#1
Hey I know these threads come up a lot but...yeah I'm trying to learn to sing and play at the same time..I know its a whole right / left side of the brain separation thing that makes it difficult (like rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time) but does anyone know any good non-guitar exercises I can use to practice more effectively?

Im just at work at the moment mouthing the lyrics to a song and tapping lightly to the guitar rhythm, but the two keep merging to each other - so either my tapping matches syllables on the song or vice versa!
Is this a good way to practice..or are there some better ways out there?
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#2
Best thing is to make sure you are completely comfortable doing each part on its own before attempting them together. Get to the point where you really don't need to think about what you are playing.
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#3
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Best thing is to make sure you are completely comfortable doing each part on its own before attempting them together. Get to the point where you really don't need to think about what you are playing.


+1
this is pretty good advice - its how i learned to do it.
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#4
This is tough because I don't even know how I do it really. I just make sure I know the guitar part really well and the melody of the lyrics and then work on doing them at the same time. Eventually they both just fall into place- it will be frustrating but I've found that just working on it (practice like anything else) will get you there.
#5
i wouldn't be able to sing at all had i not learned guitar, it just sort of started coming out feeling natural
#6
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Hey I know these threads come up a lot but...yeah I'm trying to learn to sing and play at the same time..I know its a whole right / left side of the brain separation thing that makes it difficult (like rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time) but does anyone know any good non-guitar exercises I can use to practice more effectively?

Im just at work at the moment mouthing the lyrics to a song and tapping lightly to the guitar rhythm, but the two keep merging to each other - so either my tapping matches syllables on the song or vice versa!
Is this a good way to practice..or are there some better ways out there?


Learn the guitar part first until you can play with your eyes closed... then bring the singing in...
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#7
I feel that singing well while playing well is an underrated talent. Many musicians can do one or the other well and tend to use their stronger talent to make up for their weaker one.

Floyd is right, to be able to properly focus on the singing part, you need to be able to play the guitar part with your eyes closed.

This is terribly worded advice, but the simplest way i can explain it, is you just have to FEEL it. You can easily confuse/mess yourself up when you think about either part too much, so a perfect command of both parts is a must. Then its all about turning your head off and jamming.

Example of FEELIN it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf1B9ktRCkg&feature=related