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Sing and Play

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neomass1  
7 Dec 2010 21:52 | Quote
Joined: 10 Apr 2010
United States
Karma: 11
I could use some tips on playing and sing at the same time. How do you do it? What are some songs that are good to start with?
Admiral  
8 Dec 2010 15:13 | Quote
Joined: 10 May 2009
Germany
Lessons: 1
Karma: 12
Well, i would start off with singing to some simple 4 chord songs. Then probably go to some songs like "smells like teen spririt, where you have some muted strikes or, weird rhythms. Then go to some fingerpicking and singing along (Green Days "Good riddance" is an example, or "Dust in the Wind") And when you finally can sing to some crazy guitar parts like the guitarist of The Fall of Troy, then you are just mad, haha.
tinyskateboard  
9 Dec 2010 10:59 | Quote
Joined: 28 Apr 2010
United States
Karma: 11
I would start by playing a song you really have down, then pausing between strums or picking to sing. Then start overlapping a little, then a little more.

Try 'Hey Joe'. It's easy and happens to be a circle of fifths to boot.
Well maybe not a circle of fifths, but the chords are fifths apart.
harleyofdoom  
9 Dec 2010 13:44 | Quote
Joined: way back
United States
Karma: 10
The method I used when I was first learning was to start simple with a couple of chords and hum the root note of each chord as it is played. once you have this down try humming a simple melody in the corresponding scale. this will also help you to develop your ear.

it takes a little time but i think this will help
Domigan_Lefty  
9 Dec 2010 14:43 | Quote
Joined: 20 Sep 2009
United States
Karma: 8
What I did was first learn to play without looking down. Then I would quietly sing to myself and gradually work up.
I started with Green Day's Holiday, and Basket Case.

Another good place to start is backing vocals. Then gradually extend to whole lyrical pieces.
neomass1  
9 Dec 2010 21:33 | Quote
Joined: 10 Apr 2010
United States
Karma: 11
Thank you everyone you have been a big help. Good to know I'm on the right path.


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