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Hello!

I started learning guitar recently and it would be cool if i also would be able to sing.

However, my singing is really, really awful. I'm sure that lots of people says that about themselves, but I'm really terrible.

I'm not singing even when I'm alone, because even I am not able to listen to myself.

I'm interested in rock/blues music.

Are there any chances for me? If yes, how should i start to learn?

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I'm not singing even when I'm alone, because even I am not able to listen to myself.

That statement there is like a wad of hair in a drain. Until you remove it water isn't going to flow.

The only way you will ever be able to sing is if you sing! And sing often. You have to start. Just like walking, one step at a time, one foot in front of the other, then the next and then the next...

It is pretty much what this quote is saying.

I like a sentence that once ken tamplin said: 'a singer, is only a singer, because it's got the guts to be one'
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If you cannot stand the sound of your voice at first, you will never sing. There is no magic pill that you can take tonight and wake up in the morning singing like a bird.

You're going to make odd noises and mistakes. So, grow up, start wearing long pants and aftershave. Be man and face your destiny with intent.

Or quit worrying about singing and take up golf. Your initial statement sounds like you don't have the right commitment. For you, singing has to be something that you must do because you cannot imagine not singing. It's not like going into a store and buying another thumb drive because you think you need or it would be nice to have an extra gadget.

Sing because you can't stop yourself. Or find something else to do that fires your imagination.

Make up your mind.

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Well if you don't like your voice just singing to yourself that is one thing. And one certainly must get over that. But as far as not liking your recorded voice well that's a different story. Many people don't I don't like mine either and and have songs I've not posted because of it. I think it's natural and you just have to man up...so to speak, for the sake of the greater cause. Learning!

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Hello!

I started learning guitar recently and it would be cool if i also would be able to sing.

However, my singing is really, really awful. I'm sure that lots of people says that about themselves, but I'm really terrible.

I'm not singing even when I'm alone, because even I am not able to listen to myself.

I'm interested in rock/blues music.

Are there any chances for me? If yes, how should i start to learn?

Hellbike,

YES. There is always a chance for you. Don't get overly sideways about how bad your voice is. Find some songs in your range and work with them. Don't pick anything that's too high or too low. Look for something in a middle range. Record yourself. Listen back to it and try to figure where things are going wrong. Listen to your pitch. When it comes to pitch a teacher of mine once said "An approximation is an abomination". No truer words were spoken. Work on your pitch, that is key to being a decent singer. Stay away from vocal processors and things that will fix your pitch or muddy up your vocals. Also, while you're learning to sing, I would not do it WITH the guitar at this point. I would get some Karaoke tracks of songs that you feel are safest for your range and work with those. Otherwise, if you're learning guitar and trying to learn to sing, you won't be able to concentrate fully on one of 'em. When I was a kid and getting into my first band, I sang the tunes cuz we couldn't find a singer. I wasn't very good at all. But as time when on, I listened to myself and added lessons later on. I grew into being a decent lead singer and have been able to make a lot of dough over the years doing it. I'm still sporadically taking lessons, when my schedule allows (Right Robert??) and I sing professionally in three local bands (casinos, festivals, corporate events, etc.). I've been doing this for 35 years. Another thing, get some self confidence going about your voice (this will come). If you're not confident, your head and voice will not give you what you want. Self confidence is something that singers rarely talk about as an obstacle, but the truth is, it's a BIG obstacle. Singing is SO mental (as well as physical). Also, one thing to note- A LOT of people HATE the sound of their own voices. John Lennon hated his voice and I don't know many that'd say he was a bad singer. He'd always have George Martin alter it with effects, or double tracking. Just food for thought. Also, and this might not be what you want to hear- if your voice REALLY doesn't grow into a "lead singing" voice (it's possible), LEARN HOW TO SING HARMONY. A good instrumentalist that can sing harmony will get a gig 9 times out of 10 over a guy that just plays an instrument. Good luck!

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I've just stumbled upon this thread from Google and felt like sharing my experience.

I've played guitar for quite some time and always thought I am not able to sing well. More importantly, for some reason I didn't believe it could ever change. Needless to say, I didn't get far with this attitude....

Recently I've started singing quite a lot just because I feel like doing it. It's like I'm having some feelings that I want to release (an alternative down-to-earth explanation is that I happened to tune my guitar 2 half-steps lower:). Anyway, now I can definitely see progress in my singing.

For instance, I also used to dislike my recorded voice, but now I'm more like neutral and maybe even like it sometimes. (I listened to a recording I made a couple of weeks just before writing this). Technique-wise, I'm not straining as much as before (not at all except for very hi/lo) and I've learned how to 'twang'.

So, as with many other things in my life, doing and not "thinking" too much happened to best way start.

P.S. There's a trick to get used to the sound of one's recorded voice. Take two folders/books and put them next to your head in a vertical position just in front of your ears (hands also work). The idea is to shield the ears from the sound coming from ahead. I bet you'll be surprised.

Billy:

I guess you are right that it's difficult to learn both playing guitar and singing at the same time. On the other side, there's a common advice for guitar players to incorporate singing while practicing since it helps to connect better with the instrument.

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For what it's worth, I don't like my voice either so it's a common thing. :) I post a lot of songs here...I know...but believe me there are many I don't post because when I'm singing them I think they sound great; but listening to the recording....noooo way! Even the ones I post take some cringing and hesitation before I get the balls to post.

But if I don't then I'll never know and that for me is what it takes.

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Billy:

I guess you are right that it's difficult to learn both playing guitar and singing at the same time. On the other side, there's a common advice for guitar players to incorporate singing while practicing since it helps to connect better with the instrument.

Agreed, but I think if you're trying to LEARN the basics, that that should be done first on each one separately. If you're just singing and playing for fun- great. You can always do that!

But if you're really trying to FOCUS on doing both right, it would be better to do them separately.

Quality Requires Focus.

Just my 2 cents.

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Lets put it this way.

If I told you:

"No you have no chances of ever singing decently."

Would you forget about it? Or would you try it anyway?

If the answer is the first, its because its not really important for you, then its best to apply your energy on other things, because it takes a lot of willpower and discipline, and you will hit many problems that will be much more difficult and intimidating than a simple phrase said by a stranger.

On the other hand, if you will try anyway, then its just a matter of realizing that our opinion does not matter, its your choice.

Just look for good orientation if you choose to learn, it will save you from a lot of frustration.

GL!

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Felipe has a rockin' post. You've got sing, even when others think you can't. It's the drive within you that will drive you to better heights.

As for singing and playing guitar at the same time, that is what I have been doing all my life. Ya'll have to remember, when I started doing it, the internet was smoke signals from hilltop to hilltop. Excavations for construction projects were still being done by Fred Flinstone. And there certainly was no karaoke tracks available. So, I had to figure out how to arrange songs to be played on one guitar while singing them.

That being said, with modern recording tech, it's now easier to record the instrument on one track and vocals on another. I broke with my tradition and recorded "No Stranger to Love" as separate tracks. Track 1, rhythm guitar. Track 2, vocals. Track 3, guitar solo during the bridge.

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Listening to yourself can be demotivating before you find your pitch. Try singing along with your favorite songs with the music at a moderate volume. Try to match the tone, and slowly decrease the volume over time till you build confidence and refine your pitch.

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