#1
Ive recently joined a band where Im the lead the lead guitar player, but I was thinking of trying a little backing vocals too. Im pretty good at singing, but thats not the issue, I just cant sing while playing guitar. Are there any excersises or whatever that I can practise to help get it right? Any help would be much appreciated.

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#2
Just practice singing while playing the guitar. You'll soon get your head 'round it, don't worry.
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#4
the best thing to do is to keep practicing it, start with simple songs
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#5
Start by learning the guitar part. Then move your mouth with the words. Start whispering the words, and go up from there.

Learn some singing/playing songs that are easy first (all of Nevermind is a good start).

Coming from a lead singer/lead guitar.
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#6
Yes, Necrophagist, it's pretty easy, just do some 6 string sweep arpeggios and growl at the same time.

Not very hard.
#9
learn the song thourghly,
i find i can only sing when i know the song back to front

or write your own songs, they are easy to sing cos you know em that well
#10
Alright guys thanks a lot!! The advice youve given me has been very helpful and friendly, ill start off with simple songs (green day, nirvana etc.) and eventually move on to more technical things, (Metallica, Megadeth etc.) Thanks.
#11
Just practice with some of your favourite, easier songs. I practice singing whilst playing megadeth, I find that playing stuff like that makes my voice sound naturally more aggressive, which fits really well in the band i'm in.
Keep practicing, rock on!

Also since you like metallica, learn to sing and play Nothing Else Matters, but in the verses start by just playing the chords. That helped me.
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Yes, Necrophagist, it's pretty easy, just do some 6 string sweep arpeggios and growl at the same time.

Not very hard.



6 string?! I may sound like a noob but I dont think ive ever seen a six string sweep before.
#13
try to play a song that you know really really well on guitar and where your hand moves without thinking about it, this way you can fully focus on singing.
#14
Learn some easy songs that are mainly just chords and words, no tricky riffs while singing when you first start out. Some good artists to check out would be Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Who, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Bob Marley, etc etc.


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6 string?! I may sound like a noob but I dont think ive ever seen a six string sweep before.



Educate yourself.


www.youtube.com search Necrophagist. You will be amazed. Try to find a studio recording, because the live videos are usually really hard to hear. BTW they're definitely not the only ones to use 6 string sweeps, just some of the most proficient.
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Just practice with some of your favourite, easier songs. I practice singing whilst playing megadeth, I find that playing stuff like that makes my voice sound naturally more aggressive, which fits really well in the band i'm in.
Keep practicing, rock on!

Also since you like metallica, learn to sing and play Nothing Else Matters, but in the verses start by just playing the chords. That helped me.



Can you sing to poison was the cure whilst playing it? Now thats gotta be hard.....
#16
learn the song, pretty much inside and out. then try to sing along, i found that with some songs, with a tricky melody, i at least pulled off and acceptable effort and doing two things at once.

also, look for "triggers", what i mean is, look where a word and chord/note fall at the same time, it can help with timing and shizzle
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#17
My advice is get to the point where you can play the song with out even thinking about it.
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Can you sing to poison was the cure whilst playing it? Now thats gotta be hard.....


Never tried, I can do 'Holy wars' and 'rust in peace'.

Have Megadeth ever played 'poison was the cure' live? i'd love to see it!

Like I mentioned before, Nothing Else Matters (chord version) helped me advance a lot.
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#19
Just talk out loud while you play, say random things, try to read something while you play, just work on multitasking, doing things while you play.

It will get better with practice.
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#21
I'm the lead vocalist/guitarist for my band. We're a trio band, so I do a lot of playing while I sing.

I started by just being able to hold a conversation with someone while playing something simple, then I built off of that. I also practiced with a lot of White Stripes songs, as they seem to be really easy to play and sing.
#22
Try playing the song really slow while singing it, and eventually work up to normal speed
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