Thank you so much for sharing your passion and expertise with my students this morning! They all left feeling motivated and encouraged and hopeful in their learning journey, and that is so exciting!” Jackson HS.
GRETA MATASSA’S JAZZ SINGER CLINIC
“Hey singers, give me 3 hours and I’ll make a better jazz singer out of you!”
Award-winning Jazz vocalist/recording artist and respected educator, Greta Matassa is offering a 3- hour Clinic.
Bring in a jazz standard, sing it for her and let her offer useful critique and hands on practical methods for improvement!
- Communicating with jazz musicians: What they want YOU to know!
- Stylizing: Observations and techniques learned from the great and classic jazz singers. From swing to blues, ballads to bossas, contemporary to classic.
- Phrasing: How to make those lyrics real by using subtlies of delivery and careful diction
- Improvisation skills: Both rhymic and melodic tips and tricks!
- Technique: warm ups that keep you loaded and ready to use your skills whenever you get the chance
- Dynamic and Attack: Create interest and that “indefinable something”
Make audiences really sit up and listen!
- Scat: I have a fool-proof way of getting you more comfortable and it’s fun
- Performance anxiety: stage fright, preparation and stopping mind games
Cost: $50, limit 9 singers
BASIC JAZZ SINGING CONCEPTS : LEVEL 1
Singers of all levels are encouraged to prepare and bring in one song to be critiqued by Greta.
This class will cover many basic concepts of jazz singing.
- Understanding rhythm and the importance of knowing the original melody.
- The difference between jazz singing and musical theater/ cabaret
- How to find and count off your tempo.
- Basic good vocal form, register breaks, diaphragm and belly breathing.
- The different rhythmic subtlties of swing and latin, blues and ballads.
- Beginning improvisation.
- As always Greta is willing to answer any questions.
WHAT YOUR MUSICIAN FRIENDS WISH YOU KNEW!
You may not think you need this clinic but the jazz musicians in your area wish you would take it!
As a professional singer/clinician, I have made a living exclusively in the music business since the age of 14. Although I, like many of you, do not read music, I have been accepted and am indeed respected by many of the country’s top Jazz Musicians as “one of us.“
How is this possible?
I mean to share with you ALL my secrets about successfully communicating with Jazz Musicians!
I will cover everything from understanding how much information to give them i.e. counting off tempos, choosing key, establishing style, arrangement ideas to conducting with visual, verbal and sometimes musical cues.
Learn to recognize standard intos and endings, how to signal everything from trading fours to soloing etiquette!
YOU will want to video this class!!
TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT
You only have ONE chance to make a great first impression …Say you are given the opportunity to sing in front of someone you REALLY want to impress! What are YOUR best 2 tunes? These 2 will be jazz standards likely known to many players, in acceptable keys, without charts or lyrics needed.Which tunes do you call? Which key? Which style?I’ll show you how to make the right choices when the moment comes and show you a list of classics you should focus on making your “go-to” tunes.
THE JAZZ STANDARDS WARM UP
I have created the best warm up routine for jazz singers imaginable! In this clinic I will take you through this unique approach and help you to create your own personalized warmup using your own repertoire.
Based on my popular “Jazz standards warm up” series, this approach takes you through all the areas of your range and covers the trickiest spots in your tunes. What singers are saying:
“Absolutely Fabulous! Greta has discovered a very efficient way to increase your range and polish singer’s jazz technique at the same time. Now that I have The Jazz Standards Warm Up, I am consistently training my voice. I Highly recommend for jazz vocalists of all levels.”
What a great tool this is, Greta! Your method gets right to the heart of what so many singers grapple with…smoothing out that “clunky” gear shift of registers, while at the same time digging right in to the meatiest parts of so many great tunes. Multi-tasking at its finest…can’t wait for the second set of 20!
– Thanks 🙂 Elaine
I’m LOVING Greta’s “Warm Up With Standards” – this is genius. Greta takes you through the different registers in your voice, letting you feel out registrations in different keys. She uses the same “lick” or section of a song over and over, working bottom to top as well as top to bottom. Chromatic runs to blues licks, ballads to swing, she hits on some of the more complex vocal runs in the jazz repertoire, tuning the ear as well as the voice.
Thank you Greta – this is a FANTASTIC CD!!
