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7 Easy Steps to Practice Singing and Playing Guitar at Same Time

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7 Easy Steps to Practice Singing and Playing Guitar at Same Time

Multi-tasking is not easy. It requires a lot of skill, practice and coordination. For most of the guitarists, it is not easy to coordinate playing the guitar with singing. Although it may be difficult playing the guitar and sing at the same time, it is not impossible. You can do it successfully by learning the right tricks and practicing them regularly. You can become accustomed to doing both things if you devote enough time to it.

There are simple tricks that can help in making you good at playing the instrument and singing along with it.

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Make sure your guitar playing is effortless

The first thing that you need to ensure is that your guitar playing is effortless. If you are trying to figure out the basics of guitar playing while singing, then it will be difficult to focus on singing. You will find it virtually impossible to do both at the same time if your guitar playing skills are not well developed. Firstly you have to make sure that you can change chords effortlessly. Once your instrument playing is effortless you will find it easier to focus on the singing and it will be possible to coordinate both.

Start easy and simple

It is important that you should do is to start simple. Do not try to start with difficult and complicated songs. It is better to pick up songs that are simple to sing and have easy guitar parts. Start with melodies which have predictable rhythms. Once you have established the coordination between your hands and singing you can move on to difficult melodies. Starting off easy will help in getting hang of the art of playing the guitar and singing and it will give the confidence of trying more difficult songs.

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Listening is the key

Once you know how to play guitar the next thing you should do is to listen to the song you want to play. You should keep on listening to the song until you are familiar with each and every part of the song. Do not just focus on the lyrics; you need to pay attention to the melody as well. When you are singing and playing the instrument simultaneously, then you need to know the lyrics as well as the melody.

Practicing different parts separately

It is better to practice different parts of the song separately before combining them. If you try to play the whole song at the same time, then it can become a little overwhelming. You can easily learn all the chords by dividing it into different parts. Try to perfect one part at a time and when you manage to master all the parts you can combine them and play the whole song effortlessly.

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Keep it slow

Do not try to play the song at full speed. You can sing and play correctly if you do not try to rush things. It is better to take things slow. You will make things easier for you if you try to take the slow song. It will help in minimizing the errors. Once you have mastered the song you can increase the speed. If you approach the song with patience you will be more comfortable in playing and singing it simultaneously.

Consider changing the key

If you are finding it difficult to coordinate the notes of the songs with the guitar then you should think about changing the keys. It will help in adapting the tone of the song to the voice. It will make it easier to coordinate singing and playing the instrument. By changing the chords a little bit you will find it easier to make it more suitable for the voice.

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Keep on practicing

The most important part of the learning to play and sing simultaneously is to practice. You should devote some time to practicing every day. Even when you have managed to learn the basic skill you will need a lot of practice if you wish to do both effortlessly. Once you become practiced in both skills, then you can add more and more songs. Practice will help in synchronizing the instrument by playing.

With the help of these simple tricks, you can learn to synchronize the singing and guitar playing.

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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