Making Your Voice Sound Better to the Audience

San Diego open mics are never this nice.Have you ever heard music coming from somewhere, but couldn’t quite make out the words?

It can drive you crazy.

It’s even worse if you can’t decipher the vocals of someone playing music in a live setting.

When I’m soundchecking performers at open mic, nine times out of 10, the vocals need to be turned up; singers are either too far away from the microphone, or singing too quietly.

Normally, it’s fixed by a quick tweak of the various volume buttons on the PA head. But if the singer is standing really far back (eight or more inches), or singing really softly, the mics can only be turned up so much before they feedback.

And no one likes unexpected feedback; from high school debate meets to eulogies to getting your name called at the car rental place, a squealing microphone makes it look like Amateur Hour.

Solution: Get up on it!

You sound better when you get your mouth within an inch of the mic, two inches at most. Sometimes your nose or top lip will bump into it. You’re nice and close.

Now your audience can hear you and your lyrics. They will get pulled into your song more easily.

Yes. Other people have yelled and hollered and rapped and whispered into that same mic.

Yes. Their mouths & spit have hit the windscreen (the round part) just like yours will.

Yes. It may smell sometimes. Big deal.

Like Ryan White assured the other students: “You’re not going to get AIDS, folks.”

Wouldn’t you sniff garbage for a few minutes in order to avoid sounding like it?

Step up to the microphone. Sing out. You take control of the room when the audience hears your instructions.

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