How to Record YouTube Music Videos

YouTube music videos are an important part of any music makers’ promotional tools.

There are a lot of reasons that I recommend new artists record a music video of themselves. You can use your own YouTube music videos to help find ways to improve your performance. The video, after all, will allow you to see and hear exactly what your audience does.

YouTube Music Videos

For your first video you don’t need to go out and spend tons of cash to get going. I recommend you simply use the camera and microphone on your laptop or smartphone.

(How to record singing and playing guitar at the same time)

YouTube Music Videos

Below are some helpful tips on how to make yourself look and sound as great as possible for YouTube music videos.


On phones and webcams the microphone and camera are attached to each other, so it can be difficult to get the camera far enough back to capture your body, but close enough for the microphone to hear you. It can be a bit of a balancing act.

Get as much of your body in the camera shot as possible so that you can see if you have any weird habits while you play/sing. If your foot is out of frame, you may never know that you subconsciously tap your foot as you sing.

Room Acoustics

Acoustics are the properties or qualities of a room that determine how sound is transmitted in it.

Basic rules:

  • Don’t record in a small room with flat, square, bare walls.
  • Eliminate all the background noise you possibly can.
  • If the room sounds echoey, throw some pillows against the wall and hang up some blankets.

Video Recording Best Practices

Simple best practices:

  • Look into the camera.
  • Sit or stand comfortably/naturally.
  • Don’t wear distracting clothes.
  • Use lots of light.

Simple Next Steps

The easiest way to get a dramatic increase in your recorded music quality is to use a separate microphone. The improvement will be immediate and glorious. Before you go out and buy something though, you need to know how to find the best microphones for singing.

So what are you waiting for? Start recording YouTube music videos today!

This is a guest post by Jesse Elmore from Hear The Music


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