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

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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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