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bluspwr
05-15-2009, 11:28 PM
I made the mistake of never learning to sing and play guitar at the same time.

What are some of the better blues/rock/r&b songs to start off the journey of merging the two to help minimize the frustration?

dantedayjob
05-16-2009, 12:34 AM
Neil Young/ CSNY's Helpless is cool... great song and it just cycles through the same three chords, good one to play and sing without having to think too much

Frankee
05-16-2009, 12:47 AM
Big Balls by AC/DC............seriously.

Texas_Blues
05-16-2009, 01:35 AM
Early Elvis songs.

TwoTubMan
05-16-2009, 01:37 AM
"Can't Find My Way Home" by Blind Faith.

Jazzydave
05-17-2009, 05:22 PM
My first was the unplugged version of Layla - that was nearly 17 yrs ago and I still play it nearly every show.

bluspwr
05-17-2009, 09:59 PM
Thanks for the ideas
Now I have to go to work!
Anyone else????

pete692
05-17-2009, 10:04 PM
All Along the Watchtower, Let it Rock, Cinnamon Girl.

My first 3.

puckhead
05-17-2009, 10:38 PM
http://991.com/newgallery/Echo--The-Bunnymen-Songs-To-Learn--S-253946.jpg

;)

sunburstrat
05-18-2009, 12:35 AM
magic carpet ride, steppenwolf

jamiefbolton
05-18-2009, 01:21 AM
Only Wanna be with You--Hootie and the Blowfish
:bow :huh

maccampbells
05-18-2009, 05:49 AM
Welcome to the machine - pink floyd. 3 chords.

plexistack
05-18-2009, 06:07 AM
I made the mistake of never learning to sing and play guitar at the same time.

What are some of the better blues/rock/r&b songs to start off the journey of merging the two to help minimize the frustration?

Neat to start with the 70's singer/songwriter boom. Bob Dylan is a good one, tons of easy stuff there. The Eagles are another. Pretty much anything with an acoustic guitar in it. John Denver, CCR, Bob Seger, really whatever you like to sing.

Browse around at www.chordie.com (http://www.chordie.com) and you'll find hundreds of songs. you want the chords/lyrics not the tab.

The first trick I learned was to associate my right hand with a word... For example, I might notice that when I hit an upstroke I must say a certain lyric at the same time, and that would help me get it. I set my right hand on autopilot and repeat the same strum pattern over & over so I can focus my thoughts on singing & chords.

Yankee Univox
05-18-2009, 06:10 AM
I just started working on New Horizons by teh Moody Blues. :)

Voodoo Blues
05-18-2009, 06:31 AM
"Steal My Kisses" Ben Harper
"Rocky Mountain Way" Joe Walsh

daddyo
05-18-2009, 10:01 AM
"Horse with No Name"

bluspwr
05-18-2009, 10:46 AM
Lots of great suggestions, thanks!

NyteOwl
05-18-2009, 11:29 AM
If you're up for the challenge, give La Grange shot. I found getting the lyric phrasing correct while playing the guitar intro to be a lot easier said than done.

BluesForDan
05-18-2009, 11:55 AM
While not rock or blues, give Johnny Cash a try. "Folsom Prison Blues" can be permutated to fit your style. "Big River" is another good song, long covered by the Dead. You never know when you'll show up at a gig and get told by the hostess that they play both kinds of music "Country AND Western" ala The Blues Brothers original movie :BluesBros

http://s166.photobucket.com/albums/u86/BluesForDan/miscellaneous/BBbehindwirefence.jpg

BBSuggs
05-18-2009, 02:03 PM
I made the mistake of never learning to sing and play guitar at the same time.

What are some of the better blues/rock/r&b songs to start off the journey of merging the two to help minimize the frustration?

Stairway to Heaven
Freebird
Smoke on the Water

THE foundational Classic Rock tunes, without which none others enjoy relevance.

