How To Sing And Play Guitar At The Same Time

One of my new students recently asked about singing and playing the guitar at the same time, and noticed that my beginner guitar lessons do not contain any video material on the subject.

This is true, I'm sorry to say that I have no singing voice whatsoever, so this subject isn't addressed on the website at all, sorry about that.

I can't say that I will have anything of the sort in the future since I sound like a seagull with a fever when I try to sing 🙂

I do know a bit about the technique though, and as I've heard from others and have tried myself, it's not the easiest form of making music. You need to be able to totally separate your singing from your guitar playing, a skill which is quite difficult to master.

You could maybe compare it to playing the drums, where all 4 of your limbs need to be performing different tasks.

Guidelines for singing + playing the guitar simultaneously

Here are the general things you'll need to know.

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Learning how to play barre (bar) chords is always going to be one of the most difficult techniques beginner guitarists will face. The good news is that they CAN be learned, it just takes a fair amount of practice and dedication. Good things don't come easy, but with enough time, you'll be laughing when you think back to not being able to play them, I promise.

You'll get it soon!

You'll get it soon!

The key to playing bar chords is getting used to the correct technique, than practicing it over and over again every day, for as long as you need to. Getting it right might take a few weeks or a few months, it really depends on how well you learn the basic technique of how to bar chords, and how much you practice them. Here are a couple of tips on the correct method of barring chords.

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What do you need to do to learn blues guitar? Not much actually! In my honest opinion, I think it's one of the easiest styles to play on the guitar, which is great news for beginner-intermediate players. If you are already somewhat familiar with basic lead guitar techniques, you could be playing the blues very soon.

You just need to learn the tricks of the trade, combine it with a hint of music theory, and you could be improvising to blues backing tracks very quickly.

And no, that's not a typo. You'll be IMPROVISING and making up your own music on the fly. Now how cool would that be? 🙂

I found many blues guitar courses available on the net, bought 4 which seemed worth the money, and narrowed the list of best blues guitar DVD courses down to 1 final contender, Blues Guitar Spotlight.

I wish I could offer more variety, but there aren't any other all-encompasing DVD courses worth noting.

Here are the details:
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How much is you guitar worth? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I'll bet you'll be amazed once you see the price tags on these babies! Check out the video on the 10 most expensive guitar in the world, and start saving up...

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Learning to play the guitar involves learning to play chords on the guitar. How many chords should you learn? As much as you need to achieve your goals. Usually, the more you play, the more you'll want to learn. I usually recommend you start out with the beginner guitar chords, and work your way up from there.

Learn those chords!

Learn those chords!

Once you start playing songs, you'll need to learn a whole bunch of chords anyways, it's all part of the learning process. This is why we created our free guitar chords library, containing the chord chart and fingering to over 1,000 chords. Now will you need to memorize all of those chords? No way! But the chord library provides a great reference for you, when you don't know the fingering to a chord, looking for the intervals of a chord, or the you need to play to arpeggiate it.

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Learning to play the guitar can get a bit expensive in the long run. It's not that any one aspect is overly expensive (except you Gibson :-)), but the fact that it takes quite a while, and all the little things can really start adding up if you aren't mindful of your spendings.

Save $$ on Guitar Stuff

Save $$ on Guitar Stuff

Because of this, I've collected a couple of discount and coupon codes for guitar students, which you'll be able to use to save a few $ here and there, and in the long run, it might even add up to major savings. And don't underestimate this! Learning guitar takes years, and you'll be saving hundreds of $ if you spend wisely.

I'll give you links to coupons and discount offers to redeem over at Jamplay, GuitarTricks, Guitar Center, Guitar Pro and of course TheGuitarLesson.com below.

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The reason why 95% of people start learning the guitar, is because they want to be able to play songs. This is totally natural, since the point of playing an instrument is to make music. Only few people have set goals with the guitar, such as professional musicians or composers, but for most beginner guitarists, being able to play famous guitar songs will suffice.

Practice more songs!

Practice more songs!

Hence the big question, how long will it take before beginners can actually play the songs they like? The answer depends on several things, but mostly, how much practice time you can put into learning the guitar. The more you practice, the better you'll get, and the more you'll actually want to practice, since you'll have loads of fun playing new songs.

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Opening gp3, gp4, gp5 and .gpx files is as easy as 2 clicks, once you have the necessary software downloaded and installed.

Guitar Pro: a tablature editor, a score player, and a backing band all in one

New Guitar Pro 7

Files with the extension of gp3, gp4, gp5 and .gpx are all Guitar Pro files, and the numbering refers to the version of Guitar Pro they were originally created with. The present version of Guitar Pro is GP7, which is the most modern version of the guitar software to date.

Guitar Pro files are actually tablature files, since Guitar Pro is a multi-track music sheet editing program. It has the power not only to write music for any instrument you can imagine, but thanks to its realistic sound engine, it has the ability to playback the score as well.

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If you're at all serious about learning to play the guitar, you'll already know the secret to advancing your skills.

practice time

Practice time

Practice, practice, practice.

Saying it is actually easier said than done. You need to, first of all, make the time, and you also need to come up with a suitable practice routine, that will develop your guitar skills.

As a rule of thumb, if you have X amount of time to practice, it's a good idea to split up your practice session like this:

  • 1/3 devoted to technical aspects of playing guitar and scales. This gets you practicing and refining things you have already learned.
  • 1/3 devoted to using your knowledge to play and make music, along with a backing track for example. This is the fun part 🙂
  • 1/3 devoted to learning new stuff. This is where you advance as a guitarist/musician.

Each part of this general practice routine is important, but it is still just that, pretty general.

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