Performers come up in my list of favorites based on one thing: Do they get my emotional attention?
There is a reason that Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne and John Mayer don't move me in live performance like Bono, Sting and Mat Kearney do. The difference is surely NOT in brilliant, creative musicianship.. all six are full of that. It's not in the magic of their edited recorded vocal performances we hear on the radio in which we understand almost every word. The difference is that Sting, Bono and Kearney deliver -and Dylan, Browne and Mayer DO NOT deliver- their lyrics in live shows. This frankly irritates me... they almost give me this incredible song, but stop short and it's like when the satellite goes haywire right at the payoff at the end of a movie!
Here's the deal... the #1 vocal mistake I hear great musicians make: using MUDDY ARTICULATION. It's not enough to mumble cool "sounds" instead of forming messages. This can be career-snuffing for those trying to break out, and for those who are enjoying radio success it results in under-delivering disappointment for their concert ticket-buying fans.
Consider this: In live performance, there are three ways we impact our audiences:
- Musically and
Wanna hear the difference?
Watch me demonstrate for you here in my first YouTube video vocal lesson!