Microphones are the "hole in the fence" you sing through to reach an audience. You need to know what to do with them. Here are some tips for developing great mic technique:
- Don't hold a mic like an ice cream cone.
- Don't hold the butt end of the mic up continuously.
- Do hold a mic at 45 degrees. This helps you pull instead of push your voice.
- Don't hold a mic in your hand limply. Many people do this! Believe it or not, it usually causes a loss of breath support and control, which will go on to affect the throat.
- Do grasp a mic steady in the groove between thumb and fingers, with energy -- and make it part of your feeling of power.
- Do squeeze a mic for extra breath power and control. You can do this with both hands around the mic. But ...
- Don't let this squeeze transfer up your arm and...
- Don't let this squeeze cause you to squeeze your elbows into your sides
- Don't pull the mic so far away from your mouth that it ceases to pick your voice up. If your vocal technique is correct, you should not have huge differences in volume.
- SLIGHTLY pull a mic away from your mouth - sort of to the side - on power notes. This can even help you properly "pull" instead of "push" your vocal sound.
- Always try to schedule a mic check before beginning your performance!
- Never point a mic at a speaker.
- Avoid mashing and crimping the cord at the base to avoid shorting it.
- Make sure the thing is on :)
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