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ukulele123
02-20-2008, 03:47 PM
Anybody have any tips on learning how to play and sing at
the same time?

Guting
02-20-2008, 04:11 PM
when I first tried it I had a hard time doing both together,

then I would play the uke, and the words in my head, leading to humming or whistling while playing, got it down after a short while.

ukulele123
02-20-2008, 05:56 PM
when I first tried it I had a hard time doing both together,

then I would play the uke, and the words in my head, leading to humming or whistling while playing, got it down after a short while.

alrite thanks man, i will try that out

Vibe
02-20-2008, 07:23 PM
Jus keep practicing. I had the same problem. As long as you keep playing the song and singing the words in your head. then try singing them out loud. also try playing with a simple strum. Its easier to sing to a simpler beat. Jus keep practicing.

Fred Miu
02-20-2008, 07:25 PM
Jus keep practicing. I had the same problem. As long as you keep playing the song and singing the words in your head. then try singing them out loud. also try playing with a simple strum. Its easier to sing to a simpler beat. Jus keep practicing.

same here. but what i do is i play the song through, then play and sing at the same time. hopefully i get better at it too, singing that is haha.

Terrell
02-20-2008, 07:57 PM
yea, i still have a big problem with that.. i can't sing and play cuz when i start thinking, my minds focuses on pitches and lyrics, and i forget about the strum and everything.. kinda like playing the piano with the left and right hand... which i'm bad at. but for some reason i can play drumset just fine. lol

ukulele123
02-20-2008, 08:20 PM
yea, i still have a big problem with that.. i can't sing and play cuz when i start thinking, my minds focuses on pitches and lyrics, and i forget about the strum and everything.. kinda like playing the piano with the left and right hand... which i'm bad at. but for some reason i can play drumset just fine. lol

same problem i have. haha

Link
02-20-2008, 09:31 PM
It took me about 3 months or so to finally be able to sing and play an instrument at the same time. It just comes toy you with experience. Practice practice practice.

davoomac
02-21-2008, 03:19 AM
The easiest way is to completely memorize the strumming for the song so that you can do it without thinking. Then memorize the melody and lyrics for the song. Then try it out at the same time. Start slow if you have to. If you keep working at it, doing them both will become second nature and you don't even have to think about your strumming while you sing.

When I first started out, I tried to play along with all the songs on cd, and try singing at the same time. Playing along to the recordings makes it a little easier I think. The more songs you learn to play and sing the easier it becomes to learn even MORE songs.. faster too.

Landon
02-21-2008, 06:39 AM
The easiest way is to completely memorize the strumming for the song so that you can do it without thinking. Then memorize the melody and lyrics for the song. Then try it out at the same time. Start slow if you have to. If you keep working at it, doing them both will become second nature and you don't even have to think about your strumming while you sing.



thats the best way to do it. thats how i did when i first started. i realized like, like terrel said, that i would focus on the song and not the strum so i practiced the strum so that it was natural. When you can day dream while your strumming and snap out of it and not remember playing the parts of the song before your ready lol.

I remember only being able to play and sing songs with the down up strum because all the songs i was learning had that strum. then i did hawaiian suppa man which was dduud which was hard for me, but i practiced and now pretty much can play and sing most songs by just looking at the chords so long i know how the words go.

AnthonyUkulele
02-21-2008, 04:37 PM
sweet dude imma try that kuhz i cant sing and play for poo hahahah

acabooe
02-22-2008, 02:02 AM
Thats the problem that I have.
I can start out doing the strumming, but once I open my mouth to get ready to sing, I forget what my right hand is doing and it goes to the simple up down strum. :p

I need to practice more.
Thanks for the tips everyone.

Aloha
Acabo'oe:cool:

mossyoak
02-22-2008, 03:38 PM
You have to really know the song in which you are playing. You should be able to strum, pick, or w/e it in your sleep. then it should be qute easy to sing.

ukeboypat
02-26-2008, 01:12 PM
ya so I used some of these tips and im going to sing and play infront of my school on thurs so i hope for the best lol

E-Lo Roberts
02-26-2008, 01:50 PM
My advise would be the opposite of what I've been reading. For someone who simply cannot do both together (sing and play), here is the order I recommend.

1. I would learn the melody and lyrics of the song. Write the lyrics down or print them out.

2. Learn the basic chords and write the chord changes on the lyric sheet at the exact word where the chords will be changing.

3. Stroke down only once for each chord change while you sing the melody.

4. Keep practicing this technquie until you feel you are comfortable to add a second strum on the down beat of each 4 bar measure after that.

5. Continue to add to your strumming pattern from there.

I have been playing and learning new songs my whole life (I'm old as dirt). I still use a variation of the method on difficult passages. It takes the thought off the instrument and allows you to form a song structure quickly without getting discouraged and dropping the song.

Good luck, it's simply another skill that needs to be mastered. You can do it! Good luck, e.lo....

davoomac
02-26-2008, 02:02 PM
E-lo has some good advice here. That method works great.

