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Some help/advice would be appreciated here

#1 Post by GYiakoumi » Wed Jul 15, 2009 7:16 am

Hey guys.

Okay, so the situation is: I can't 'multi-task'.
I can't seem to sing and play guitar at the same time, without fucking up either one task.

Is there any way you guys know of practicing this?

Cheers.

[P.S] I'm learning Little Wing and I want to one day be able to perform it.

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#2 Post by Ugur Dariveren » Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:06 am

I can't do that if I play anything too complex or sing and each one has different timing. I guess you should start singing from basic songs just then move to more hard things.

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#3 Post by Desert_Runner » Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:32 am

I'd say practice it same way you would playing guitar normally.

Put a metronome ridiculously slow, say 40bpm or something, slow enough that you have to think about every note you play/sing. Then, once you've got the hang of playing and singing whichever part you're practicing, gradually increase the speed until you are at full tempo.

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#4 Post by Breeder » Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:52 am

practice guitar part to perfection...then learn verses, line by line AND RECORD YOUR SELF...I can`t sing to save my life but I practiced just that to develop my ears...plus it helps to compose and learn songs by ear

that works for me...

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#5 Post by GYiakoumi » Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:59 am

I'ma try some of these out- thanks guys

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#6 Post by Stephen Brown » Wed Jul 15, 2009 12:47 pm

Pat your head & rub your stomach.

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#7 Post by Big Bad Bill » Thu Jul 16, 2009 4:04 am

I can't play, blink and breathe at the same time. When I play guitar I turn blue and get very dry eyes.

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#8 Post by pawel » Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:44 am

Damn, Big Bad Bill, You must have very short songs ;)

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#9 Post by notavirtuoso » Thu Jul 16, 2009 1:48 pm

I have a friend that's a singer/songwriter type guy. He plays acoustic and sings in coffee houses and small bars and such. Anyway, he says he sometimes has a hard time singing/remembering lyrics if he isn't playing. I guess he mentally associates the words with the chords or what not. I told him he's a freak of nature and that I will never be plagued with such a problem. I'm like BBB, I'm surprised I can stand up and play at the same time.

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#10 Post by Big Bad Bill » Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:21 pm

notavirtuoso wrote: I'm like BBB, I'm surprised I can stand up and play at the same time.
Wow! I aspire to being able to stand when I play.

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#11 Post by notavirtuoso » Fri Jul 17, 2009 6:06 pm

Start by leaning against a wall. Attach a rope to the wall to tether yourself to it.

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#12 Post by Enma-Darei » Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:29 am

Dunno If this helps, But I just try to find the rhythmical relations between the vocal part and the guitar part. . . I know it sounds kinda weird.
Also, the music always has cues for the vocals, just analyze it.

It helps to get a recording of the song you want to play without the vocal part(karaoke version? lol, even a guitar pro version works.) and sing with it to find the relations and cues.

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#13 Post by Stephen Brown » Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:43 pm

The best thing to do is start with simple songs with commercially viable hooks.

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Then you can work on breathing & chord work before hitting solo sections.

The Beatles, Chili peppers, Neverna, Otis Redding...etc...etc..

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#14 Post by DomitianX » Sun Jul 19, 2009 5:00 pm

The "trick" I used for the few songs I can sing and play at the same time is dissecting the rhythm of the guitar compared to the lyrics. If you watch the guys that are good and you break it down by beats, you can see they have a rhythm to it. They sync the guitar and vocals on some level so they can keep it going.

I've spent hours/days working out each section individually and getting the guitar and vocal sync'd. Its not easy thats for sure. Its a definite learned skill.

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#15 Post by GYiakoumi » Sun Jul 19, 2009 6:06 pm

cheers for the replies folks, i'm trying something new each day!

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