Singing & Self-Accompaniment

This week we look at the pros and cons of backing yourself

Here’s one for all you singer-guitarists and singer pianists – does dividing our attentions between singing and playing lead to the detriment of one or the other? Or would you say that being in full control of your backing allows you more freedom to assert your artistic choices? This week we’d like to hear about your experiences with self-accompaniment and what effect you feel it has on your performance.

So the question is: As a singer, do you find accompanying yourself on an instrument enhances or detracts from your vocal performance? 

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Great Comments from last week:

Last week I asked: As a vocalist and a performer, what’s one thing you learned the hard way?

Verve Couture wrote:

“To never be afraid to make a mistake when performing… trial and error is key to being a successful and experienced performer”.

Robert Bartlett responded:

“It’s not about you – it’s about the crowd”.

Joshua Drane Posted:

“Do NOT drink a frozen drink before singing and also cokes (carbonated syrups) don’t do your voice any good. Quitting smoking for those who smoke, is a major plus”.

Narda Robillard:

A strong throat drop can freeze the voice right out of you. Take with medications”.


  • Matt

    Sometimes playing the instrumental melody or rhythmic pattern is too different or “separate” from the rhythm of the vocal delivery, that i feel like i hit a fork in the road and can only go one way or the other, not both. This happens regularly to me when trying to play bass and sing. It’s like tapping the top of your head with one hand and making circles on you stomach with the other (remember trying to do that as a youngster?).