When I started learning the Sinatra songs I listened to them over and over and copied his phrasing which I did almost without thinking about it because I just wanted to learn the songs. I’m very pleased to tell you that I’ve moved on from this and now interpret the songs in my own way which has led to amazing results but I will give you more details on this another time.
In the recording studio I performed the songs the way I wrote them on the guitar or piano, that’s good I hear you say! no it wasn’t it was just ok because I didn’t phrase over the beat like all the great crooners would do. Now I do this when I’m writing the jazz songs and practice the phrasing before the recording session and use a very basic recording set up to listen back and make any necessary adjustments. In the first of this series of blogs #1 To Croon or not to Croon, there is more detail about live
performing, if you think singing in a recording studio and doing a live performance amounts to the same thing you would be very wrong.
There was one more issue in the studio (I’ve learned everything the hard way) the sound of my band is in the style of the classic big bands, but I wanted to push the boundaries on this a little bit and I now include Latin and pop influenced songs, I will give you some more details on this in another blog. The laidback style of phrasing didn’t seem to work with Latin and pop, so I had to re-think these song in the studio, that’s fine but remember the clock is ticking away and you are paying by the hour for the studio and the musicians, so we had to cut the Latin song from the EP. So it literally does pay to practice and do your homework before stepping in a recording studio.
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