The Jazz Vocal Institute's Glossary of Scat Syllables (Part 1)

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Here's a list I made of jazz scat words and syllables. It's not as exhaustive as I would have liked but I consulted an official* glossary for the letter Z.

Had a friend who said one time that the best one is 'shway.' Have you heard? The word is 'shway.' It's got groove, etc. He was a jazz performance major at the time, he didn't really understand postmodernism.

Uh, though I ought to defer to that kind of expertise, it faces some pretty stiff competition from, among others, 'zwee'. Don't get me wrong, it's certainly a contender. You can scat a lot of jazz with 'shway'.

Have you ever made up your own jazz scat word? If so, what was it?

Ah
ba
Bah
bee
Boh
Boo
bop
buh
Dah
Dee
deel
Det
Di
Diddley
Dih
Do
Do-dat
Doo
dool
Doot
Doot-n
Du
Dwee
La
n
Ooh
scoobidy
Shway
Shwee
Va
Vwee
Wa
Wah
ya
Zat
Zee
Zigga
Zippity
Zobba
Zobbidy
Zog
Zoom
Zow
Zu
Zuzu
Zwee
Zwit
Zwoot


The field divisions are fastened with felicitations. (Deflatormouse), Monday, 23 January 2023 17:43 (two weeks ago) link

oh fuck, this shoulda been an OPO.

The field divisions are fastened with felicitations. (Deflatormouse), Monday, 23 January 2023 17:44 (two weeks ago) link

Zog only used by the Alex Jones 5 iirc

I could've sworn "zweeee" was canonical.

birdistheword, Monday, 23 January 2023 18:34 (two weeks ago) link

ah it is there, never mind!

birdistheword, Monday, 23 January 2023 18:34 (two weeks ago) link

last three are alltime. it's listed like a countdown already, so.

"i'm grateful." (Austin), Monday, 23 January 2023 18:44 (two weeks ago) link


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