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How To Scat!

We've all heard it--that jazzzy, rythimed vocals accompanying a small jazz band. Perhaps you've even heard a recording of Louis Armstrong or heard scat in the dance hit "Scatman." Scat is muscial, fun and now easy with The Shrubbery's official How to scat!

Step one

Forget step one, the best way to learn to scat is to jump right into it. It's improvisational and very personal, and in a live performance it depends a lot on the jazz technique of call-and-response, when musician jam back and forth to each other, the scatsinger included.

Here's how

Now we'll run through a sample of scatting, usuing a simple song we all know as the basis for improvisation. We'll start slow, and get faster as we go on.

Sing to the tune of "Rubber Ducky" by Ernie, of Sesame Street

Rubber Ducky, you're the one,
I'll make you a raft of dung,
Rubber Ducky I'm awfully fond of poop,
po-poop, da-ditty-do-do-doop.

Rubbery Ducky, be-bob-pum,
In the toilet, under my bum,
You're Hiroshima, I'm a B-fifty-two,
ba-bo, ba-bababa-ske-too.

Ba-beep bubber Ducky tata-do,
Skeebade Sqeeze dop dop do do to,
Brrre-ba ba pa pa thumb,
Scoobie-dooby spla spla plop! 

As you can see, anyone can do it, it's just a matter of practice. So until next time, bee-bopbopbopbopbop-billi rubin bop!



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