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How to sing and play guitar at the same time

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44 thoughts on “How to sing and play guitar at the same time – KenTamplinVocalAcademy.com”

  1. I subscribed you have a lot of good info man! since I am a singer and play
    the guitar as well, very informative videos! awesome stuff man!

  2. Hey man, love your videos. I’ve had trouble singing and playing guitar at
    the same time, but for a different reason. I guess this has more to do with
    live performance; when I’m standing in front of a mic stand with a guitar
    strapped on. My voice feels strained because I have the weight of the
    guitar strap pressing down on my shoulder/neck, and the guitar itself is
    pressing against my stomach. Is there a proper posture for this? Any
    advice? Thanks!

  3. Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy

    Yes, you need to be VERY conscious of relaxing the throat and be extra
    aware of your diaphragmatic support. Trust me, you are far from the only
    one that deals with this To be candid, it took me years to over come this
    in fact often on rteally hard songs, I would push my guitar a bit to my
    right side (I’m right handed) and sing the song a bit “sdeways” so that the
    weight of the guitar didn’t interfere with my stomach.

  4. In my Supertramp songbook, the chord changes from Bm to Esus on the upbeat
    of the fourth quarter note, i.e., Lyric: See the man with the lone- Beat: 4
    & 1 Chord: Bm Esus So I am thinking of simply hitting the vocal and the
    Esus chord *at the same time* on the fourth upbeat? Not sure where the
    complication comes in… But I will study this video again to see if I get
    it. Thanks.

  5. Ken I have a deep voice and people tell me I do good on Country but I want
    to learm some DEl Shannon type stuff.. Later in his career his vocals
    deepened but he still could hit high notes. Is that something you can teach.

  6. It’s been a struggle for me learning the bass and carrying the lead vocal
    demand of the band. We play Christian Blues and I’ve found that in the
    beginning I have had to simplify my playing while singing (keep a straight
    beat rhythm on the bass) and then go into my walks when a lead is playing…

  7. Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy

    This comes from memorizing the lick so well that you only need to remember
    where the “pushes” are in the lick relative to the time signature of the
    song. I’ve done it all my life. It takes time

  8. Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy

    Yes I know, I was in a room where the air conditioning kept goin on and of.
    One minute it was roasting, the next minute it was freazing which wreaked
    havok on the tuning of the guitar. I was tuning it constantly.

  9. I read a interview where Geddy Lee (the bass player and vocalist of Rush)
    talked about how they had recorded really complex stuff with crazy timing
    that he then had to figure out how to perform live. He said it seemed
    impossible at first, but you just have to not give up and do it over and
    over and over. Singing and playing at the same time is something I can’t do
    yet either. I have to stop getting overwhelmed and giving up- this video
    will help. Thanks!

  10. Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy

    STOP AND CONSIDER THIS: Most all singing programs out there show NO
    SINGING. NONE. Only “talk” with “testimonials” making crazy claims about
    their product. Yet NO ONE IS PROVING IT WITH ANY ACTUAL SINGING (and I mean
    songs, not a scale or a note – but truly singing great). The coaches aren’t
    singing, the students aren’t singing. Don’t you think that is strange?
    Something worth thinking about on you singing quest. Ken Tamplin Vocal
    Academy – Where The PROOF Is In The Singing!

  11. Alejandro Fernandez

    It happens to me that I can sing welcome to the jungle and playing it with
    the acoustic, even in 440, but not when i sing it alone or a backing track,
    or the band, at least it seems to be more difficult that way, and I always
    make the right technique vocally as I do the guitar riff all messed up of
    course, cause i cant cordinate that, but manage to concentrate more in the
    singing technique without straining

  12. Alejandro Fernandez

    But I can’t sing More than words with a full voice in some times that maybe
    require it, like “It would be to show me how you feel”

  13. Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy

    To all my singer friends. You are invited to join my Ken Tamplin Vocal
    Academy singers forums where I have almost 3,000 active vocalists
    exchanging great information, getting quality feedback from demo critiques,
    amazing vocal tips and more to help you grow your voice! You can sign up
    here: kentamplinvocalacademy(dot)com/forum/ (exchange the (dot) for a .
    (period) KTVA – Where The PROOF Is In The Singing

  14. I lose rhythm when I’m singing, like for example I can play the rhythm to
    Wonderwall by Oasis,but when I sing,the rhythm gets messed up and my
    strumming is royally F’d up. while it sort of the opposite with Seether’s
    Broken I can only get the timing right when I’m singing.

  15. hey Ken, long time no speak. I was wondering, have you been singing longer
    than you have been playing? and/or is your vocals your predominant
    “instrument.” i ask because you said something on lines of learning and
    comfortable with singing first, then guitar. i find its quit oposite for
    me. i need the guitar to be first nature. is that cause i been playing
    longer than singing? just curious what your thoughts are on that. i find a
    lot of people have trouble singing and playing, and relaly, i never had
    trouble. that i can recall. 

  16. I have examples from when I first started and how hard it was to sing at
    the same time, I always changed chords with each verse. check out in this
    song Far From Fearless: Far From Fearless – Original Song
    but with more practice it became much easier and it shows in my other
    songs, Frozen Breeze:Frozen Breeze – Original Song and Hello, Again:
    Hello, Again. Check them out and you can see and hear the difference. It
    takes practice. Thanks.

  17. I’m not a singer but only a guitarist ,but I have noticed that breathing
    can interfere even with timing in playing guitar . I know breathing is big
    part of singing so I would guess that breathing properly while trying to do
    both could get tricky.

  18. Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy

    Come join my Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy Singers Forums.
    I have over 4,000 like minded KTVA students and 8 KTVA trained moderators
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  20. I have a Marshall MG15CF.. DigiTech RP360 pedal. Heavy bassy crunch is what
    im going after. Im told, do not keep it in the over drive, distortion
    channel. Keep it clean and use the pedal?? True…of course the MG isn’t
    very good with louder volumes..but, its a Marshall. 

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