In its more than 50-year history, karaoke has become full of myths and legends. Some of them are quite frequent and represent common misconceptions caused by ignorance. Among them are the low social status of karaoke singers and the unpopularity of karaoke as entertainment, and some others.
Karaoke myths are stereotypes that have been built up over the years and are generally not confirmed by any facts. Impressions after a bad karaoke club experience mixed with prejudices and preconceptions, they became absurd and went to the public, becoming quite stable myths. We have devoted our article to debunking these legends.
Many perceive karaoke as a purely marginal entertainment from the early 90’s. When there were noisy and not very sober voices from every roadside bar. Yeah, it was, and it probably still exists somewhere, but does this characterize karaoke as a leisure format? Of course, no. Rather, the aggressive audience in poor-quality bars characterizes the 90th as a challenging time for everyone.
Within a few years, the situation changed dramatically. Karaoke came on TV, very prestigious and expensive karaoke clubs opened, karaoke rooms became the norm in restaurants and nightclubs, international karaoke contests started one by one. Karaoke is not about the amount of alcohol, but about the voice, mood, emotions that are natural and understandable things for everyone.
Another common myth is that karaoke singing is useless. Actually, the benefits of karaoke have been well studied for a long time. Saturation of blood with oxygen, strengthening your immune system, relieving your stress, getting rid of your complexes – this is the minimum benefits that a person who regularly sings in karaoke get.
Karaoke is used to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, treats snoring and is used to strengthen social connections. Karaoke also has a place in the team building industry. The world’s leading companies, which are seriously concerned about increasing employee efficiency, are equipping their offices with karaoke rooms and regularly hold karaoke parties.
People who judge karaoke by the image in the 90’s are also convinced that karaoke uses poor-quality soundtracks that are played on a synthesizer. It’s a big misconception. Karaoke songs are written by professional musicians in modern music studios. The recording process uses a large number of instruments to repeat the original sound exactly. Sometimes a minus is the original given by a performer or copyright holders.
Recording a composition is a difficult and expensive process, so that you take a karaoke microphone into your hand, enjoy the smallest nuances of the song and are able to hear the sound of every instrument and every note. The peculiarity of professional karaoke systems such as EVOBOX is that the joy of performance is complete, which is impossible if at least one of the components, whether a screw on the body or a soundtrack, turns out not to be of the highest class.
Karaoke is not for home
Some people think karaoke is purely club entertainment. Hundreds of thousands of people with home karaoke systems would argue with that statement. Karaoke is so popular that many home technology manufacturers incorporate this feature into home cinemas, players and SMART-TV. It would be more accurate to say that karaoke is already small for the apartment. It is gradually taking over the Internet, smartphones and tablets.
Since the 1980s, when the first LaserKaraoke home player was released, karaoke has been firmly and permanently settled in the homes of Japanese, Filipinos, Americans and Europeans, becoming an integral part of home and family recreation. Karaoke can now be found even in taxis, on yachts and in single booths in shopping malls where visitors can relax from shopping.
You need a musical ear to sing karaoke
Of course, in order to sing your favorite song, a musical ear doesn’t hurt. On the other hand, how do you develop it if you don’t sing? First of all, karaoke is a good entertainment for cheering up and relaxing, not a talent factory. The guests don’t sing in karaoke clubs for points, but because they want to sing. Unless we are talking about prestigious karaoke contests that bring professional performers together.
However, karaoke club is a platform that gives impetus to the training of new skills, among which is not only singing. Artistry, oratory skills, proper breathing and a good memory are all attached to karaoke performance in front of the hall. The more you sing, the better you do it and the better you reveal your talents.
However, it is better to try karaoke once, and all the myths will be dispelled automatically. Karaoke is a wonderful, useful entertainment for family, friendly companies and corporate events with colleagues. Sing and let music change the world for the better.
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Cover photo: film ‘The Wedding Singer’.