And Now for Something Completely Different
One skill that is necessary in the studio, (and, by the way, on stage as well) is the ability to change your sound, your approach, your style COMPLETELY on a dime! If I ask for something very different from what you prepared, do you have the flexibility to do it? It can mean the difference between saving a musical situation and feeling defeated. I will show you how exaggeration and imagination can save the day!
SINGING WITH ‘UMAMI” SHAPING YOUR SOUND WITH THIS KEY INGREDIENT
Ask someone who thinks that they know what umami is, and They’ll tell you it’s the “fifth taste,” after salty, sweet, sour, and bitter. It’s that other thing, the thing you didn’t even know needed a concept or a name until someone pointed it out. That deep, dark, meaty intensity that distinguishes seared beef, soy sauce, ripe tomato, Parmesan cheese, anchovies, and mushrooms, among other things. It hits the back of your throat and leaves you craving more.”
NOW let’s talk about vocal “Umami”!
I’ve been thinking about and trying to describe to my students for years that quality that separates an average singer from a great singer, and to me vocal “umami” is the best description I can imagine.
There’s a deepness, effortlessness, rich, committed sound that all great singers have. It reaches beyond basically singing the notes in tune and in time. There’s a way of “addressing” and caressing each lyric that give intent and deeper meaning to the song! This secret is what I want to talk to you about!
It has to do with “turning a phrase”, “blooming” your vowels and enrobing your sound with crisp consonants, transparent air/tone ratios, thoughtful use of vibrato and ultimately psychologically giving yourself permission to really ‘go’ that far in delivery!
Time spent listening, emulating great voices and comparing yourself to them is intimidating but can be enlightening!
Then letting me take you line by line through one of your pieces and really tapping into this concept.
“This song of mine, in three quarter time…” Learn the art of the jazz waltz and how much it should be in your repertoire! Can you phrase in 3/4? Which songs are appropriate to sing in 3/4? What changes must be made in a chart to convert 4/4 to 3/4?Join us to learn more about this elegant rhythm.
GET ALL THE WAY OFF THE PAGE
I have memorized approx 3000 songs! Learn my secrets!
You cannot truly deliver a lyric until it’s inside you body! Let me show you a beautiful method of getting your tunes fully memorized and in the process re-vist what the song “is talking about”!
Be free to stylize and improvise with your tune completly without the crutch of a lyric sheet!!
SHHHH — quiet singing
The discipline of singing quiet in terms of proper healthy positioning.
Singing quietly helps me find a healthy spot to sing along with power singer such as Barbra Streisand Aretha Franklin addressing and finding that natural spot in my upper range that can be powered with diaphragm and everything later.
teaching note (not in mktg) The key is finding the position on your vocal chords quietly before powering.
RED HOT & BLUESY
Learn to sing the Blues!!
I’ll share some of my secrets for giving your songs some grit and soul. By using gospel and blues singers as a study, we will learn how to add a run or melisma to your improv. Plus some important safety tips on “belting”.
I’ve developed some exercises and warm ups that free you up to be more soulful in your phrasing!
HIGH, LOW, IN BETWEEN/ RANGE EXPANDING
Most singers wold love to have a wider range and more possiblities with thier voices. This clinic will introduce you to the concepts of building strength and flexibility needed to be a COMPLETE SINGER! Learn healthy ways to expand your range and deal with the problem BREAK area.
VOWEL EXERCISES, THE CENTER OF YOUR SOUND
Want to get at the source of vocal production? Remove those consonants and be alone with the sound of your voice on the vowels! Let me show you an innovative new concept in practicing your repertoire using a combination of free weights, gravity and breathing exercises. YOU’LL DEFINITELY FEEL IT WHEN YOU’RE DONE!
What do you do when all your songs are old and tired?
You re-treat them! Imagine singing the same song many different ways. We’ll supply a rhythm section to help demonstrate treatments like: samba, Back-beat funk, 6/8 or double-time swing. What about taking that ballad heavy repertoire and finding new rhythmic treatments?
LICKS, KICKS AND OTHER COOL TRICKS
How to use motifs, riffs and shout choruses as building blocks for your improvisational ideas.
Many singers avoid any sort of improvisation, assuming they must sing long, complex lines. Making up a new melody is as simple as taking it one bar at a time. In this class, we learn and practice the important skills of “simple, short and sweet”.
