Tips for Singing and Playing Guitar at the Same Time

by Frederik Nielsen, Mar 16, 2020 . 3 min read

Tips for Singing and Playing Guitar at the Same Time

Multitasking. For some people, doing more than one thing on an expert level is nothing more than a myth. However, multitasking does exist, although you need hours and hours of practice to become good at it. And as it turns out, studies have shown that guitar players are great multitaskers.

But if they are, why do so many guitarists struggle with playing guitar and singing at the same time?

In most cases, the player knows the song. They can play the song and sing the song separately. However, it all goes wrong when they try to sing it and play it at the same time. Like everything else, this is a skill that can actually be learned.

That’s why today, we have a few tips for singing and playing guitar at the same time.

1. Start With Simple Tunes and Rhythms

First off, try not to complicate things further by starting with overly complicated and long songs. Don’t try the song that has 6 verses, 12 choruses, and 3 guitar solos. Instead, start with something that you could learn in a matter of days. For instance, try “Smoke on the Water” or something similar. The song has fairly simple chords, strum patterns, and lyrics you’re already familiar with.

2. Practice Strumming On a Daily Basis

Strumming with a metronome daily will help you improve your singing and playing skills at a quicker pace. While a metronome may make you feel like a beginner, keep in mind that you should stick to it if you want to become a competent, consistent singer and player. You should spend at least half an hour a day doing this.

3. Pick Songs You Already Know

This goes hand in hand with the first tip. You should only pick songs you already know if you want to learn quickly. Trying to learn a new song can take some time if you’re only trying to sing or play. However, when you’re trying to do both, you’re doomed from the start. Select a song you know and like, practice it as much as possible, sing it while you’re not practicing, and memorize it by heart.

4. Slow Down the Song You’re Playing

You probably know that slowing down the tempo of a song can help you learn it quickly if you ever had an inexperienced band. It allows you to understand every part of the song and learn it correctly. When you’re trying to sing and play at the same time, it’s important to learn to play every song correctly from beginning to end. After you become better, speed will come.

In Conclusion: Practice, Practice, Practice

By following the tips for singing and playing guitar at the same time, you’ll be able to learn the art sooner than you think. Lastly, we have this tip for you: practice as much as you can, as often as you can. Record your practice sessions, listen to them afterward, and see what can be improved.

Some songs have awkward rhythms and may give you problems. Break these songs down into separate parts and work on the parts that trouble you. After a while, start singing and playing for your friends to loosen up and prepare yourself for crowds. Just remember: patience is the key.

We hope you found our article interesting and helpful. Don’t hesitate to share your guitar playing experience and practice tips with the rest of us in the comment section below.


Get our free Alternate Tunings Guide!

Check out some other similar articles

Take advantage of our biggest backer-exclusive discounts and get your hands on this next-generation automatic tuner. Back the Kickstarter campaign today and be the first to receive the Roadie 3.

Have you ever wondered what are the 5 most used types of guitars?

Rodrigo Sanchez
Oct 18, 2021 . 4 min read

These 5 tips to start playing the blues will give you a starting point for approaching this vital genre of music.

Rodrigo Sanchez
Oct 15, 2021 . 4 min read

These 4 tips for writing a song on guitar will help you kickstart your creativity.

Rodrigo Sanchez
Oct 11, 2021 . 4 min read

These 5 ideas to help you find your sound as a musician are quite useful. Regardless of what instrument or style you play, having your own style and sound is important.

Rodrigo Sanchez
Sep 27, 2021 . 4 min read

This guide to understanding chords in a simple way will give a stronger comprehension of harmony.

Rodrigo Sanchez
Sep 20, 2021 . 4 min read

These 4 ways to deal with musical frustration can save you a lot of grief. We’ve all been there, for a variety of reasons.

Rodrigo Sanchez
Sep 17, 2021 . 4 min read

Today we’re going to talk about five tips for changing chords faster on guitar. This is one of the main obstacles that beginners face when learning the guitar.

Rodrigo Sanchez
Sep 6, 2021 . 4 min read

This list of five mistakes to avoid when practicing can help you in your journey to becoming a better musician.

Rodrigo Sanchez
Aug 23, 2021 . 4 min read

These 4 reasons for practicing with a metronome will help you understand just how important this is.

Rodrigo Sanchez
Aug 20, 2021 . 4 min read

These 5 popular alternate tunings for guitar can open a universe of possibilities. By using them, you are essentially changing the nature of the instrument but without having to buy a new guitar.

Rodrigo Sanchez
Aug 16, 2021 . 6 min read

One can utter the word in a few different ways. “Capo” is short for “capodastro” or “capotasto,” and it is a derivative of the Italian term ‘head of the neck’.

Mikita Varonin
Aug 6, 2021 . 6 min read

The 6 famous songs that use dominant 7th chords have a special quality to them. A big chunk of that particular flavor is thanks to the use of dominant chords.

Rodrigo Sanchez
Jul 26, 2021 . 7 min read
We'll be bringing you recommended tabs and plenty of interesting quotes from guitar legends along the way!