There are a lot of singers that have concerts on the street or outdoors in a public place. This style is usually a beginner or amateur singer’s starting point to gain experience and become comfortable singing songs in the front of many people. Some experienced singers too, choose this open air style on the street in a public place. They prefer outdoors instead of indoors. It brings the performer closer to the audience in a more intimate setting when compared to a large venue and stage. Be careful though, because this setting presents challenges to the audience listening to the sounds as well as the singer producing a well heard sound.
People tend to let out their voice louder when singing a song outdoors. This is because of the accompaniment sounds, whether it be the other instruments around them or just simply local noise. The voice when vocalizing spreads in the air, mixing with many other sounds in the vicinity, making listening when outdoors harder than in an enclosed area with isolated sounds.
If the location of the street venue is noisy and has sounds such as car traffic for example, it will surely affect the singer’s vocalization. More often than people think in this situation the singer is competing with background noises. This can make a singers voice worse, due to having to let out their voice louder than usual which can cause straining/trouble to the voice. Many good singers can start off well in this setting, but after just a few songs in a short amount time their voice will sound strained, hoarse and tired. Even with superior sound equipment… taking into consideration the setting and all the sounds in the area prior to an outdoor event will really prepare any singer and increase the probability of a successful singing performance.
Tips for singers who are planning to sing outdoors:
1.Keep the muscles related vocalization flexible
2.Resonate the voice in the pharyngeal cavity when singing and do not strain or stress that to compete with area noises
3.Don’t sing for extended/long periods of time
4.Don’t sing in an extremely noisy place
5.Use a good microphone
6.Cancel the concert when the weather is bad