Vocal jazz/swing/ragtime sheet music

Discussion in 'The ChitChat Lounge' started by ultrabot90, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. ultrabot90

    ultrabot90 Like fishes need bicycles

    Can anyone point me to freely downloadable vocal jazz/swing/ragtime sheet music? Preferably for voice and piano.

    Also, recommend me some good vocal jazz/swing/ragtime to listen to. :D
  2. flood

    flood New Member

  3. ultrabot90

    ultrabot90 Like fishes need bicycles

    Lol dude. =/

    Two songs I've liked very much so far are Watermelon Man and Take 5 (and need I mention The Entertainer), but they're instrumental (which is practically the only consistent 'genre' I've heard in the last two years), and I'm looking for something to do instead of further stuff like
    I mean, it's not bad per se (you can do much worse, like Bollywood horse shit or local folk junk), but it's so not my kind =_=
  4. alexis_alicia

    alexis_alicia New Member

    listen to sum jean baudin dude.....
  5. flood

    flood New Member

    jean baudin? wtf? he doesn't play any of that music.
  6. flood

    flood New Member

    @ultrabot: you ask for the wrong advice at the wrong places... that was my point. i'm pretty sure there are good resources for sheet music all over the place; this forum still struggles with tablature.

    i only like some vocal jazz - am a big fan of the rat pack though, while you're on the topic of swing. ol' blue eyes just kills it anytime, every time. dean martin pwned too. they all did.

    the vocal jazz i DON'T like is the highly contrived hotel lobby singer types. michael buble pops into my head first.

    i'm a huge fan of chet baker's singing, and i think he was just as good a ocalist as he was a trumpet player. listen to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWHCRseZrN8&feature=search

    and if you can, just identify the basic chord progression for me and type it out here... i'm tone deaf and would like to play this on the guitar. cheers.
  7. ultrabot90

    ultrabot90 Like fishes need bicycles

    Frankly speaking, it's insane looking for vocal jazz sheets on the Internet.
    -Everyone wants fake books or instrumental jazz anyway
    -Because most people are least bothered with vocal jazz now
    -And because it's not 2030~2060 and a lot of copyrights haven't expired yet :p

    So far, I've heard - Gershwin's Summertime (I didn't know it was originally a vocal piece, I had only heard it in instrumental flavors so far), a bit of Ella Fitzgerald (she sings well, but too much vibrato for my taste), and some Louis Armstrong (his voice took a bit of getting used to, but nice).

    Sure, I'll give it a go. I must say though,
    -quite a bit of crazy chords in there, and I struggled with transcribing Watermelon Man (solo piano version), so give it a week or so.
    -I'm not experienced with chord progressions, I'll simply transcribe the whole song (GP5) for you. Go as little or as deep as you wish xD
  8. flood

    flood New Member

    i think it'S against the very nature of jazz to have sheet music for vocal jazz. i'd pick up on the progressions, play along and improvise. unless you want to sound like one of those "...plays the classics on guitar" type hacks. which is not my cup of tea, at least.
  9. flood

    flood New Member

  10. alexis_alicia

    alexis_alicia New Member

    yah i know its wrong post.....but i referred cuz ultrabot likes fingerstyle erg........
  11. ultrabot90

    ultrabot90 Like fishes need bicycles

    @flood - Wow, that's a nice rhythm there! Totally made my day.

    Writing sheet music comes easier to me, I can compose (2- and 3-part compositions ^^), but not improvise, over a chord progression.
    I guess I need to up my level and take some training in jazz before I tackle jazz playing. I'm mostly interested in learning improvisation the polyphonic way (or as jazz-people call it, 'chord melody'; it's anal how they don't teach improvisation in classical, and improv everywhere else means 'mindless lead-shredding over a loop'), learning how to apply theory on the go, and of course the new style of music that it is. Maybe I'll end up like Gershwin, classical+jazz *daydream*

    Thanks for the recommendations, I'll use them as the start of my collection.

    Btw, off topic, check this out, you'd be amazed - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPEGWkBMixk
    HE USES HIS LEFT THUMB @_@ (and NOT like the retarded Hendrix way)
    I thought this piece was impossible on classical without some INSANE 'playing above the 12th fret' skills, but this technique makes it possible with somewhat lesser work, plus adds SO MANY possibilities! I always thought that one bad thing about guitar is that when you're using the 1st (LH) finger to barre for a bass note, you are left with only 3 fingers to play the other parts, but this totally eliminates the problem! Add in the little finger on the right hand (already done by so many players), and the stage is set for utilizing all 10 fingers on the guitar.

    @alexis - Thanks, I had seen his videos before, but never knew his name, lol.

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