Just kidding. Where's your vocal range? Somewhere between Barry White and Kenny Loggins?

If you're right there in the middle, I'd recommend starting with some Clapton, Bob Seger, and Neil Young. Learn the tunes by yourself with only an acoustic guitar, then work your way to the electric with a band.

There's my 2 cents and worth every nickel of it.

shredtrash
05-18-2009, 10:24 PM
Pretty much anything. I've always been a singer/guitarist so I never really thought about it like that. Every time I approach a song, I have that mentality. If I had to choose something to get someone started, I'd go with some early blues/R&B/rock n' roll stuff. That's like learning the ABC's as far as I'm concerned.

therhodeo
05-18-2009, 10:29 PM
The Eagles - Greatest Hits
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Chronicles

sqadan
05-18-2009, 10:39 PM
http://991.com/newgallery/Echo--The-Bunnymen-Songs-To-Learn--S-253946.jpg

;)

Priceless. :)

SideBMusic
05-19-2009, 09:28 AM
How about breaking out the Beatles' songbook?

FenderBigot
05-19-2009, 11:20 AM
I've been playing guitar for over 20 years... I too have a problem playing and singing at the same time. I'm trying to re-teach myself to be able to do both, but I'm still noticing one suffers over the other.

I'm easing in with blues songs... standard 1/4/5 arrangements are a great place to start.

scottlr
05-19-2009, 12:21 PM
How about breaking out the Beatles' songbook?

Exactly! Especially the early stuff. I am not a singer, but since the 60s I have been able to sing and play these songs, despite my non-singer voice. :D

Also look into backup vocals. I just love singing cool backup parts.

Dana Olsen
05-19-2009, 01:39 PM
While not rock or blues, give Johnny Cash a try. "Folsom Prison Blues" can be permutated to fit your style. "Big River" is another good song, long covered by the Dead. You never know when you'll show up at a gig and get told by the hostess that they play both kinds of music "Country AND Western" ala The Blues Brothers original movie :BluesBros

http://s166.photobucket.com/albums/u86/BluesForDan/miscellaneous/BBbehindwirefence.jpgI actually agree with this post. There are some great "party' type tunes from country music:

1) "Livin on Tulsa Time" is a good example - it's not hard to sing, and better, it's not hard to sing WELL.
2) Six Days on the Road - same thing, 3 chords.
3) Little Sister - another steady 'rockin tune
4) That Dylan tune (can't remember the proper title - anybody?) Oooie, Ride me High, tomorrow's the day, my bride's gonna come.

Blues: Shuffles are infectious, maybe "I'm All Tore Down", or somesuch.

Hope this helps, Dana O.

FenderBigot
05-19-2009, 01:46 PM
4) That Dylan tune (can't remember the proper title - anybody?) Oooie, Ride me High, tomorrow's the day, my bride's gonna come.


Easy Chair

taco-man
05-19-2009, 02:55 PM
Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Baxtercat
05-19-2009, 04:53 PM
Magic Carpet Ride?
That's funny!
I can only sing the verse and chop that rhythm correctly before I have a brew.

HoboMan
05-19-2009, 05:09 PM
Here's a few that are pretty easy to play & sing. (I speak from experience) Good ones to start with.

Change of Heart - Tom Petty
Rockin' Me - Steve Miller
Hurts So Good - John Mellancamp

waxnsteel
05-19-2009, 06:40 PM
Depends on your range, how you play and what you play... First song I learned to play was Thick as a Brick. It made sense to me. Some other stuff that my natural or already learned rhythms didn't flow as well with took more practice. If I'm half-assing the guitar, I can sing just about anything.

getbent
05-19-2009, 06:48 PM
Dana, You ain't goin' nowhere.

I'd pick the weight.

rw2003
05-19-2009, 09:15 PM
Try some CCR/John Fogerty songs.

Like the 80's... give BonJovi's Wanted Dead or Alive a try!!!