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3 ways to never hold a microphone
1) Cup the back of the mic - Yes, all the rappers do it, but you shouldn't "cup" the back of a mic because that blocks the back vents on the mic, essentially turning it into an omni, much more susceptible to feedback. You'll get less level out of it, not more.
2) Cover the front of the mic with your hand - Singers seem to do this when a feedback squeal occurs, thinking sound won't get it, but goes around and in the back vents. As above, effectively turning it into an omni, which makes the feedback even worse!
3) Hold onto the mic near the bottom - That pinky can hit the XLR cable release and the cable will fall out. Embarrassing with a dynamic mic, but a condensor will give the audience a thundering phantom power "pop" too.

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