Good Mic Technique and Vocal Warm Up

A good microphone technique is all about getting the best microphone for live vocals sound by using the tools available to you: your voice and your microphone. Choosing a right microphone will help you sound better, make your singing on the microphone easy and reduce the risk of vocal fatigue. Here are some of the tips on how to work with the microphone and get the best results.

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Choose A Microphone Appropriate For Your Sound And Style: Some mics like Dynamic mics have more power than others and easily fit loud band style whereas mics like Condenser mics are more appropriate for intimate settings since they are more ‘sound sensitive’. Remember that your choice of the microphone will either distract or enhance your vocal sound.

Consider Microphone As A Part Of Your Voice: Imagine the microphone reaching out to your voice instead of thinking of pushing your voice through it. Amplify your voice. Consider the speakers as your ears and microphone as a part of your voice.

Know How To Position The Mic: Incorrect positioning of the microphone will fade out the important tonal elements and result in a poor sound quality. Sing into the center of the microphone and not on the sides or across the top of it.

Hold The Shaft Of The Microphone And Not The Head: Holding the head of the mic can muffle the sound and might result in electronic feedback squeal through the PA system.

Proximity To The Microphone: Mic responds differently to different treatments. If you are singing a soft song, bring the microphone towards your voice and if singing a loud note take the microphone a bit away from your mouth. One more thing, the lyrics will sound muffled if you hold the microphone too close to your lips.

Be Aware And Don’t Drift Away: If you move your head away from the mic as you reach the end of a phrase while singing, your voice will drop out. Keep your mouth directed towards the mic all the time otherwise the audience will not be able to understand what you are singing.

Knowing why one should do vocal warm ups is the first step towards actually doing it. Whether performing live or recording in a studio, the key for a great performance is preparation through good vocal warm up exercises. Vocal warm ups help in maximizing clarity, power, and range of the performers. Here are some of the techniques and exercises for vocal warm ups:

Good Body Posture: A good body posture will allow for a good air flow which will result in good sound quality. Always maintain a good posture while sitting as well as standing.

Breathe Deeply: Most of us only use top of our lungs while breathing. Breathe normally and deeply and keep your chest relaxed and shoulders low. This will let you use the full power of the muscles of your vocal chords.

Relax Your Jaw And Emulate A Yawn: With the heel of your hand massage each side of your jaw. Do clockwise rotations multiple times to make it relax. Similarly do jaw emulations, allowing you chin and shoulder position to remain intact and tongue and jaw to relax at the lowest points.

Do Scales: Scaling voice slowly from low to high ranges will warm up your voice without hurting. While doing, breathe correctly and hold your posture right and your high notes will gradually become easier to hit.

Lip Buzzing And Tongue Trill: Allow your lips to meet and “buzz” in a relaxed position, and slowly increase and decrease the pitch. Just don’t push yourself too hard. In a tongue trill, while keeping your tongue relaxed, allow it to flap up and down like rolling the R or L letter. Gradually you can increase and decrease the pitch but don’t trill too hard.

Humming: It is an important vocal exercise that helps in cooling down the voice. While keeping your shoulder and jaw muscles relaxed, inhale normally and exhale with a “hum”. Slowly go from a high to low. This will warm up your voice without straining.

If you keep the above-mentioned techniques and exercises in mind, the sound quality of your voice will surely turn out great! If you feel you need to brush up on some of your singing technique, or even start from scratch, it’s probably best to learn with a qualified, professional singing teacher. One great place to find such a teacher is Stars & Catz. They have four websites depending on what country you’re in, as follows:

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