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Acoustic artists are truly the backbone of music, no matter what the genre. It’s something that’s spanned multiple generations and includes everything from rock and folk to country and even metal. Solely or primarily using instruments that produce sound using acoustic means rather than electronic or electric, often a guitar, defines this type of singer.
Singing acoustically like Adam Knight whose music has been streamed over two million times worldwide may look easy, but that’s only because the singer has the skills which are likely part natural talent and part voice training. In fact, one study published in Frontiers in Psychology revealed the acoustic challenges, including precise timing, voice quality, accurate pitch reproduction, and intended emotional inflection significant impact a listener’s evaluation of the performance.
While not everyone loves acoustic singers, many do, especially if the singer has the following qualities.
They Understand and Create the Right Sound for the Room
If the sound for any kind of performance isn’t good, the audience obviously won’t be able to enjoy it. That’s why good acoustic singers understand that creating the right sound is a lot more than simply adjusting levers.
They Know More Than a Few Chords
Acoustic singers who continuously strum the same chords for every song are boring. Those who know how to change things up are more likely to keep their audience entertained by, for example, using the strings as a percussion instrument by muting them with the base of their palm when strumming.
They’re Comfortable Onstage
If the singer appears nervous and anxious, the audience becomes uncomfortable themselves. The best singers are comfortable up on stage, making the experience enjoyable for all.
Engaging the Audience
When acoustic singers engage the audience, talking with them in between songs, the overall performance is significantly enhanced. Few people want to go to a show in which the singer rarely or never speaks to them at all. Singers who can reach everyone, including the people in the back by making a solid connection, bringing up life issues that many experience, such as how to find love or keep love alive, are artists that tend to attract a lot more loyal fans. They may say “you” frequently as it can be a very powerful word, such as “you’ve probably struggled with this,” which helps the audience to connect powerfully every single time.
Acoustic singers may not be comedians, but if they can get the audience laughing, they usually win that audience over. Everyone enjoys some comic relief – singers who belt out sad songs about things like “my girlfriend left me, taking my dog and my truck” and can also tell a good joke in between those tunes, are bound to have audiences that are happy with the show. After that encore, they’ll love acoustic singers even more.
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