So after a year or two of looking for a singer for my band, we still have not found what we are looking for. Apparently Colorado is not the best ground for singers that can actually SING and aren't all about deathcore or pussy-rock...
I can scream and do all that, but I can't sing. I am so sick and tired of not having a singer and looking for one that I am so close to saying screw it and just doing it myself. Yeah, I can't sing, but maybe I can sing with time and down the road....maybe. Either way, I didn't want our music to just be screaming, but seeing as that is all I can do at this point and all i can do well, that might have to be what it is.
The big problem is me playing guitar and singing at the same time. Never tried it before and never practiced it. Does anybody have any tips for combining the two together other than practice, practice, practice?
Obviously the way to become able to do it is practice, practice, practice, but for more specific stuff, I'll explain the method I used to do it. I learned that for me to be able to sing and play at the same time, I needed to be able to play the guitar parts perfectly without thinking about it. The most important thing was to be able to do both seperately at a level where I don't even have to think about them. Obviously nowadays, I've been playing guitar and singing at the same time for over 6 years, so I can play guitar parts I don't know very well with lyrics I don't know very well at the same time, but it takes some time before you can do that. To learn to do them at the same time, you have to do it so that your brain isn't focused on what your fingers are doing or what your vocal chords are doing. You have to be familiar with both to the point that you can take those two seperate elements and combine them into one. It isn't singing here and guitar playing here. They are intertwined now and the worst thing you could do would be to stare at your fingers while you're singing. One or the other is doomed to fail. Most likely, both will fail.
So, I started out with songs that were really basic. I started out with Nirvana songs. Now I could play the songs perfectly on guitar and I sing them perfectly, but I couldn't do both at the same time, so I worked mainly on getting the guitar parts burned into my brain. Then I just put the vocals along with that. Nirvana was pretty easy. I tried different punk bands and more simple metal at this time. By this point, I could sing and play simple songs no problem, so the next band I took on was Metallica (first 5 albums), which I would totally recommend you use.
If you have trouble doing it yourself, try to listen to the song and play along with it while singing along with it, trying to make no mistakes.
After that, I went on to some more complicated stuff in metal, alternative rock, and so on.
And after years of practice, now I can sing while playing fast stuff in 9/8, while playing arpeggios with difficult fingerings, while playing fast wide string-skipping technical rhythm-lead things, while playing syncopated riffs that don't match up with the vocals at all, and so in.
You can learn to sing while playing the guitar pretty quickly depending on how much you practice. But you aren't gonna want to start out trying to do something like Necrophagist.
That's my advice, I guess.
And it's always better to have more options. So, even if you get a full-time singer in the band at some time, it's best if you can sing while playing guitar yourself for backing vocals or screams or the same kind of vocals as the main guy but just singing different stuff.