Vocal Tips: How To Be Heard While Playing Loud


Great vocals are the center of attention for your fans. When you have taken your responsibility of working hard on your lyrics and practicing well in preparation for a performance, you have put in order an essential element of song performance. Also, singing is fun only if you can hear your voice when singing. However, it’s not always that you’ll be heard, or at least feel like you are heard. Sometimes the loudness of the music cannibalizes your sound. And this is where the aspect of over-singing results. You strain your vocal muscles because you are anxious about your vocal sound. Over-singing affects your performance and you’re more likely to injure your voice. Here are to make sure they are heard while playing loud.



Talk To Your Band Members Before The Show

Competitive monitoring (individual band members raising their voices to hear themselves better) makes it extremely difficult for the sound engineer to balance voices and instrument sounds. When some members are singing at higher volumes than others, you’ll definitely experience the problem of straining to hear and get heard, which is a major cause of vocal blowout. Before you start performing, all bandmates should agree to keep their volume at a moderate level so that the overall stage volume is reduced. With reduced stage volume, your sound engineer finds it easier to provide a good monitor and FOH mix.


Use Good Vocal Techniques

Sometimes your voice isn’t heard because it is not loud enough even after projection. The sound engineer can only do so much but not enough to fix this since there is a limit for raising the vocal volume. Adopting a good vocal technique helps you to exercise. It strengthens your vocal muscles so that you are able to provide more tone with less effort. You achieve a voice that projects and your sound technician has an easy time giving you a balanced mix.


Choose The Right Mic

The second most important element of successful song performance from your voice is the microphone. It’s one of the instruments that determine how vocal sound reaches the audience. Using the right mic is a no-brainer. With the understanding that every mic has its own vocal sound, you ought to try many mics to find out which one matches your voice. If you can have a personal mic that you carry to your performance, it’s better.


Hold The Mic Properly

The other issue about the microphone is how you hold it. Many artists find it cool to hold the ball or screen of the mic but they miss the whole point of holding the mic when performing. The purpose should be to reduce feedback. When the mic is held incorrectly, there are increased chances of increased feedback and the soundman is forced to reduce your volume. The correct way of holding a mic is placing the hand below the handline. This line indicates the highest point your hand should reach. Also, remember to hold the mic at the optimum distance (usually a half to one inch from your mouth) and at the right angle to your mouth.


Talk To The Sound Guy

You should always have a good communication with the engineer while performing. Discuss with him/her the hand signals you’ll use during the performance to ensure that monitor-mix changes are effected at the right time. You can also give the engineer a list of any particular mix needs you have for different songs.


Final Thoughts ...

In a live performance, every aspect of sound must be intensified. Only a few people may be able to see your face, so to most of your fans, everything is about your voice. Sound flaws are exacerbated and it’s, therefore, inherent that you take all possible measures to ensure that you are heard. The above tips will help you in that bid to make your voice audible even when the stage is blasting with loud music.



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