When I record these songs to be released, I don't play and sing them at the same time. I first record the piano parts and then record the vocals after. Doing things this way allows me to get recordings done quickly with good performance. The problem with doing things this way is that I walk away from the recording process not really knowing how to play the songs at all. Though I have recorded 40 minutes of music for my LP Daytime Lullaby (available for pre-order *wink* *wink*) I couldn't play a show to save my life.
It's time to change that and pull a live set together. The first song I focused on learning was Forever Echoes. I chose this mainly because it's one of the harder ones to play and I was interested to see if I could pull it off. It took a couple weeks of practicing REALLY SLOW and then speeding up as I became more comfortable with all the parts. If you play an instrument, you probably know the process of being able to play something full speed is just accumulating comfort levels as you move from slow to fast.
I'll fast forward you through the weeks of practice and take you right to the final take of me playing the song live from my small studio. Here you go!