Singing the Blues 101

Below are some basic vocal notes for the performance of Rock Me Baby, by Big Mama Thornton, from the album Sassy Woman.

We went through some of these examples during a workshop I led for Supporting Women in Blues in May 2014.

We had a lot of fun- especially exploring ‘vocal creak.’

Dynamic Contrast
The most striking thing about this is how she uses vocal textures like gravel and vocal creak to create dynamic contrast in the vocal line.

There is also a very gospel-like ending, with a lot of percussive stops.

Have a listen along with the picture, and it should help you hear a little of what’s going on.

The notes loosely follow the ‘vocal scoring’ as written by Donna Soto- Morettini in her book, Popular Singing; A Practical Guide to: Pop, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Country and Gospel.

Enjoy!

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