why do singers wear earplugs on stage

Why do singers wear earpieces? They use them for a lot of reasons:
One main reason is to eliminate or reduce echo. When on stage, the singer generally stands behind the speakers. In an auditorium built for concerts, sound will radiate through the building. This is a bonus for the audience but when the music echoes back to the stage, the singer can become confused, because by the time the music bounces back to the stage, the sound coming back can be a second or two off from what the singer is currently singing.


Another reason is to block the sound from the band. These instruments are very loud, especially the instruments which use electric amplifiers. The background noise can make it very hard for the singer to hear themselves sing. Previously (and currently in some venues where cover bands do gigs: bars, private parties, etc. ), stage monitors were used to help the singer hear only what he or she is currently singing. These stage monitors are small speakers aimed directly at the singer, so the singer will hear themselves in БrealБ time.


My dad (a one man band) uses stage monitors. This works fine for him as the only background noises are the audience and his own instruments/machines. Stage machines do not work very well in today's amped up concert venues. Musicians and singers move around a lot on stage, so the standard stage monitors would not work (unless they created them to move with the singerБwhich I do not see happening). By Lis Lewis If you saw the inauguration you watched as Beyonc pulled outPher earpiece while singing the Star Spangled Banner.


That earpiece is called an in-ear monitor. It allows her to hear exactly what she wants. For example if you are a singer singing with a live band, there is a lot of noise onstage with you, especially from the drummer. It can be very hard to hear yourself which can make you sing louder and even shout. Your voice can get tired and you might feel like you re straining. If you use in-ears, you can have the sound engineer put only your voice and, let s say, the keyboard in your ears.


You won t hear the drummer at all! You can choose how much or little of each instrument you hear. There are some drawbacks to in-ear monitors though. A rehearsal in an empty room sounds entirely different than in a room full of bodies so you can t be sure how it s going to sound at the show. Also you don t get any ambient sound in your ears so there s no room noise. If you aren t used to the way that sounds, it can feel dead.


I don t know exactly what happened in the case of Beyonc but I imagine it s hard to predict what you want to hear in your ears when you re singing outdoors in front of hundreds of thousands of people. She probably had too much of the Marine Corps Band in her ears and took one earpiece out to try to hear her voice coming out of her mouth. Ready to take your singing to the next level? Take private voice lessons in Los Angeles or online with Lis Lewis!