Let’s continue from Part 1 of “Learning to play guitar as a singer songwriter”. If you haven’t read that post yet, I would recommend going to there first.
Learning to play and sing at the same time
Probably the most important aspect of learning to play the guitar for you that will be different to other people is learning to play and sing at the same time.
For a lot of people learn to play the guitar they don’t need to think about singing and playing at the same time. Most people are too shy to sing. However as someone who is going to be singing and playing you need to know how to do both at the same time. And it can feel a bit like you’re rubbing your head and tapping your belly at the sink when you first do it. But with more practice all the pain easier and easier.
Learning music theory
If this was the first instrument that you’re learning. Then learning music theory will be a very important part of learning guitar. You need to know what’s going on in what you’re playing. I love people who like to play the guitar just learn by copy cat by replicating what is happening on a YouTube video with their fingers on the fretboard.
Where is for you it’s really important that you know what cause you’re playing how the music is made up and understand what you’re actually doing on the guitar. This is going to make a big difference for when you’re writing music I want to communicate with other musicians chew. I shall be really useful for if he ever do any performances or gigs playing with other musicians. Or any composing a recording work well you need to talk to all the musicians.
Which brings me onto the next point you need to learn to play with other musicians and communicate with them.
learning to play with others
Learning to play with others it’s a skill that requires practice and learning just like any other. A lot of people think they can just play on their own and then suddenly turn up with a group of musicians and fit right in. In reality, there’s a lot more to it than that.
Music is like a language and therefore if you want to be able to speak the language with other people. The language of music. You do need to practice how everyone signals to each other. Understanding music and what you’re doing on the guitar, and your singing. Will be part of it.
I hope these few points will help you in understanding what the important things are that you need to cover when you’re learning to play the guitar as a singer songwriter.