cake Walking Babies - Gimme A Pigfoot - A Good Man Is Hard To Find - Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out - and more.

Songlist: Baby Doll, Backwater Blues, Blue Blues, Cake Walking Babies From Home, Dirty No-Gooder's Blues, Down In The Dumps, Foolish Man Blues, Gimme A Pigfoot And A Bottle Of Beer, Hard Time Blues, In The House Blues, It Makes My Love Come Down, Long Road, Lost Your Head Blues, Pickpocket Blues, Poor Man's Blues, Preachin' The Blues, Reckless Blues, Rocking Chair Blues, Safety Mamma, See If I'll Care, Shipwreck Blues, Standin' In The Rain Blues, Take Me For A Buggy Ride, Wasted Life Blues, Young Woman's Blues, New Orleans Hop Scop Blues, After You've Gone, Baby, Won't You Please Come Home, A Good Man Is Hard To Find, Down Hearted Blues, and more

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40242b | Songbook | $21.95 | Solo |

Various : Blues & Soul Christmas

Review: 22 blues and soul favorites, including: Baby, It's Cold Outside - Back Door Santa - Blue Christmas - Dig That Santa Claus - Jingle All the Way - Lonesome Christmas - Nuttin' for Christmas - Santa Baby - T'was Love - 'Zat You, Santa Claus? - and more.

Songlist: Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Please Come Home For Christmas, Jingle All The Way, Boogie Woogie Santa Claus, This Christmas, Baby, It's Cold Outside, Merry Christmas, Baby, Back Door Santa, 'Zat You, Santa Claus?, Christmas Blues, Blue Christmas, All Alone On Christmas, Gettin' In The Mood (For Christmas), Dig That Crazy Santa Claus, Gee Whiz, It's Christmas, Swingin' Them Jingle Bells, Lonesome Christmas, Soulful Christmas, T'was Love, I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, Nuttin' For Christmas, Santa Baby

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40248b | Songbook | $12.95 | Solo |

Various : The Best Blues Songs Ever

Review: Over 70 amazing songs

Songlist: At Last, Cryin' Time, Fever, Hound Dog, I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man, Kansas City, Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out, Pride and Joy, Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time), The Thrill Is Gone, West End Blues, ...and scores more!

Style: Blues

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7918b | Songbook | $19.95 | Solo |

Various Arrangers : The Big Book of Blues

Review: 80 of the all-time best blues tunes in one jam-packed collection!

Songlist: Ain't Nobody's Business (If I Do), As The Years Go Passing By, Baby Please Don't Go, Before You Accuse Me (Take A Look At Yourself), Big Boss Man, Blues Before Sunrise, The Blues Is Alright, Blues With A Feeling, Born Under A Bad Sign, Bourgeois Blues, Bright Lights, Big City, Caldonia (What Makes Your Big Head So Hard?), Catfish Blues, Cheaper To Keep Her, Come On In My Kitchen, Crazy Blues, Crosscut Saw, Dimples, Early In The Mornin', Easy Baby, Everyday I Have The Blues, Flip, Flop, And Fly, Forty-Four, Further On Up The Road, Gangster Of Love, Going Down Slow, Good Morning Little School Girl, Got My Mojo Workin, Have You Ever Loved A Woman, Hi-Heel Sneakers, and more

Style: Blues

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5175b | Songbook | $19.95 | Solo |

Bob Stoloff : Blues Scatitudes

Review: This awesome follow-up to the popular book Scat!, Blues Scatitudes is packed full of vocal improvisation techniques on the Blues. Focuses on blues solos in variety of contemporary grooves, while also covering syllable articulation, accents and ties, Blues etudes, and more.

Songlist: Musical Terms, Scat Syllables, Using Accents, Major and Pentatonic Scales, The Blues Scale, Eight Blues Scatitudes

Style: Blues

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6315b | Songbook & 1 CD | $25.95 | Scat |

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