With us tentatively restarting our live Singers’ Nights (albeit with a limited number of people attending) we have had to consider the potential health consequences of everybody sharing the same microphone.
With this in mind, we have sourced a supply of disposable microphone covers which each performer removes and places in the bin as soon as they finish their spot.
There also revived the debate about how far one should hold the microphone when singing.
Six to nine inches is often heralded as the “correct” distance when it comes to using a dynamic microphone such as the ubiquitous Shure SM58.
The best advice I ever heard was to imagine the mic was the ear of a close friend. Only get really close when whispering something and move progressively further away as your voice gets louder.
Compare the difference between Midge Ure’s technique at the start of this clip (one minute in) compared to the crescendo 45 seconds later.
You can read more about microphone technique here