Thats the method I used when I first started out a long time ago. Though, I guess I forgot that I had used that :o

ukeboypat: good luck man! hope you do well :D

Ndtitanlady
03-05-2008, 07:12 PM
if it is really difficult to keep singing and strumming intact. try not singing it at all, like usually it gets hard to focus on the lyrics, pitch of voice, strumming, and fingering. So just humm it and see where you change chords during the song. Then once you know the dynamics of the song, try busting out the lyrics.

NotoriousMOK
03-06-2008, 08:56 PM
good stuff people -- I've been struggling with this too -- thanks!

jello
03-13-2008, 06:18 PM
So this is basically my first post. HA! My boyfriend told me to join the forum to get tips & this is what I'm currently struggling with.

I'm basically more of a singer & I really stink at doing two things at the same time. So ever since I started learning the Ukulele I just kept getting frustrated that I couldn't do both!

So yeah, thanks everyone for the tips! HOPEFULLY.... they will help someone like me :o

dakine2009
03-13-2008, 06:22 PM
don't worry, it's gonna take some time...
just learn how to play the song correctly and start singing bits and pieces...
i usually start with the chorus before anything else.

tribal_theory1
03-15-2008, 10:29 PM
it took me a while to finally be able to sing and play at the same time. all i can say is PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! try just down strumming while singing. soon you'll understand the rythm and timing. it took me a really long time to do this. especially since i was teaching myself to play in the first place. i still sometimes end up stopping to sing.

while we're on the subject, anyone PICK while singing? like really picking and not just plucking random strings. this is my next step. i'm just amazed at people that can play a lead instrument, while singing. there's this reggae band down here in san diego called the devastators. their lead singer also plays bass. whenever i try to pick and sing, i always mess up. any pointers on playing lead while singing?

E-Lo Roberts
03-16-2008, 04:34 AM
while we're on the subject, anyone PICK while singing? like really picking and not just plucking random strings. this is my next step. i'm just amazed at people that can play a lead instrument, while singing. there's this reggae band down here in san diego called the devastators. their lead singer also plays bass. whenever i try to pick and sing, i always mess up. any pointers on playing lead while singing?

Tribal, yes, I would consider picking and singing as the next level of skill once you have mastered the basic strumming and singing technquie. It's also much more involved and difficult to achieve. First you have to actual "learn" the basics of finger picking (which there are a number of picking patterns you could use.) Next, once you figure out what pattern to use with what chords you will be playing, you need to be able to do it in your sleep. You should be able to totally take your mind off the pattern, continue to play it, and hahaha.. watch the tv at the same time. After you can do this, you can try to sing your melody with the pattern.

I guess, if I were to analyze my brain waves while doing it, I would say that I am thinking 70% melody & voice with 30% picking. It's sort of like looking straight a head with your eyes looking at a picture (the melody/vocal) but being able to see your surrounding with your peripheral vision at the same time (the picking pattern). Sorry that's the best way I can describle the picking singing technquie....e.lo...

guitarguy159
03-19-2008, 10:26 PM
right.
it takes a lot of coordination to sing and play an instrument
ive found the hardest to be piano -_-
but just practice
as you do it slowly gets easier and you start making less mistakes

russ_buss
03-20-2008, 05:29 AM
when i first started, i found it quite difficult to do both guitar and sing at the same time. but the more you know the song, the easier it is to do. once you've committed both the chords and lyrics to memory and can play with your eyes closed, you'll be very close.

just close your eyes, start strumming, and if you know the song well enough, it will all come together. also, at first, don't concentrate too much on trying to match the exact strumming pattern of the original artist. it will screw you up. once you're able to feel the music and come up with your own strum, you can work on mimicking the artist's exact strum later (if you choose).:)

now once you've got it down, try a song that has syncopated strumming (i.e. jack johnson) and you have a whole new challenge ahead of you!

cheers!

experimentjon
03-22-2008, 07:18 PM
It looks like the answer is just more practice. The hardest song that I have tried to sing and play at the same time is probably Chris Ramos Wong's Break Up Song. I still have trouble doing it. It's like keeping a rhythem with your right hand, playing the right notes with your left hand, singing the right rythem with your diaphram, and making the right lyrical notes and words with your mouth. Thats a LOT of multitasking.

Singing well is a totally different matter...probably the most difficult part.

h-drix
03-23-2008, 03:27 AM
Singing well is a totally different matter...probably the most difficult part.

you can say that again. i love playing and singing, but my voice is SOOO bad, "three accents with a speech impediment to boot" as a my friend says. it really sucks.

for those who want to learn some more basic (and advanced) singing skills, check out this http://www.musicianforums.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=10
theres a two stickies at the top, both contain HUGE amounts of info on how to become better singer.

YuKoLayLay
06-29-2008, 08:11 AM
What i do .. is i play and sing .. while listening to the original song. I try keeping up with the song and it gives me the pace i need to play at. After awhile, you start to play it without the song, it wont be great.. but after some practice itll sound super awesome