Scooping a note is a style thing. It's like salt, though... a little goes a long way and a lot can hurt you in many ways!
First: Why do we scoop notes?
- For style purposes. Certain genres are by nature 'scoopier' than others.
- To help reach a note. Yep. Admit it.
- Your listeners get seasick.
- Your producer gets agitated.
- Your pitch swims like a warped record (lps, you know... 'vinyl').
- Your pitch is sliding around so badly the tuner pulls it to the wrong note.
- The actual melody is lost in the peaks and valleys of scoops.
- You can't keep up with the drummer because the time it takes to scoop is weighing you down.
- This may fry your brain so be patient: Take some quality time and practice singing with NO... and I mean NOT ONE... scoops. Try singing your songs completely straight, sort of like a formal choir style version. You may need a coach to help you know whether or not you scoop a note. Scoops are vocal quirks that get memorized pretty easily and become almost subconscious. You may be shocked to find out how many scoops you did during a song or even just a phrase.
- Practice bouncing scoops up quickly instead of sliding interminably (and usually inaccurately). Try to scoop weightlessly from 1/2 step or less under, rather than a whole step which would be like trying to get up from a plush, deep couch.
- Your voice will now have options. Try singing again, experimenting with and without scoops here and there.
- Have enough good vocal technique to be able to control your voice. That way you can avoid the deadly scoop that stays down too long to ever get up! And you can actually make style choices.. because you ... can!