How to Sing and Play the Guitar (at the same time)
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How to Sing and Play the Guitar (at the same time)

A Guide to Becoming a Better Guitar Player for Beginners
4.7 (8 ratings)
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79 students enrolled
Created by Jake Posko
Last updated 7/2016
English
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this course you will be able to sing and play a song on the guitar. You will also improve your strumming and overall skills on the guitar will improve. If you have zero guitar experience, you will learn the basics about playing the guitar. Whether you want to relax on the front porch and strum a few songs, or try out your skills in front of an audience at your own gig, you will be able to to pick up your guitar and sing and play along to your favorite songs.
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Requirements
  • No experience needed. All you need is an internet connection and a guitar.
Description

Ok… have you always wanted to be able to sing and play your favorite songs on the guitar…. But maybe have trouble putting it all together?  

You’ve got a few chords down, but then things fall apart when you start singing.


Or maybe you can’t quite match your voice to the song?

Or maybe you have zero experience and are starting from scratch?

Bad news… this stuff can be tricky.


Good news… it can be learned with a few strategies… I can help!

My name is Jake Posko, owner of Severn River Guitar.  I’m a musician,  guitar teacher, performer, singer and songwriter.   I’ve seen my students struggle with singing and playing guitar at the same time, and I’ve come up with strategies to make this process a lot easier.

By the end of this course you will be able to sing and play a song on the guitar.    And not only that, but your strumming and overall skills on the guitar will improve.  Whether you want to relax on the front porch and strum a few songs, or try out your skills in front of an audience at your own gig, you will be able to to pick up your guitar and sing and play along to your favorite songs.  


To do this, I’m going to teach you all of the lessons that I usually only share with my private guitar students.

I’m going to walk you through, step-by-step the process of learning a new song.  

  • We’ll start with song selection and the basics of learning the song

  • Then we’ll move on to strategies to help you sing and play at the same time

  • We’ll cover frequent trouble spots (like chord changes, and strumming patterns)

  • Lastly we’ll go over techniques to perfect your playing so it sounds awesome.

And if you are an absolute beginner on the guitar, as a bonus, I’ve included my “Guitar Crash Course” for free.  It’s quick and easy to follow; plus it’s designed to cover just the basic stuff you need to start playing the guitar.

I’ve designed this course for anyone who has ever wanted to sing and play the guitar at the same time.  If you want to be a professional or if you just want to hang out and play music with your friends, this course will be perfect for you. No guitar playing experience is needed.  This course is designed for total beginners or anyone who just needs a bit of extra guidance.

We all have to start somewhere, and I know what it’s like to struggle with this.  I also know how fun and rewarding  it can be once you start singing and playing your favorite songs.

If this sounds like something you’ve always wanted to do, sign up and we’ll get started right away! Thanks! See you in class.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who has ever wanted to sing and play the guitar at the same time. If you want to be a professional or if you just want to hang out and play music with your friends, this course will be perfect for you. No guitar playing experience is needed. This course is designed for total beginners or anyone who just needs a bit of extra guidance.
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Curriculum For This Course
24 Lectures
01:42:50
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Introduction
1 Lecture 01:59

Before you start, please watch this video to find out how to get the most from this course!

Preview 01:59
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BONUS: Guitar Crash Course
9 Lectures 29:27

Start here if you have ABSOLUTELY ZERO guitar experience!

Preview 03:50

First, we'll cover the basics of holding a guitar. 

Guitar Crash Course: How to Hold the Guitar
02:28

This video covers the basic technique of holding a guitar pick.

Guitar Crash Course: How to Hold a Pick
04:38

This Beginner Chord Guide is designed to supplement the information in the video "Beginner Chords".  Feel free to print it out if you need a little extra help/time learning chords.  It's not required reading, but some students find it helpful.  

PDF DOWNLOAD: Beginner Guitar Chords and Printable Guide
00:04

This video will teach you to play chords and read chord charts. 

Guitar Crash Course: Beginner Chords and Chord Charts
10:14

In this video we cover more advanced variations of chords. 

Preview 04:13

This Chord Progression Guide is designed to supplement the information in the video "Chord Progressions".  Feel free to print it out if you need a little extra help/time learning chord progressions.  It's not required reading, but some students find it helpful.  

Preview 00:04

In this video we will start to put all of our chords together and begin the process of learning songs. 

Guitar Crash Course: Chord Progressions
03:51

This PDF Download provides a list of songs that use the popular chord progression: G, C, Em, and D. 

PDF DOWNLOAD: Songs that use G C Em D chord Progression
00:04
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Preparation
5 Lectures 21:16

In this video I'll walk you through the process of choosing a song to sing and play.  It's not always as simple as just picking a song and jumping right in.  We'll cover tips and strategies to help you get started.

Choosing Your Song
05:00

This video covers strategies involved in learning your song. 

Learning Your Song
02:34

Think you're tone deaf?  Don't worry... there are some simple strategies we can use to help your singing. 

Fix Your Singing
06:55

Here, we begin to learn the chords in your song!

Learning the Chords
03:27

In this video we will start to identify and learn chord progressions in your song. 

Learning the Chord Progressions
03:20
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Playing and Singing Your Song
6 Lectures 28:42

This video covers the first basic strategy in order play and sing at the same time. 

Strum with the Lyrics
06:54

Here, we will work on our strumming to make chord changes smoother and faster. 

Don't Stop Strumming
05:14

This video goes deeper into common strumming issues... and how to fix them. 

Common Strumming Issues (and Fixing them)
05:20

This video will help speed up chord changes that are lagging behind. 

Faster Chord Changes (Using your Left Hand)
03:13

This video describes how we can use a capo to help our singing and better match our songs to our voices. 

Preview 03:34

This video includes final tips and tricks to get your singing and strumming working together. 

Relax and Put it all Together
04:27
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Perfecting Your Song
3 Lectures 21:30

This video discusses how we can use dynamics to add emotion to our song. 

Adding Dynamics
05:31

This video provides strategies for strumming patterns, as well as examples of strumming patterns you can implement in your song. 

Adding a Strumming Pattern
12:11

This video wraps everything up and provides some final tips to get your songs sounding better!

Finalizing Everything
03:48
About the Instructor
Jake Posko
4.7 Average rating
8 Reviews
79 Students
1 Course
The Most Awesome Guitar Lessons in the Universe

Jake Posko has been performing, playing, and teaching music for over 20 years. 

He has performed in venues across the United States.  Jake currently owns and operates Severn River Guitar and teaches private guitar lessons. 

In addition to his background in music, he holds a degree in Psychology from The University of Maryland, along with professional experience in higher education, in an advising and counseling capacity.