Your first performance on the stage of a karaoke club is stressful. The newcomers always experience a very complex range of emotions: from fear to shame. Stage fright is a normal thing. Absolutely everyone has gone through it. Even your idols, who now feel at ease and laid back before a thousands-strong audience, once had shaking knees and wanted to give up everything and rush away from the stage. We’ve come up with 10 tips that will help you have a positive first karaoke experience and overcome anxiety and fear you have performing before the audience.
1. Don’t be afraid. A karaoke club is not a song contest or music TV show: no judgement for your mistakes. The only criterion for assessing your performance is your spirit. But even if one thought about the failure weighs you down, try to make some preparations in advance and make a list of performance options. You can come up with a funny phrase at the end that will make the audience laugh and will turn a weak performance into an impressive show item.
2. Sing more. Even the most talented singers didn’t become stars in one night. Singing is a skill that requires much practice. The more you sing, the better you are going to do it. Use a home-based karaoke system to expand your vocal range and learn new songs.
3. Start with something simple. It is crucial to find a song that won’t be challenging for you during your first performance at a karaoke club. There are quite a few songs, recommended for the ovices – they do not ask for any advanced signing skills.
4. Mind your breathing. Proper breathing is something every singer should master. The way you are breathing and distribute air while singing determines much how clear and long the notes are, how strong the voice is, and, respectively, how the entire song is going to sound.
5. Adjust the tone and tempo. The sound operator at the karaoke club is your best friend and assistant. Ask him to help you adjust the tone and tempo of the backtrack so that your singing is comfortable.
We have prepared a list of songs for you that are easy to sing even for those who take a karaoke microphone in their hand for the first time. They do not require special vocal techniques, special singing skills or a wide range of voice.
6. Create an image. Show your individuality in the song. Don’t try to perform the way the original song sounds. Add your own emotions, feelings and mix them up with artistry – they will make your performance marvellous!
7. Forget about shame. The first performance is often bungled and awkward. Relax and be yourself. Think of several simple dance movements for the stage. They will help you to overcome weak knees and empower you.
8. Don’t shout out. Loudly doesn’t mean well. It reveals nervousness and lack of experience. If you are not a big fan of growling (a specific growling manner of singing), don’t try to volume your voice up with every next note. Karaoke clubs have excellent sound equipment and people can hear you everywhere.
9. Don’t apologize. Don’t start your performance with apologizing for your bad singing, lack of experience or poor vocal. First, you are probably wrong and you have a marvellous voice (you can even ask the sound operator to record your performance to check it yourself then). Second, this puts your audience and you in a negative frame of mind. Imagine you are a star with limitless power. Focus on this feeling, keep it, and sing with it.
10. Sing for one listener. This technique is often used by those performing in public. Check out the audience and find someone you like. Focus on this person and sing for him or her. Other people present at the karaoke club at that moment will simply cease to exist for you.