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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 May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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