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 I can't sing and play guitar at the same time.

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I'd love to be able to sing and play at the same time, but for some reason, I just can't do it and dI really would like some help. 

Whenever I try, there are a few things that happen.

I'll play the song fine, but my singing will get off-rhythm.

I'll sing the song fine, but my playing will get off-rhythm.

Both my singing and playing will be off-rhythm.

Or my my playing will be fine but my voice, instead of singing the correct pitches, will start to follow the pitches of the notes that my guitar is playing.

It's really just a mess but I'd love to learn to do it. Any tips?

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"Or my my playing will be fine but my voice, instead of singing the correct pitches, will start to follow the pitches of the notes that my guitar is playing."

 

 

Aren't you playing the melody line on your guitar?

 

 

You don't say how long you've been playing, or singing, so I have to assume at least one of these is relatively new to you.  Generally, if you wish to be a musician who sings, you must be enough of a musician to not have your concentration split between the two functions.

 

Without knowing anything about your level of playing or your genre of music, I'd say start by playing scales (Major, minor, pentatonic or blues) moving up the neck while you describe what you had for breakfast.  Just talk while you play but split your attention between playing and remembering.  When you can play without thinking about your playing and devote all of your attention to remembering, then you will have made progress.  That's when you stop playing scales and you begin to play the song while describing another daily event like your lunch or your trip to work.

 

Singing on pitch is a totally different matter. 

 

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