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Blues=Life Performing at pub open mic sessions (42) RE: Performing at pub open mic sessions 14 Feb 12

"Get good sound balance about 12" from it - then you can lay back and give your own voice projection some volume away from it, or ease into it and whisper sweet and low - or any combination of the two depending on the effect you want."

"Take that microphone off of the stand, hold it upright just below your mouth and sing over the top of it, let them see your face."

This is very interesting advice. Totally wrong, in my opinion, but interesting. :) It may be just where and how I'm used to performing.

When I sing blues with a band, if I was off the mic 12", all you would get would be feedback from the guitars. The louder the background, the closer you need to be to the mic. That's why the Monitor levels are so important... otherwise, how would you know if your voice is cutting through the mix?

And the advice to hold the mic upright under your mouth might work for the spoken word, but it's not what you want for singing. 30 some years ago, when I started singing with a mic, the advice was to hold it like a coke bottle when you're taking a drink. Sing right into the mic, not over the top of it. People shouldn't care what your face looks like, they want to hear your voice. A good mic, like a Shure 57, is unidirectional. It NEEDS you to sing into it.

Oh, and that's the last thing. Use a good vocal mic. All microphones are not created equal. I play my harp into a Shaker mic, and then step up to the Shure 57 to sing. The harmonica sounds great through my Shaker, and I sound, well, like me when I'm on the Shure. A condenser mic works great in studios and with choirs, but I'll agree that feedback is an issue in a bar.

My Two Cents. Spend them as you wish.


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