Tips for Singing Karaoke
Who doesn’t want to be a rock star? There is something about standing in front of a crowd, belting out the tunes, and receiving applause for your greatness. Yeah, right. Karaoke is not about being great. It is about having fun with the audience. It’s about your chance to get up and perform to your favorite tunes. You can sing to anything from pop songs, country ballads, or all-out rock and roll.
Karaoke got its start in Japan as a form of nightly entertainment and quickly made the move to the U.S. Today there are bars and night clubs everywhere that have weekly karaoke nights. You can even get a home karaoke system for practice and parties (but the ones at the club are much more high tech). So if you have ever thought about getting up in front of a room of mostly strangers and opening up the pipes, here is how you can do it.
Pick the Right Songs
If you sound like a cross between Ted Nugent and Metallica, you are going to have a hard time singing Whitney Houston. Not everyone has the right voice to sing specific styles of music. When starting out singing karaoke, you should stick to some basic melodies that won’t cause your vocal cords to start bleeding. Classic Beatles songs are always a good choice as is Sinatra, Chuck Berry, and anything from Motown. For the ladies, try out some early Madonna or even Aretha. When choosing your song, remember that audiences generally like upbeat and fast-paced songs.
Once you get to a club and before you get up to the mike, read the club’s songbook thoroughly. There are thousands of different songs to choose from on karaoke, but different clubs will have different collections to choose from. Kep in mind what kind of singer you are and what type of sons you do better on. When you choose an artist to sing to, pick one of their better known ballads, not one of their lesser-known songs. The audience is likely to support a singer who chooses a popular song that they all know. If you are singing karaoke for the first time or the fiftieth time, you definitely want the auudience’s support. They can really make the experience. If the audience is into the song, they will likely sing it along with you.
If the audience likes you and you are happy with how you performed, you can always try a different musical style for your next song. The real trick to karaoke is not to bite off more than you can chew for your first performance. Many a first-timers have bombed because they chose the wrong song for them.
Practice at Home
If you want to practice your chops before your big performance, try practicing at home. There are karaoke home systems that you can buy for a reasonable amount. If you can borrow one from a friend, even better. If you can’t get your hands on one, you can usually find a karaoke version of a popular song on the Internet. Plus, lyrics to almost any song are available online from different sites. Get in plenty of practice by singing everywhere. Sure, the shower is a good place but do more than that. Sing while you work out in the yard, while you clean, or just anywhere. The obnject is to get in as much practice as possible until you know the song by heart.
Stage presence is another thing to remember with karaoke. The audience will appreciate it more if you do something on stage besides just stand there. Practice holding a mike while you sing. Check out yourself in the mirror and try out a few moves. If you are unsure how to move, watch a few music videos. No, you are probably not going to be able to dance like them but it will give you some ideas of what you can do.
Choose the Right Spot
When going to a karaoke club, you want to choose one that has a supportive audience. If you see chicken sire in front of the stage, that is a bad sign. Try visiting a couple of different clubs as an audience member and see how the audience reacts. You want a place with support, not a place that encourages the audience to heckle the singers. If you are nervous, make sure it is okay to face away from the audience. That way you can concentrate more on the song.
Put Your Heart Into It
Put everything you’ve got into it, even if it is going to be bad. Sometimes being bad is good. Singers who croon off-key can still entertain the audience by giving a good stage performance. Don’t try to hide behind the mike or speakers. Get up there and do your best. The audience will appreciate the effort.
If the idea of karaoke fills your heart with dread and causes your feet to freeze to the stage, you can always partner up with someone. Find a friend to sing a duet with. There have been lots of famous singing partners throughout the music industry so why can’t you do it? Pick a song that both of you can sing to and get them up onstage with you. The additional support will help with your stage fright and make the experience a lot more enjoyable for you. If you don’t want to share center stage, try standing behind your partner and singing backup. If it is your first time and you are worried about audience reaction, choose a partner who has been on stage before.
Hey, Its Karaoke
Okay, no one is going to expect you to be any good when you get up on stage and face the audience. That really isn’t the point. You are not there trying to perform for scouts from the music industry and you’re not there to impress anyone. The whole idea behind karaoke is to have fun. Get up there, move to the music, and do your best, even if it is your worst.