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7 Tips for a Better Singing Perforamance

7 Tips for a Better Singing Performance

The following was written by music entertainment blogger Kristal Bean, of Greenlight Booking.

A melodious voice is a gift, and singing can be a walk in the park for a person with a melodious voice, but giving a memorable performance is a different ordeal. It’s a work of art which only a few have mastered. Bands like Metallica, singers like Bon Jovi and John Mayer attract crowds of massive proportions only because they don’t just sing; they perform. Here are a few tips that can make your performance better.

Body Language

Body language shows the confidence of a singer. Dancing to the beat adds flare to a performance. Map the stage before the performance, have a good idea of the places where you’ll be most visible, and continuously move to those places. Feel the music, and try to form a connection with the other musicians. “You better lose yourself in the music, the moment, you own it, and you better never let it go.”

Crowd Control

The crowd usually gets rowdy during concerts. Very few people have the know-how about controlling the crowd. The best thing to do once you’re on stage is to establish a rapport with the crowd by engaging them, asking them what they would like to listen to, or if they pumped up for the show since they paid money to see it. If things go south during the performance, a little bit of humor goes a long way in helping you manage the crowd.

Equipment and Sound Check

Make it a habit to do a sound check before performing anywhere. Knowing a problem beforehand will save you a lot of embarrassment onstage. Use the best equipment available; cordless mics are better, as they provide more mobility while performing on stage.

Rehearse

I can’t overemphasize the importance of rehearsals for better performance. Feeling at home during the performance is a major confidence booster. Rehearsing with the band builds up coordination, and your mistakes can be covered by the band. The shortcomings can easily be hidden with enough practice. In case of a karaoke performance, try practicing with and without music, so that you know your shortcomings ahead of time and know how to make up for them. It is difficult, but it becomes easy with practice.

Learn an Instrument

Learning an instrument helps a lot in singing. The idea of scales, modes, intervals all become clear and adds more dynamics to your singing. Another thing it also adds is versatility to a singer, which is quite impressive.

Appearance

On the stage, all eyes are on you. You are the center of attention. A shabbily dressed singer is not attractive. People will look at you throughout your performance; make it worth their while. Being a singer gives an edge on the type of clothes you can wear. Think outside the box. Go crazy! You can pull off anything you want as long as it suits you. “You only get one shot, do not miss this chance to blow, this opportunity comes once in a lifetime.”
Keep these tips in mind and you’ll go a long way. Whether you’re a cover band, Dallas band or just a solo singer you’re performance is sure to get better.

Author Bio

Kristal Bean is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes wedding planner. In her free time, she homeschools, works out and listens to live music. Check her blog Green Light Booking.

How to Soundproof Your Home: Tips for Musicians

If you’re an aspiring musician, chances are you make a lot of noise.
From high hats and strings to fiddles and flutes, even a well-played instrument can impact roommates, neighbors or family.
Luckily, soundproofing a room in your living space is a cheap and easy DIY project. Here’s are a few tips to help you get started.

Simple Soundproofing Tip One: Fill the Gaps

The first thing to do is cover your door and window gaps. A lot of sound can escape through these tiny openings. Install a door sweep on both the inside and the outside of the door and hang thick curtains over windows, or seal them with budget-friendly foam weather stripping or professional-grade acoustical sealant. To further reduce noise, you should line your heating and cooling ducts with soundproofing duct liner.

Simple Soundproofing Tip Two: Reduce Reflection

Similar to light, sound reflects and bounces off of any number of surfaces. If you have hard surfaces in your practice area, like granite countertops, hardwood floors, or even just plain old walls, sound will reverberate until it runs out of energy.
Soundproof against reflection by bringing in carpeting or thick rugs. You might also consider hanging material from the walls and installing soundproof curtains or acoustic insulation. Avoid cheap alternatives like mattresses or egg crates – these are ineffective and ugly.

Simple Soundproofing Tip Three: Modify Your Space

If you live in a small space, you might have to make some adjustments on your end. Avoid playing in rooms with shared walls or position yourself closer to the outside wall. If possible, consider adding a false ceiling or replacing hollow doors with solid, heavy core ones. You might also consider moving your equipment to a garage or renovated tool shed.

Setting Up a Simple Studio Space

If you’re into playing, recording and composing music, you might be ready to transform that unused guest room into a simple at-home recording studio. Along with our other soundproofing tips, which will keep noise from escaping, you should focus on acoustic treatment options. These will help ensure that the music that stays in sounds the best. Here are a few other tips to keep in mind.

Cancel feedback from electrical equipment by putting items like amps as far away from microphones as possible.

Don’t eradicate sound reflection. Leave a few spots open and treat them with diffusers to help preserve natural frequency.

Plan for power. Make sure that your room is equipped with plenty of outlets, and that they are all the right wattage for your equipment.

Consider the changing seasons. Will the sound of the air conditioning clicking on and blowing into your studio become background noise?

Arrange it right. Even if you’re playing solo, be sure to arrange your studio to accommodate the number of musicians who could play at one time in the space. This will make it easier if you host other artists down the road.

Maximize your equipment for the space. 

If you’re working in a small space, examine how to maximize your equipment so that you have more room and fewer things for sound to bounce off of. If possible, use digital instruments to keep the clutter to a minimum.

Guest written by Bailey Chauner of Redfin.