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Singing while playing bass

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by drunkenhamster1, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. drunkenhamster1


    Jan 26, 2007
    Hey guys i was just wondering if anyone has any technique for practicing singing while playing bass. I want to start singing background vocals but I always screw up so help would be appreciated.
  2. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    i can't sing at all, but what i used to do is play bass while watching tv or talking on the phone. when you can have a conversation while playing, you should be fine to sing anything.
  3. drunkenhamster1


    Jan 26, 2007
    hmmm ill have to try it :hyper:
  4. When I sing back up I have to listen to what my guitar player is playing and singer is doing to get the notes I need. If I try to go off the bass I sing way off key. I also try to larn the song on bass, learn the words then try to mix it. Alot of my practice is just listening.

    Hope this helps,
  5. Deacon_Blues


    Feb 11, 2007
    There have been threads about this and there's a sticky too in one of the forums (Band management and performance). Check that out and do a search.

    Basically, it's about being comfortable with both on their own before starting to mix them. I.e. you must be able to play the song so fluently you don't need to think about what you actually play. Then reach the same level on the singing (learn the words well too). After that you can start practicing doing both at the same time.

    Some songs are more simple than others. The more difficult ones can be nailed if you put the lines next to each other and analyze how the rhythms of both lines work together.
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