Sunday, March 27, 2011

How to Sing and Play Guitar at the Same Time

Selecting the type of song is the primary key to sing and play guitar at the same time.  If you choose a simple song which you can sing well accompanied by the guitar, and one that complements your voice very well, there’s no doubt that you can do it perfectly.  The more difficult the song is, or something that your voice cannot match will just cause frustration on your part, and an ultimate reason for you to decide quitting your singing ambition.
When you’re on the initial stage of learning how to crawl, don’t try to learn how to walk; that’s a great principle of life that is also applicable in singing and playing the guitar at the same time.  First thing you have to do is learn the song.  Try to listen to the tune and words of the song carefully, and analyze how they complement with each other.  Study the lyrics of the song and try your best to get the correct pitch in singing it.
Your ultimate aim here is to be able to master the song entirely.  When you’ve done that, it’s time for you to play the guitar.  When you’re listening to the song, observe the complicities and take note how the chords vary.  Then, you can begin to sing and play guitar at the same time.  Don’t fail to practice regularly until you have mastered the variations in the chords.  Keep on practicing as much as you can, and if you can practice singing separately with playing the guitar, that will make the process a lot easier.

When you have mastered singing and playing the guitar separately, bring them together and practice more.  But when you’re strumming the guitar, make it longer before you start singing.  You should hum the song first while playing the guitar.  This way, you can build a connection between the tune and the lyrics.  Since you have to focus greatly when you sing and play guitar at the same time, you have to slow down in doing it.
This is because the act of singing while playing the guitar is already confusing that can make the process harder for you.  As you go on, progress slowly to singing along with the guitar.  When you start singing with lyrics, practice the 1st verse until you become very familiar with it.  Then, it’s time to move to the next verse.  Whenever you start singing a new verse, sing it from the start, and start moving to the next one with great ease.
This will enable you to create a smooth transition from one verse to another until you can sing and play guitar at the same time.  Once you can feel that you’re doing it greatly like an expert, you can begin selecting more intricate songs, but remember that they should not be very difficult for you.  If you practice constantly, singing and playing the guitar at the same time will be a lot easier for you.  The gauge for you to determine if you can already sing and play guitar at the same time expertly is when your chord varies involuntarily and automatically while singing.

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