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Old 03-17-2009, 09:53 AM   #1
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Dammit..."Breathe" is one of the few U2 songs which you can't sing and play on guitar

...at the same time. The rhythms are completely different

Does anyone have any technique for playing guitar and singing when the guitar and the vocal melody have completely different rhythms? I often have this problem when trying to sing Seven Nation Army (White Stripes) while playing it, or trying to play the bass riff from Feel Good Inc (Gorillaz) while doing the rap...

Can it be done / trained?
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Old 03-17-2009, 11:22 AM   #2
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Haha its hard enough to sing without playing anything.
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Old 03-17-2009, 03:05 PM   #3
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Yeah, it's just a matter of training. I don't know about the other songs, but Seven Nation Army is definatey doable!
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Haha its hard enough to sing without playing anything.
Yeah. I think Ill give singing along to Breathe a miss if I get to see them.

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I've memorized the words but I seem to only be able to follow along perfectly when I've had a slight buzz, oddly enough.
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lol. in my experience, the only way to learn to do this is to learn the guitar part so well that it seems like 2nd nature, then start throwing the words in.
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Yeah. I think Ill give singing along to Breathe a miss if I get to see them.

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I've kind of gotten to be able to do it. The guitar rhythm is relatively basic, which makes it easier to focus simply on the melody.
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