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    My daughter's live performance

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    Hi guys, after long while, this is again my daughter with her live performance. I've shared about her own first home recording (Audio editing - is it necessary for all recordings?) that she did by herself. Now I'm sharing her live performance. It's not perfect as she doesn't have personal vocal coach, she did it by herself and of course with some advice from close friends. Any opinion/comments? We've been receiving advice from friends to bring her for audition on big competitions (maybe they were just kidding) but not sure if she is ready.

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    She has very good voice. I actually like the sound of it much more in the beginning, when it's full of body...but for some reason these days (as you can tell from the audience's responses) everyone thinks that the most important thing is to able to belt out loud high notes, as though that's the real sign of a good singer.

    Tell her to just be herself and sing what feels natural...and not worry about sounding like everyone else, always having to do the loud high notes just to please the crowd.
    Have her listen to someone like Norah Jones...she sings so sweet and subtle, and by singing like that, she forces you to listen to really her and not just wait for the big notes.

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    Oh thanks @miroslav . Good to know. As mentioned, she doesn't have vocal coach and I don't have any clue in terms of teaching vocals. She enjoys though singing high note songs like Adele, beyonce, etc. so comments from professional singers/coach would be appreciated.

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    Nice voice, worth encouraging, and perhaps protecting with a few pro lessons to make sure it stays good. My big beef is. in two areas, and they DON'T relate to her singing. She is in serious danger of becoming the soundman's nightmare. Big range from a bare whisper to a belter and she cups the mic, rapper style, she changes her grip slightly and you can hear the change in tone when she covers the rear vents, making it more an omni - but if she's ever working in a near feedback situation with close monitors, doing this will make it very prone to feedback and nasty sounds. She needs to be taught to leave the capsule exposed. I now quite a few quite big names who are so difficult to mix, and worse, they blame the audio people for their feedback prone sounds, when it's them. Great for rappers, rubbish for singers.


    The other thing is that the song is fine, for a mid set slower number, but it took nearly a minute to get going, and the first section sounds if you don't know the song, to be a singer who has got lost - the track being very sparse, and the audience noise spoils it. Works in a recording, but in a show like this with screaming kids, or an audition - you'd not get the job with this one. Choose songs for these kinds of shows by what the general audience person would think good, not your favourite. Wasting a minute of a three minute spot will mean losing a good proportion of the audience who switch off.

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    Thanks Rob aylestone. Wow, I never thought about the soundman. I will surely let my daughter read all the comments here. She likes moving around the stage when singing and put more expressions on the song. You are right, the sound feedback may even ruin the show.

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    The trouble is, videos give the impression that mics are kind of fashion items, failing to realise many videos are of course mimed (sorry - current parlance, lip-synced).

    Mic technique I reckon is often more important than actual voice quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob aylestone View Post
    Mic technique I reckon is often more important than actual voice quality.
    The sound quality during the actual performance was actually much better than the one on the video. I was using DSLR camera with its built-in mic (no filtering) to record the video and the sound in the auditorium was very loud that the sound level overdrives the mic of my camera so the sound in the video is distorted especially on the high notes. What I mean is, for this performance, it is not really due to poor mic technique. I don't know. I could be wrong.

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    When they cup the mic like this, the gain settings they picked earlier go out of the roof - and they have to pull the fader back and it sounds like what I was hearing on the clip. It's very common, and you can hear the sound ops cursing. Mind you the opposite, holding the mic far too far away is even worse. Audiences don't usually notice distortion but they do notice no sound! It's also worse own radio mics of course because they have variable gain settings, and often they'll pick the middle one - -10dB typically, and then cupping overloads the mic TX and there's nothing you can do. Dialling in less gain works for her perhaps but then the others might be too quiet.

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    How old is she? She has a very mature voice, and looks young for it!

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    @VomitHatSteve She just turned 18.

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