If these are all obvious to you, congratulations!
- We are all learning and improving, or we are stagnating
- Plan ahead. Check your battery. Have a spare. Do not have your pickup battery die during your set.
- Warm up your voice as well as your guitar. So many performers waste their first number warming up their voice.
- Your set time includes setting up, tuning, intros, and stories. The time that is left is for your music.
- Playing is better. If you have 15 minutes, how much do you want to spend fixing your battery, talking , playing?
- Wait for the audience to applaud before you thank them.
- Listen to the other performers.
What do they do very well, what do they do not so well? Learn from their performance.
Think about your volume. Control your volume, and be consistent.
- The mike is your friend and listener. The mike is directional. So is your voice.
Keep your voice pointed towards the mike.
- If you face away from the mike to talk, you are going off mike. Keep your voice pointed towards the mike.
- If you lean or sit back from the mike, you are going off mike.
- For us, 2-4 fingers, the width of your hand, unless you are very loud.
- If you hear that hollow ring or boom or feedback, your voice is not loud enough at the mike.
The only correction for the sound guy when the feedback happens,
is to turn your voice softer, not what you want. It happens when you get too far from the mike, or are too soft.
- Think the front row, four to seven feet away. If they can not hear you easily, you are probably too soft.
- If you talk at a different volume than you sing, you do not come across as well as you should.
Our ‘ sound guy ‘ job:
- We work hard to control your volume to the audience.
- If you are consistent, the audience will get a consistent performance.
- We actively balance the main and harmony voices so they are all clear.
- We carefully control the instruments so they do not override the voices.
If you are recording:
When the music stops, allow 3 seconds for the sound to die away before you talk.
After you talk, allow 3 seconds for the sound to die away before the music starts. This allows for editing.
If you do your job,
and we do ours, then live sound and studio CD sound are the same. Think about it.
For other tips, check http://www.melvillepark.com/advice.html for the very good advice of Steve Friedman