GET IN SYNCH
“Ya man, we played Stella, latin/swing/latin style and, like the singer just kept singing as if nothing was happening. It was a drag man…”
Don’t be left out of the fun! Learn how to recognize and capitalize on the contrasting rhythmic patterns commonly played in jazz, such as latin/swing/latin, double time swing/cut time swing, upbeat swing/samba, 3/4- 4/4.
Our jazz trio (piano, bass and drums) will demonstrate contrasting styles played in a single song presentation and YOU will learn to respond to them as they are being played!
TRUST YOUR EARS/ SPONTANEOUS SONGWRITING AKA IMPROVISING
Let’s learn a song from the INSIDE OUT! This is the BEST class I’ve ever developed to get you comfortable singing and listening at the same time! (A skill imperative to improvising!)
If you want to feel more comfortable re-phrasing (changing up melodies) and/or scat singing, this is for YOU.
GROW YOUR EARS
When we “grow our ears”, and quiet our inner critic, musical magic can happen. In this workshop, we invite letting go of patterns and habits that can stifle new awareness and possibilities.
We practice hearing the music as it’s happening and allowing ourselves to intuit and respond without editing.
This real-time improvisation opens the mind, creating new avenues in the synapse roadmap of the brain.
“Big Ears” is a very attractive thing in a vocalist. 😉 Come grow yours! This is an advanced level workshop for Singers. All level of Auditors are welcome.
Join us for an exploration of vocalese. Songs like Twisted, Doodlin’ and Moody’s Mood for Love were originally an instrument improvised solo, and lyrics were subsequently added later to become a new piece in the jazz repertoire.
We will hear some examples of classics and learn to write your own vocalese over your favorite song!
If you’ve already taken the “Trust Your Ears” workshop, this is a great “next step” to that process.
If you have NOT taken the “Trust Your Ears” workshop…don’t worry…you’ll be able to jump right in.
NO NET !
How well do you (REALLY) know the songs in your repertoire?
Vocalists often lean on accompanists without even knowing it.
In this workshop, we eliminate the crutch of a pianist leading you through chord changes or a drummer spelling out the rhythms. Bring your best known and loved songs. Locate and eliminate “train wrecks” that can happen with your own band, with a new musical partner, or in a jam environment.
Practice holding your song’s form, chord changes and rhythm in your own body. Learn how to stand on your own two feet — then FLY!
MAKE MINE LATIN
You don’t have to speak a foreign language to embrace and embody the latin style.
Greta will cover the basics for singing in common latin styles (bossa, samba, rhumba) and the not-so-common (montuno and cha cha).
She will teach you how to differentiate the styles, sing in syncopation and become your own rhythm section. Learn the secret of vibrato-to-straight tone and breath-to-voice tone to get that sensual latin sound.
LESS IS MORE/ ELEGANCE AND SUBTLETY
The key to a successful performance is keeping your audience listening. Even the most beautiful timbre or lovely lyrics can become tiresome if delivered with too much predictability.
When we give ourselves permission to “get off the 1/4 note” and “stop filling every measure”, we instinctively choose more authentic phrasing. Learn how to use space, asymmetry and dynamics to engage your fans and create more meaning in your music.
FAST/SLOW or “JUST RIGHT”
Learn to love the tempos you call on the bandstand regardless of whether they are “ just right” or not!
The fact is you will never count off exactly the metronome marking BPM that you likely practice with, so why not learn how to “deal” with, and love the tempo you get! This new clinic offer Greta’s insights into how to prepare for the subtle changes that must be made to make various tempos work on your songs. Never fear your count-off’s again!
A big thank you to Greta for teaching us how and when to harmonize, how to find a key that worked for both of us, and to pick tunes, arrangement, and voicings for greatest effect.
The class was informative, the other participants were inspiring, and Greta was, as always, a gifted teacher who uses humor to bring out the best in her students
THE ART OF SINGING DUETS
That’s right, I have another idea for you. For those of you who ever wondered how to make a duet with a fellow singer really work and be as fun as I can make it look on stage! Many of you are gigging now and occasionally you may want to pair with a fellow singer to share the fun, the expenses and to benefit from a shared audience. So let’s learn how to make work for you!
