How to use a Microphone

Hi singers!

I can hear all the experienced singers groaning and rolling their eyes, thinking that using a mic is the easiest thing ever because they’ve been doing it for years. But, I would urge all beginners and experienced mic users to watch this video. Beginners-definitely watch so that you could move from amateur to pro as fast as possible. Seasoned vets-you might still pick up a thing or two. I’m still shocked to see singers not taking advantage of the microphone and they’ve been singing with mics for years!

I have taught some great singers how to use a microphone and it makes a real difference. Singers that have a choral or musical theater background usually don’t get a crash course in how to use a mic to its full potential. The microphones they are used to seeing are floor mics, ceiling mics, and mics on stands put way in front of them to capture many voices.

In this video, I reveal 5 great microphone tips that will transform an amateur to a pro.

Bonus tip for “The Dome Method: Using this method sometimes causes feedback (that high pitched annoying whistle). If this happens, loosen up the grip for the dome and try again later. If you have a sound-man working the board, he/she should be able to isolate the problem and adjust things so that the next time you do it there is not any feedback.

Happy gigging!

-Michael

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How to Play a Paradiddle

Hello drummers! This weeks lesson is all about the power of the paradiddle!

The paradiddle is one of the first of many rudiments (exercises) for the hands that you should be learning and trying to master. Once learned, you can apply it on the drum set for playing many different beats. It sounds really awesome on the set and in a later lesson I will show you how.

For all my intermediate and advanced drummers out there, you know what I am talking about. This rudiment is essential.

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You don’t have to start with the right hand. In fact, it’s best if you alternate starting hands. You are obviously alternating hands for this rudiment no matter which hand you start with. However, getting into the habit of switching your starting hand will evenly distribute your coordination and control for those rudiments that do not allow you to alternate starting hands (Lesson 25 for example).

I hope this helps you. As always, please ask a question or leave a comment. I am here to help!

Thanks for watching and I will see you next week.

-Michael

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How to Sing Better Using Vocal Placement

Hello Singers! This week we are gonna focus on a huge element that often goes overlooked- Vocal Placement. Start singing better sooner by using the techniques in this video.

Learn the 4 areas- which to use and which to avoid. I tried to explain as much as I could in a short video, but in all honesty if this is the first time you’ve heard of Vocal Placement, you might still be confused. If so, please feel free to ask a question or leave a comment below.

If you do understand these concepts and are able to employ them, then congratulations! Try to remember:

Zone 4: Throat (Don’t sing from here)

Zone 3: Back of mouth (Opera)

Zone 2: Roof of mouth (Bright Sounding)

Zone 1: Front of mouth (speech-level/natural sounding)

And if you’re still having trouble, you could always book a lesson with me here: http://smarturl.it/MMMO

Thank you for watching. I will see you all next week. Good luck singers!

-Michael

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