Most of my guitar students realise that learning to play guitar is HARD – learning to sing is HARD, but most of them at first don`t realise that combining the two is also very HARD. Thankfully, there is now a new course titled the `Sing & Strum E-Course` by Drue James that is here to help.
I`ve not seen anything like this anywhere else on the net. The `Sing & Strum E-Course` is a structured approach to mastering singing and playing guitar at the same time.
The course contains 10 videos and costs just £14.99 for lifetime access (and comes with a 14 day guarantee) but this is just an introductory price.
Drue has also made his video review service free if your purchase the course. This is great news as it allows you upload a video of you playing and singing a song, and Drue personally gives you feedback on what you need to improve upon.
The Course Structure
- Video 1 – Are you ready to sing and play guitar at the same time?
- Video 2 – How to choose the right song
- Video 3 – How to memorise the guitar part
- Video 4 – Learning the words and using a capo
- Video 5 – Exercises to make you a better singing guitarist – Part 1
- Video 6 – Exercises to make you a better singing guitarist – Part 2
- Video 7 – Putting the song together – Step 1
- Video 8 – Putting the song together – Step 2
- Video 9 – Playing the full song
- Video 10 – Performance tips and how to submit your video
The first few videos cover some of the basics and are essential for beginners. Even if you have played for years but still struggle with playing guitar and singing at the same time, you will get great mileage starting at the very beginning.
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A lot of players think that just because they can sing, that when they get comfortable strumming a few chords they will be able to sing while playing the guitar. It`s really not as easy as that but it can be done with a bit of practice and the use of the right techniques.
Drue explains in the first video that you will need to have some experience of playing guitar to able to go through this course. Ideally you will be able to play the majority of open chords comfortably while keeping the strumming going. If you can`t quite play open versions of the Major chords of A,C,D,E, G, and the open position minor chords of A minor, E minor and D minor, get these down first before you go through the course.
Drue then goes through a series of short tests which will give you a gauge as to where about you are in relation to be able to master playing guitar and singing at the same time. This is very useful indeed.
Moving on through the course there are a list of recommended songs. Drue correctly states that it is essential to pick a song that has a simple strumming pattern to begin with. So often many of my new students make things difficult for themselves by picking a hard song to strum.Trying to sing over it without much experience of playing and singing is not easy. Start of simple. You will get a lot more from it.
If you are unsure if a song if suitable or not, Drue asks you to send him an email asking him if the song is suitable or not in relation to your skill level. That`s a nice touch.
Is it any good?
If like me, singing in general is something you have struggled with, you will get great mileage from the exercises about pitching your voice. There are plenty of nuggets of information here.
Obviously, being able to sing in tune is a huge part of this course, so I`m glad Drue has dedicated some time to it.
Personally, I probably would have liked a few more exercises focusing on the singing side of things as many guitarists can play reasonably well, but many don`t really work on their singing enough or have the necessary resources to hone their singing.
That`s probably me being greedy though as the course is jam packed full great tips and techniques that will certainly help you on the road to singing and playing guitar really well. I`m just pleased Drue has filled each of the ten videos with really useful and super practical tips.
Overall, I highly recommend the Sing and Strum e-course as it is a fun, very practical and highly effective course.