HOW IT WORKS
1. SELECT YOUR SONG FROM ONE OF OUR LAPTOPS
OR SONG SELECTION BOOKS.
2. FILL OUT A REQUEST SLIP WITH YOUR NAME,
SONG NUMBER & TITLE.
3. BRING ONLY ONE REQUEST SLIP AT A TIME
TO MICHAEL. HE HAS A SMALL "PURPLE HANDY, DANDY SLIP HOLDER"
THAT WILL BE LOCATED CLOSE TO HIM. PLEASE PLACE YOUR SLIP HERE.
4. YOUR NAME WILL BE PLACED IN ORDER RECEIVED
ON THE LIST. (SEE NEXT PAGE FOR EXPLANATION OF OUR ROTATION POLICY).
5. WHEN YOUR NAME IS CALLED, COME TO THE
STAGE. HAVE FUN!
6. PLEASE COME TO THE STAGE AS QUICKLY
AS POSSIBLE. WE HAVE TWO DISK PLAYERS WHICH ALLOWS US TO CUE ONE
SELECTION, WHILE THE OTHER IS PLAYING.WHEN WE CALL YOUR NAME,
WE NORMALLY WILL HAVE YOUR SONG READY & WAITING FOR YOUR PERFORMANCE.
WE ASK YOU PLEASE COME TO THE STAGE PROMPTLY TO ALLOW FOR MAXIMUM
PARTICIPATION! WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!
7. AS WE CAN ONLY SCHEDULE SO MANY SONGS
PER HOUR, TOWARDS THE END OF THE EVENING, WE WILL ANNOUNCE THAT
WE CAN TAKE NO MORE SIGN UPS (or as Michael says, "we have
reached critical mass!")
8. HAVE FUN! BE COURTEOUS! COME BACK OFTEN!!!
MAKING THE MOST OF
In order to understand how better to use this tool in our performance,
it is a good idea to first go over a few basics about the microphone
itself. Don't be put off by some of these terms; although they
may sound technical they are very easy to understand. generally,
there are two types of microphones, omni-directional (those that
pick up sound from any direction) & uni-directional (those
that pick up sound from a specific area or direction). Virtually
every microphone that you will use singing Karaoke, or for that
manner, singing in a band or in a live situation, will be uni-directional.
This is very important to know. You might already realize, then,
that how & where you "point" the microphone is very
important to how your voice will be picked up, amplified &
projected out of the speakers with the music. It is best to point
it directly at your top lip in order to pick up all of the tones
that come not only from your throat but also from your nose. Try
plugging your nose & singing sometime if you don't believe
this. There is a very rich blend of tones that is produced by
the throat & nose combination.
You might also see that holding the microphone like an ice cream
cone is totally ineffective. It will only pick up what goes over
the top of the microphone & although it will pick up some
sound, it will lack the rich tones that can only be heard if the
microphone is pointed at the source of these tones. As a matter
of fact, even if you point it at your mouth, you will find that
slightly differing the angles will change your sound. So you must
find how you project & become familiar with your specific
As you understand the importance
of how the microphone should be held, the next most important
concept to consider is your individual volume. You may think it
is all controlled by the volume level on the amplifier; but it
all starts with you. The equipment can only amplify what is put
into it. If you have a strong voice I'm sure you have no problem
being heard. We'll talk about that shortly. But if you have a
soft voice, it is very important that you position the microphone
very close to your lip. It is just like a telephone. I don't know
anyone that talks into a telephone 4 or 5 inches away. It must
be held right up to your head to be used correctly. The same is
true with live sound equipment. This is true with very light or
breathy parts of songs. You must play the microphone like it is
an instrument that picks up your voice - because that is what
Now on the other hand, there are strong vocalists who can shatter
a microphone with one note. If you have abundant tone, you need
not to worry about being close. If you can fill the room without
a microphone, then you can work further away & not lose any
tone. It is just as important to be able to play the mic back
as notes get louder. There are fewer of us that are exceptionally
loud, but volume is individual to each, & some do need to
be aware that being too loud on a system can cause the sound to
actually break up.
Singing through an amplified system takes time to become familiar
with all of the aspects of performance. It is a matter of training
your ear to hear what you sound like coming out of the speakers
as well as how you generate your singing voice. This is just a
beginning to all that can be learned about using a microphone
to enjoy your voice.
OUR ROTATION POLICY
BRING ONE REQUEST SLIP PER
PERSON AT A TIME, TO MICHAEL (PLEASE PUT IT IN HIS SMALL "HANDY
DANDY PURPLE SLIP HOLDER".)
YOUR SLIP WILL BE PLACED IN
ORDER RECEIVED & AFTER YOU SING, YOUR NAME WILL BE PLACED
ON THE WRITTEN LIST.
AFTER ALL ORIGINAL SIGN UPS
HAVE PERFORMED OR AFTER APPROXIMATELY ONE HOUR PASSES, (WHICHEVER
COMES FIRST), WE WILL START ROUND TWO.
OUR ROTATION WILL NOW BE ONE
REPEAT SINGER & ONE NEW SINGER. (IF WE GET A LOT OF NEW SINGERS
AT ONCE IT MAY CHANGE TO ONE REPEAT SINGER & TWO NEW SINGERS.
THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN VERY OFTEN.)
BASICALLY, YOU WILL SING IN
THE SAME ORDER AS YOU SANG IN THE PREVIOUS ROUND, EXCEPT MOST
OF THE TIME THERE WILL BE A NEW SINGER BEFORE YOU.
CHECK OUT THIS SAMPLE ROTATION
10. HANK (1ST NEW SINGER)
12. IRENE (2ND NEW SINGER)
14. JACK (3RD NEW SINGER)
16. KAY (4TH NEW
18. LINDA (5TH NEW SINGER)
20. MACK (6TH NEW SINGER)
22. NANCY (7TH NEW SINGER)
25. OPIE (8TH NEW SINGER)
27. PAUL (9TH NEW SINGER)
29. ETC., ETC., ETC.
the mic close enough to your mouth to catch all of the tones
you project, but when you hit really loud notes, pull it away.
(See our Mic Techniques Article.)
Start out with songs that you are fairly familiar with, but
please, also try new songs. It's fun!
up beat songs. This tends to create energy & enthusiasm!
Feel free if you wish, to ask someone to sing a duet with you.
Sometimes a singing partner can be fun. Be courteous to the
Remember...We all appreciate applause & enthusiasm. Feel
free to "get into" your song. Move around! Smile!
Dedicate your song to someone special!
bring your next request slip with you when you come to sing.
("Sing one. bring one!")
don't take the songbooks. these are extremely expensive to produce.
not "fold, spindle or mutilate" the books. please
turn the mic on before you sing your song & off when you
don't tap on or blow into the mic. if you are not sure that
it is on, say something into it.
don't change your selection at the last moment, as this will
only cause delays for you & the other singers.
please don't grab (cup) the mic by the top of the cover as this
causes feedback. please don't bring your smokes to the stage
don't scream directly into the mic.
do not remove the wind screens as they serve several purposes.
please, please don't jump on stage & start singing along
unless you are invited.
please, please don't ask when you will sing next or to move
your turn up sooner.