Vocal and Guitar Performance Techniques

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Presentation by Tom Munch

This is a video recorded at the 2007 Fall Rocky Mountain Conference held in Cuchara Colorado in 2007.


Vocal Techniques for Great Tone

Guitar Techniques for Great Tone

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Vocal Tone

Good air


Consonants, Ending consonants


  • Having trouble with popping consonants? Move closer to the microphone. Eliminate plosives by keeping your lips on the windscreen

Chest, throat, nose

EQing with technique

Shape mouth, throat

Push forward or back

Working the Mic

  • Moving back from the microphone robs you of tone.
  • The ToneMatch® Filters were created for close microphone technique.

Stay Glued to the Windscreen

  • If you move your head around the microphone, swivel so that you mouth is always pointed at the windscreen.

Mic is an instrument

Listen & experiment

Guitar Tone


EQ with fingers

Flesh & nail


Hand position

Find good instrument tones for your instrument

Cover all frequencies

Tailor to function in mix

Listen & experiment



  • Good use of dynamics in any performance is a "value add" for your audience. Learning how to perform with dynamics will increase your enjoyment of playing/singing.

Stay out of own way

  • Be aware of the relative roles and volumes of your Vocals and your Guitar. Don't compete with yourself by overplaying Guitar while singing.

Match EQ to mix

Don't push/press harmonica player

turn up if necessary & pull back

Avoid tension

Listen & experiment


Good tone a function of listening & experimenting

Technical Notes

Tom used the following gear in the videos

  • L1 Model II and T1 ToneMatch Audio Engine.
  • AKG C535 vocal microphone.
  • Lowden L32CP with EMG film UST (like Fishman Matrix) & Joe Mills mic mounted just inside the sound hole perpendicular to soundboard.
  • Fishman Pocket Blender for Mills mic & EMG on Lowden
  • Simon & Patrick with LR Baggs Duet System (older with LB6 saddle)