Learn to sing Karaoke

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Karaoke apparently first appeared in the amusement quarter of Kobe, Japan, where it became popular among businessmen in the late 1970s. It gained widespread popularity in the U.S. in the late 1980s. It is usually featured at bars, where patrons can perform on a stage and sing popular hits by reading lyrics electronically displayed on a monitor. A video film often accompanies the music.

While the subject of Karaoke elicits a roll of the eyes for many people, there's no doubt that karaoke has had a huge cultural impact, first in Japan and then around the world. For a number of reasons, people enjoy singing and performing, and there's no device that's more successfully leveled the playing field for public performances than the karaoke machine.

Traditional karaoke machines incorporate a microphone, a recording of the instrumental tracks of a song, an audio output device, and a video screen that displays the lyrics of a song. Singers (or those who consider themselves to be singers) use the microphone to sing along to the music while following the lyrics on a video screen. Karaoke singing gained popularity in Japan in the 1980s and then spread throughout the world in the 1990s.

What type of music to sing ?

This is entirely a personal choice. Singing is a very personal enjoyment, if you feel like singing any song that you like; don’t feel the pressure of not being able to sing it well. Karaoke singing was primarily made for enjoyment and not to compete with people. And if you are a really karaoke enthusiast, then you should try different type of karaoke music as much as you like. Sometimes you would not know that you appreciate a certain type of music until you listen to it and sing it.

Karaoke Singing may be one of the best ways to entertain you. If you usually enjoy dancing but are looking for something new and exciting, then I think I may have just the thing to liven you up. Karaoke Singing is becoming more and more popular these days. It is a wonderful way to forget all your daily troubles and to leave behind your coyness just for a couple of minutes.

Karaoke has been so popular that it has included every major type of music in its play list. If you frequently go into a bar to sing in a karaoke, then you should look for the diversity of the bar’s play list so you can enjoy more. If you have your on karaoke machine in the house, then it’s best that you try different genres and experiment on your own voice quality. Remember, the main point in karaoke singing is the enjoyment, so pick up that microphone and start singing your heart out.

Karaoke Singing Tips - Overcoming Stage Fright

Even professional singers suffer from stage fright now and then. Just ask Babara Streisand. Stage fright had kept her from performing live for years. What about you as a karaoke singer, do you have stage fright when singing in public?

Actually, stage fright is only a mental condition for the fear of the unknown. Questions and questions will race through your head before each public performance. Will you forget the lyrics or sing out of tune? How will the audience react to your singing performance? Some of you become nervous, will that affect your voice? As answers to these questions cannot be predetermined until after your performance, you get fearful, stressful and anxiety builds up.

Stage fright fear triggers a fight or flight response, making the body rigid, shutting down digestion and increasing the heart rate. This definitely is not ideal condition for singing. You do know that stress and anxieties can affect your voice and performance in a detrimental way and that will compound your fear even further.

One of the best ways to overcome stage fright is to be well prepared. Having known that you have practiced your songs and performance solidly will give you the mental confidence and strength to take to the stage.

Another way to overcome stage fright is to take your mind off it. What  better way to do that than to do your warming up vocal exercises. I know many singers, especially amateur karaoke singers don't even bother warm up their voices. Warming up before a performance not only takes your mind away from the stress, but also helps you hit the notes easier and protect your vocal chords from damages.

Just as important as warming up is to cool down your voice after a performance as your vocal folds are all stressed up and need to be relaxed. If there is no cooling down, you risk of vocal damage increases also your strained voice doesn't get recovered before your next singing performance, you will risk another spell of anxiety attack. Remember, stage fright is only a figment of your imagination and can be controlled  when you set your mind to it.