Sing then Play

Here’s a really useful and fun little thing to do.

You are going to sing a note and then play it, sing the next note and then play that note, and so forth.

To get started, sit with your instrument.

Choose one note and play it on your instrument. Play it a few times, and each time you play it, sing it at the same time.

Now sing it first and then play it. Repeat this a few times.

Now pick another note and play it so that you know it. Sing it, then play it, repeat this a few times.

Sing and play with the two notes, always singing the note a split second, a tiny moment before playing it.

Gradually add a third note, then a fourth, …then a fifth.  Create little melodies or solos using these notes.

Also.  Once you are pretty good at this, gradually make your voice quieter and quieter until you are singing each note silently inside your heart/chest a split second before you play each one on your instrument.

Sing Then Play is about playing the note that you really meant to play and not just letting your fingers choose for you. This is the most important game to learn how to play a musical instrument.  Once you can do it a little bit, play Over and Over.  Once you can do it pretty well, then play Make It/Let It.

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