Perhaps you’re among several guitarists struggling to coordinate both vocals and their hands. The following tips may help you learn how to sing and play guitar simultaneously.
You should meld your singing rhythms and strumming so that they sound seamless. Singing and playing are not two separate things.
Don’t unnecessarily complicate the task by selecting songs exceeding your skill level. Start by learning easy songs. Just those having few chords, simple strum patterns and lyrics you may remember easily.
Try remembering how you may finger B7 chord when singing while playing will make it completely impossible. Your guitar playing should be at that level where changes are effortless. Be comfortable with strumming, and this will free you to focus on singing.
For better rhythm and timing, practice with metronome. Spend some 10 minutes practicing simple strumming pattern with it.
Play the music on the guitar till you have it memorized, and may fluently perform it. A way to show if you have mastered a song is through playing it, while reading aloud from some book in front of you lying open. You may too play it flawlessly when watching television, or in conversation.
Hum the melody parts over the strumming patterns before singing them. When you get used to this, you’ll be comfortable singing it.
It’s better playing and singing correctly, though slowly than fudging the rhythms at full speed. Therefore, go through your song line by line, measure by measure till you can sing and play without making mistakes.
When playing a song using fingerpicking, you may take a few steps back to begin. First, sing through using plain strum pattern to play the chords. When you perfectly got the song down through this, move on to more complicated strum patterns and then finally to original picking pattern.
When you find that you’re straining to hit song’s note, try by changing the key so that the tones of the guitar adapt to your voice. You move the chords up some fret or two. Transpose a piece either a higher or lower pitch. Try again singing till you find a key suiting your voice.