First Singing Lesson (with Guitar) – Free For All Beginners – by Marko Coconut

Best-selling author and music teacher shows you how to sing and play guitar at the same time.

Breath: Take a deep breath, and fill the bottom of your lungs first. Then as you sing, let the air evenly pass over your vocal chords.

Pear-shaped: Your lungs are shaped like a pear. Your windpipe branches out to each lung right at the center of your chest. The top of your lungs are small and the bottom of your lungs are much larger. So you want to fill this area up with air. You cannot fill up both areas of your lungs.

Tsss: Breathing exercise. Time yourself and push for better time each day.

TUNING: I tune to A 432, which science is finding out is a more natural frequency than A440. Also, many musicians, including myself have found that it is much easier to sing in A 432. So tune your guitar to 432, which Prince called the divine tuning. see my A432 tuner video:

Sing the Chord: No matter what level you are at as a guitar player, you can sing along with any chord or scale you play on your guitar.

WARM UP SCALE:
You can also use scales to warm up before you start singing. Excellent warm up is to sing each note. Take a deep breath, fill up your lungs from the bottom up and sing from the low end, up to the high end…
Then from high to low…
Go through the vowels. A-E-I-O-U
Ah… Eh… ahh… Ohh… OO…
Let out as little air as possible, without straining and you will get a much bigger, fuller sound.
All vowels per scale note: AEIOU-AEIOU-AEIOU…
Warm Up Vs. Singing Song
The idea of the warmup is to stretch your range from low to high. However, nobody goes to a concert to watch a performer warm up, do they? So don’t lock yourself up in your room doing warm ups and singing scales for the rest of your life. Get out and sing.
Combining Strumming and Singing: When you watch a professional play their guitar and sing, it can appear menacing to the unexperienced musician. Just remind yourself that the performer you are watching wasn’t born with that ability. At some point they learned a few notes and gradually added to their skills.
First 5 Songs Will Be The Hardest. When I teach students to play guitar and sing at the same time, I generally ask them for a list of their favorite songs. From that list I will pick 5 songs and start with the easiest, working through to the hardest.
Approaching Each New Song: As we learn a new song, we don’t focus on the strumming pattern so much. The important thing is to learn the chord, then sing the melody that goes over that chord.
The 2nd step is to change chords and sing in time… 1-2-3-4
The 3rd step is to increase the strumming frequency. So practice strumming on the 1 beat for a day or two…
Then strum on the 1 and 3 for a while.
Next might be adding a straight 4 count…
Take baby steps until you are playing the song at a level you are happy with. Maybe add a more intricate strumming pattern…
Or even finger picking…
Watch The Strum And Sing Series On YouTube: I created the Strum and Sing method to help people get out and start singing as quickly as possible. Be sure to check out the series here on YouTube. You can also send me requests of what song you want me to teach next. I have my full live set list posted at my website MarkoCoconut.com.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Learn to sing like a proLast chance to get your FREE 5 part singing course here !

Learn to sing with confidence, power and perfect pitch...

Learn to sing like a proGet your FREE 5 part singing course here !

Learn to sing with confidence, power and perfect pitch...