Playing Piano And Singing At The Same Time
Many great pianists are also regarded as great singers.
People like Ray Charles, Elton John and Billy Joel can play piano to a high level and also sing just as well.
I think it’s pretty difficult to play piano and sing at the same time.
Of course the artists I mentioned make it look easy.
There are several ways to go about your practice to be able to sing and play at the same time. It takes lots of time and practice.
Some people may find it easier than others, I personally find it quite hard to sing and play the piano at the same time.
The most difficult part is that as soon as you start to concentrate on one thing the other one seems to go a little wrong. You know, if you concentrate on the singing, the hands get out of time and if you concentrate on the piano part, the voice starts to fade.
So the best way to practice is to learn each part independently. Start by learning the piano part so you can play it well and then do the same with the singing part.
The idea is to gain independence.
This is a term that’s used a lot in regards to piano playing. Independence of each hand is very important in playing piano. Sometimes one hand will have to play something quite contrasting, rhythmically or otherwise, to the other hand. This idea of independence can also be applicable to singing and playing simultaneously.
You need to be able to get independence from your hands.
It’s important to be able to sing something regardless of what your hands might be doing.
A good way to try this out is to try singing and washing the dishes at the same time. Keep your hands moving while singing a song. Remember to keep your hands moving the whole time you are singing.
For some people this might come very easy. It can be quite interesting trying to concentrate on one thing while letting something else be independent. This usually requires that at least one of the things you are working on to be almost instinctive. This way you don’t have to concentrate on too many things. Say if your piano part is memorized, then you’re free to concentrate on singing. Some pieces are harder to play and sing at the same time.
When more advanced syncopation’s and rhythms are employed in the piano part, it’s harder to think about singing at the same time. Of course as you get better at playing the piano and better at singing you will naturally find these things easier. It’s important not to get to frustrated … take your time.
If you’re having trouble with the piano part, take the time to learn it thoroughly, even off by heart, and be patient.
The same goes with if you’re having trouble with the singing part. Again, take the time to learn the singing part separately and thoroughly, and then try putting the two together.
Go over any bits that you are finding difficult and just keeping repeating them until things start sounding unified.
The best thing to do is to find a song that is simple. There are many songs that have very easy piano parts and vocal parts. Begin with easy songs. Play as much and as often as you can. As you get better, try playing more complicated songs.
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Comments about this article
I’m pleased to say I’m back to practice again and have added a drum kit
I like this article very much. Here’s my 2p worth.
I’ve always approached musical performance with the notion of playing
The points I would like to raise are practice and familiarity….. and
There is no shortcut to successfully playing and singing at the same
(I’m still not a rock star, but a fair amount of live experience certainly
I didn’t wait until I could play the piano / guitar part perfectly either.
It’s a good thing. Jump in, have a go, mess it up, jump in again….
Also I learn a lot of songs by ear.
I will often hear a song I like and will dash through and see if I can
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My next task is to learn to play the saxaphone and sing at the same
All the best,
I have not given up the piano, I did not do any for a couple of weeks then I started again doing the usual practice to get used to the up and down
I am determined to learn to play well eventually. At the moment I am learning the bass guitar as I am in a group.
I have been playing for the last two months. It is my husbands group, he is teaching me. I can play Walk don’t run, Perfidia, Diana, Dance On,
I am going to put this evert into the piano at a later date. I really enjoy my piano. I cannot sing, cannot keep in tune and I sound terrible, but would love to learn how to sing. I am enjoying the up and down notes on the piano, with two hands obviously.
Hope to hear from you soon.
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