Whether you like singing or not, you must have already been to a karaoke-club with your besties and you probably know this is going to happen again. To keep your performance up to snuff and to make that night out unforgettable and fun, we prepared a set of rules for you: they cover the repertoire, warm-up, and your stage image. Let’s get ready to rock the party!
A Fine Line
There’s a fine line between a fun experiment and a disaster. Even if everything went awful, the third cocktail was definitely the odd one, the sound engineer messed with the speed of the song, and the microphone turned out to be extremely slippery – don’t panic: your charm and ease will save the day anyway. Sing like there’s no other way to do it, and believe us – this will be an amazing performance.
You should remember two things about karaoke:
– You sing only for yourself, not for the audience. Karaoke is not a singing contest, it’s a club where nobody is going to judge and everyone is sure to support you.
– You just exaggerate the magnitude of the tragedy. This is called focusing effect – the moment when you drive yourself crazy thinking that everyone is looking at you. No. Nobody saw anything. Just book the next song.
It’s pretty tempting to order the very song all the guests will like. It is just awesome when the audience hears a familiar melody, then starts singing along with enthusiasm and comes out to dance. Yet, don’t get overconfident: sometimes the most popular songs turn out extremely difficult for a novice singer. Just ask yourself: can you really rap? Try to sing something that you feel equal to.
There are loads of musical pieces which are quite easy to perform and which don’t require any special skills. For example, “Call me maybe” by Carley Rae Jepsen will definitely stir the audience, and you don’t need to be a professional to cope with the vocal part. The key to it is just to shout out the chorus louder.
However, don’t forget that the song you have chosen must fit your voice tone. If you have a soprano, you can’t and shouldn’t sing tuneless alto in any case – not only because this will sound comical (as people always directly associate a song with the performer’s voice), but most importantly because this may hurt your larynx. Sing too high or too low a note, and this might damage your vocal cords or mucosa. Unfortunately, that’s true: not all songs are equally healthy for you.
Get Ready to Sacrifice
Sounds threatening, but actually it means that you will probably need to meet your listeners halfway. You might absolutely love the country music, but there are such karaoke-clubs where the guests don’t approve of a number of singers. This may even be reflected in the club rules. Let’s just say that singing this “simpleton” music at the club may at some time be prohibited not to scare away the clients accustomed to Britney Spears.
There are songs which may be inappropriate in some situations. It’s hardly a good idea to sing “Careless Whisper” by George Michael at a girls’ party after your friend’s husband cheated on her and they got a divorce. On the other hand, if you’ve already been planning a row or to revenge that pair of shoes which your friend borrowed back in the old school days and never returned, now is the time to act.
Breathe In and Breathe Out
There’s an important rule that many people forget. You have to sing right, whatever your level is. This is about the way your hold your microphone, the way you breathe, and even the way you act on the stage. If you sway your hips in tune just a little bit, that will be striking. But if you get too carried away with your dance moves, you will puff and pant, which will directly influence your singing. This is why music hall artistes prefer to lip-synch their songs if they have choreo to do in the performance – or rehearse each and every move. Their dance shouldn’t interfere with singing.
In fact, your preparations should start even earlier, before you come into the karaoke-club. The preparation steps are fairly easy: what you have to do is not to drink something too hot or too cold not to hurt your laryngeal mucosa. That said, you should drink enough for your throat to stay wet. And yes, the bad side is that alcohol is not a good idea, except for a couple of shots of courage.
And the first and foremost karaoke rule: forget about any rules. Your mood is the only real advisor you need. Don’t be afraid to look silly and awkward at the girls’ party out if your heart calls for it. Not a single good-party-scenario and not a single recommendation by a teacher of singing will take your inspirations into account. Just sing and be yourself.
Enjoy your karaoke and a fun girls’ night out!