I consider myself to be a decent vocalist, as well as a good guitarist, but somehow, when I combine the two, they seem to diminish slightly. I'm faced with two problems every time I attempt to sing while playing: a) my vocal quality decreases and it's more difficult to project my voice, b) I tend to speed up both singing and playing, and c) I sometimes forget the lyrics. There are a few songs where I can simultaneously nail the guitar parts and deliver strong vocals, but I could probably count the number of songs on one hand. Any advice? Anyone with similar problems?
Find a way to make the words fit with the feel of guitar...no ones gonna bitch to much about having a slightly different vocal melody than the original artist.