We will pair off and make some music together! We will learn about:
- Finding a compatible key
- Sharing the form
- Harmonizing with each other
- Call and answer
- Scatting together
- Finding good songs for dueting
You can reserve a spot as a pair (if you have a partner in mind), or I will pair you off during the clinic.
And yes, girls can sing with girls, guys and girls, guys and guys, chipmunks and squirrels…
SWING IT HARD
As Count Basie said, “Tap your feet!”.Don’t just swing, SWING HARD! Dig deeper in to find the “groove’’ and feel the “pocket” with swing styles. In this class, Greta will lead you closer to an authentic swinging style:
Greta’s “call and answer” to hear, see and feel what it’s like.
Study of big band sounds, (shout choruses, motifs and lip-synching with master swing singers.
Understanding attack (that pulsing beat).
“Tap dancing” with the words.
Get comfortable with being BIG. In this class, Greta will lead you OUT of your comfort zone and into intensity and excitement. If you’ve attended the “Less is More” workshops, this includes the flip-side of that coin…knowing when and how to selectively choose “More is MORE”. NOTE: “Less is More” is NOT a pre-req for this class.We’ll explore dynamics of sound and how to create drama with peaks and valleys in your tunes.
TRADING WITH THE BAND
Trading with the band doesn’t just mean “scatting 4’s with drummer”.You can scat trade 8’s 4’s and 2’s with any player in the band if you know how to get started. The audience loves to watch band members interact and even egg each other on in trades. Learn how to respond to 8’s, 4’s, 2’s (and keep track of the tune!)
BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS (Intros and Codas)
Having trouble finding your way in when you’re singing with a band? Are you doing just fine til you get to the end and suddenly have no idea how to end the song!?!
In this 3 hour clinic we will discuss and demonstrate the various possible intros and codas that you may encounter on the bandstand. Understand how they work, and even how to ask for what you would like ?
Help with: finding your tempo and counting off, conducting fermata’s, communicating with body signals and when to have an arrangement charted.
We will also cover “solo” etiquette, how to know when to come back in! Trading fours etc.
ALL VALUABLE INFORMATION NO SINGER SHOULD BE WITHOUT!
“TAP DANCE THE WORDS” UNDERSTANDING RHYTHMIC PHRASING
The fun of rhythmic phrasing. Understand how to teach your body to be a good drummer. Play with the words like Fred Astaire’s feet! We’ll explore the difference in swing and latin grooves. Learn and how to play “tug of war” with the bar line. I’ll show you concepts of attack that let your tunes really swing. And then there’s the William Shatner exercise…..!
FORGET THE DARN WORDS AND SCAT
You know you want to try it, but it seems so scary. Well, I’ll show some fun ways to get started scatting, using your own sense of swing, sense of harmony and sense of humor! We’ll take some songs we all know in common and using a variety of exercises, I’ll free your tongue up, so help me!
CONVERSATIONAL PHRASING: The Art of Ballad Delivery
The art of ballad delivery. Why does it sound like Carmen McRae is talking to you while she’s singing? Why does Frank seem to be in room with you on “One for my Baby” ?
You don’t have to have “lived it” to give a heart-felt delivery .
These singers have are some tricks up their sleeves and I’m going to show you how it works!
BASS ACCOMPANIMENT FOR SINGERS (New)
Singers, wanna learn to sing with a bassist only? One of the coolest treatments in jazz arrangements is the sparse sound of vocals with a bass accompaniment. You will learn about root chord movement and how to imagine the rest of the chord, tracking where you are in the tune, rhythmic treatments such a “two feel” and “walking,” and how to phrase within a more spacious setting.
Work with one of the top bassists in the country, Clipper Anderson.
(His new CD, “The Road Home” is currently #20 in the country!)
For this two-hour session you will have Clipper as your accompanist and I will assist you in understand how to make the most of singing in this setting. I will also record each of you.
Greta’s Singers Club
Oprah has her book club, and we can have our singers club. Come … settle in and get comfortable … and learn HOW to listen.There is so much the classic recordings have to teach us.This will be an evening of listening and sharing observations about MY favorite singers and instrumentalists. I’ll share WHO to listen to and WHAT to listen for.And … you’ll bring YOUR favorites, and tell us why you love them. NOTE: This is a listening session; no singing necessary.