Songs to learn to sing and play at the same time?

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  1. bluspwr

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    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?
     
  2. dantedayjob

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    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
     
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    Frankee Low-rent hobbyist Gold Supporting Member

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    Big Balls by AC/DC............seriously.
     
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    Early Elvis songs.
     
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    "Can't Find My Way Home" by Blind Faith.
     
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    Jazzydave Seeker Gold Supporting Member

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    My first was the unplugged version of Layla - that was nearly 17 yrs ago and I still play it nearly every show.
     
  7. bluspwr

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    Thanks for the ideas
    Now I have to go to work!
    Anyone else????
     
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    All Along the Watchtower, Let it Rock, Cinnamon Girl.

    My first 3.
     
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    magic carpet ride, steppenwolf
     
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    Only Wanna be with You--Hootie and the Blowfish
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    Welcome to the machine - pink floyd. 3 chords.
     
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    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 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.
     
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    I just started working on New Horizons by teh Moody Blues. :)
     
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    "Steal My Kisses" Ben Harper
    "Rocky Mountain Way" Joe Walsh
     
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    "Horse with No Name"
     
  17. bluspwr

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    Lots of great suggestions, thanks!
     
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    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.
     
  19. BluesForDan

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    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

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    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.
     

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