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Live Microphones

Christina Aguilera

Lesson time 6:30 min

Christina shows you how to own the live mic. Learn the microphone techniques to create an incredible performance in any sized venue, anywhere.

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Every microphone is different. Over the years I've come to know which microphones I feel most comfortable with. So some mics have sort of a round bulbous top to them. So it's like you're kind of getting the sound from all angles, and sometimes I find I have to turn that mic towards me a little bit. So I feel like the top is more connected to the sound that I'm projecting from my mouth, because if it's to the side-- I think there's even a difference here-- if it's to the side, it's like if I hold it like this, you're not going to get the right sound as if I'm singing it into like that, and it's directly in contact with the vibration coming from my throat. So it's a comfort thing, and what works for you, but it's your ear man. You have to really use your ear and figure it out. How you hold your mic is important. How your sound is mixed in a room to the audience, how you sound out of house to up close is important, but whenever I sing a song, for instance, where there's definite mic control, this is an instinct thing. It's an in-person. How you sound to yourself is crucial to how you sound out there. You can only do so much sometimes if the sound is working against you here in a poorly acoustic environment or whatever, but you do the best you can, you definitely have to control your louds and softs. I'm not going to belt out a note with my microphone this close. If I'm singing Say Something or Beautiful it's say something, I'm giving up on you. It's something that quiet, but if I were to sing the beginning opening lyric of Ain't No Other Man, it's a big belty ad lib. I usually start it with my back turned so you can see the mic and what it does, and I literally pull back the mic. Right now, it doesn't work, but if I'm going [SINGING AD LIB]. Now that right there, was-- did you see how the mic, I have to bring it out here in order to hit that big belty note. So I'm stretching it out so I'm not blast-- if I sang that you'd be blasted out, and you would get distortion in your sound back, but as I got quieter with my ad lib coming down, I'm bringing it closer so you can hear every little juicy to the very end. So it's [SINGING AD LIB]. So that would be a good example of how to work your microphone. You gotta work your microphone, and you gotta work your technique, and sometimes you're in a really bad situation where the sound of the house is not good, or the sound of your monitors is not good. Use your judgment in the moment. Maybe you don't need to pull back so much if you're hitting a high note because it's just that bad in the room, and as a performer, you gotta roll with the punches. You gotta be in that moment and figure out, OK, I can't even hear myself. They probably can't hear me. So you have to just hold it close and gauge the moment. Your relationship with your microphone is really important. So gauging your audience-- this is ...


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Comments

A fellow student

This is one of the only videos where she hasn’t said ,”I can’t explain it” on the information she’s supposed to be teaching.

Chava G.

This is learning, Christina and we are happy to do that! Use your ears and figure things out! Control the loud and soft. Mixing the vocal, experiment, with sound, environment, capacity. Professionalism can really count!

Mackenzie

I felt like I learned how to use the mic in a different way, so I can get more volume. This made me fell smarter about mic's. I have a mic myself, and I'm 9.

Nastasia M.

It's great how she is so familiar with the equations of what different situations and mediums do to sound, and how we need to learn those equations to find what works for us in each situation!

Jonathan S.

One thing she didn't mention is how to handle "plosives." Those are the low frequency sounds that come from singing (or speaking) words with the letters "p" and "b." The come out and slam against the mic diaphragm and cause distortion. In the studio, engineers put a screen in front of the mic that breaks up the air from the plosives. But onstage you don't have that, so you have the get away from the mic or alter how you pronounce those words. You (or your sound person) can also roll off the low end with an equalizer, but that won't take care of all of it, so you need to pay attention and work on your technique. One trick I use live is to move the mic off to the side of my mouth when I hit a plosive.

An

I found this one extremely helpful because I had no idea that different mics ment different sounds, & more people ment less volume. Thank-you! From Nini, An-Magrith's 9-year-old kid

A fellow student

Yes. I never thought about the difference a full audience makes to the sound. Also the importance of how we actually sound in different environments. I'll work with the sound engineer more in future.

Lindemanjudith

This was cool to know, Never knew this even when I messed around with microphones as a kid(plus pencils, brushes etc lol!) My computer can help me practice.

Gail S.

Right talking or singing on a stage with a mic when people are there vs when there are no people there is very different due to the sounds coming from the people's movement etc. Hopefully they are captivated and just listening to you though.

Taraielle H.

Get to know your sound guy is right. I would actually like more elaboration on working the mic and placement--i.e. on the stand 1st verse, off for the 2nd and moving about the stage. That part of placement and timing kind of goes out of the window for me once the music starts and/or I'm thinking about being louder than/ the band. "Clearing out [my] cobwebs, indeed.