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Title is self-explanatory. I'm asking if there is a word or musical term for when a singer is mimicking the sound of the instrument that's playing. An example of what I'm asking for is at the very beginning of the song Dang Me by Roger Miller.

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This is a simple form of scat singing. The term is mostly used in jazz, but in the Roger Miller example it's used in much the same way: a bluesy-improvised lick that mimics an instrument.

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    And sort of related is beat boxing where lots of percussion sounds are mimicked. Apr 8 at 21:21
  • This is indeed example of scat singing, but to me it doesn't aim to mimic sound of any specific instrument. Scat singing doesn't need to mimic any specific instrument. Apr 9 at 1:20

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