Most people who try karaoke are normally happy just to ‘have a go,’ rather than try and make a decent fist of it. Although everyone loves a trier, and everyone receives applause whatever song they sing, the applause for someone who can actually ‘do a turn’ and sing almost pitch perfect and in tune is often longer and louder, and there’s also a great deal of satisfaction in coming off stage to appreciative applause.
The Key is in the Choice of Song
The choice of song is all important and often or not it’s not a favorite tune, but one the singer knows well and is an easy song to sing. Singing lessons and learning about breathing techniques and diction is indeed a manner in which to improve karaoke singing, but anyone who can hold a note without sounding croaky, are halfway to finding the right song.
It’s Best Not to Attempt Eminem of Whitney Houston
So what is that song? Well, far too often in karaoke bars, potential singers attempt the impossible such as Whitney Houston’s “The Greatest Love of All” or anything by Eminem. It is best to leave those sort of songs to the professionals and try something easy-peasy and often cheesy too.
Practically anything by Abba is great for groups of three or four. The Swedish chart-toppers’ songs are easy to sing and always have catchy lyrics and a simple chorus. No wonder then that their Eurovision winning song from 1974 “Waterloo” was voted top karaoke song in the UK last year.
Men should have a look at the Beatles catalog, particularly the early and simple songs, or maybe an Elvis hit or something by Take That. For the girls, well Shania Twain has had some catchy hits, and there’s also Madonna’s early collection such as “Holiday,” “Papa Don’t Preach” and that instant classic “Like a Virgin”‘.
Practice Really Does Make Perfect
Getting to know the phrasing of a song and where to breathe are all important along with knowledge of the lyrics. The best karaoke singers know all of these things and don’t have to stare at the screen the whole time but can eyeball the audience. The top singers really can turn in a performance, and they enjoy the experience as much as the audience.
The Internet makes it so easy to practice with sites such as Lyrics.com not only displaying the words but in many cases providing video footage of the original artists singing them. This makes it simple to sing along and practice any song. With so much choice too there is something for everyone. Once the song is discovered many karaoke artists rarely stray from it. It has always been a case of steeling the nerves and getting out there and doing it. They say that everyone has a book in them, well everyone has a song too!