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ACCOMPANIST - Someone who always has to play an instrument (i.e. harmonica), bang on the table or clap along during one’s song.

AQUAMOOCH - Someone who goes to karaoke and drinks only water to avoid spending money… Can easily be identified, as they are usually the biggest complainers about the rotation.

ARHYTHMIA IDIOTICA - The one guy who always claps out of rhythm with the rest of the crowd, just to annoy others.

AUDIO DEFICIT - When the music fades out, but words are still left on the screen to sing.

AUDIO REPEATUS - Hearing the same some twice in one night.

AUDIOMANIAC - A KJ that runs back and forth, adjusting the sound every minute as if they were running the Boston Marathon.

AUDIOPHOOL - Someone who knows nothing about audio, but always tries to tell the KJ how to run the sound.

AUDITORY DELUSION - When someone actually thinks cupping their hand over their ear makes them sound better.

BARELYOKE - When someone sings into the microphone and you still can’t hear them.

BATHROOM BREAK - A song, whenever performed, no matter how well performed, induces a customer, or customers to head to the bathroom, outside, or anywhere else away from the karaoke singing space.

BLAREOKE - When it’s obvious that the music is TOO DAMN LOUD!!!

BLOODYMARYOKE - Any show that lasts until daylight.

BOHEMIA NERVOSA - The irresistible urge to bang one’s head in the instrumental break of Bohemian Rhapsody.

BOOGIE COMPULSION - A disorder, which compels otherwise conservative individuals to stampede blindly to the dance floor when someone sings “Play that funky music”.

CAVE DWELLER - Someone who wraps their hand around the mic, thinking it looks cool, completely unaware that it makes their voice sound like they’re singing “Aqualung”.

CHAIREOKE - Any person who has to sit down while they sing so that they can effectively hide behind the monitor.

CLAPPUS ALONUS - When you are the only one clapping.

CLAPPUS FALSALARMUS - Accidentally clapping for the dance music. This is usually paired with the aforementioned CLAPPUS ALONUS and usually followed by CLAPPUS INTERUPTUS.

CLAPPUS INTERUPTUS - Clapping, then suddenly stopping because the song isn’t over.

COURTESY CLAP - Applause that only happens because the audience is glad the song is over.

DANCE RE-MIX - A disc, that always skips during a performance.

DAREOKE - Similar to SCARYOKE, but it was your friend that picked the song.

DEDICATION - Any ballad sung in hopes of gaining female companionship for the evening.

DORKAPELLA - Someone who continues to sing even when the song is over, and refuses to stop until the KJ or the next singer grabs the mic from them.


A singer who always misses the first part of the song, and the host has to start it over.

DRAFT CARD - A request slip with someone’s name on it who has not volunteered to sing.

DRIVE-BY - Cruising past a show trying to estimate how big the rotation is without making the “commitment” of walking in.

FAREOKE - A venue that charges you to sing and /or makes you pay a cover charge to get in.

FAKE VIRGIN - A person performing on a karaoke stage claiming to be on stage for the first time, but has sung in front of audiences before.

FAUX BOOST - The act of complimenting a singer’s not so good performance.

FIRE DRILL - Any song that causes a large group of people to head for the nearest exit.

GERMICROPHOBIA - The fear of “catching something” from the last singer by using the same microphone…resulting in the singer trying any of a dozen “sneaky” ways to wipe off the mic.

GHOST SINGER - A person who puts in a song, promptly disappears until they are called, then mysteriously re-appears.

GLAREOKE - Unable to read the monitor because the KJ positioned a spotlight right in your face.

HAILMARYOKE - When an overly pious individual approaches you to pray for your soul after you have sung and offensive song.

HAIRYOKE - Sorry, only 80’s metal singers allowed.

HARIKARIOKE - Equating the fear of karaoke with suicide.

HIT AND RUN - Someone who hangs around just long enough to sing, then vaporizes without a word.

HOLLYWOOD KISSES - The annoying, plastic comments intended to gain favor from a KJ…(often recognizable because of the repeated use of the word “Really”).

HOMOCIDE - When a singer performs a song he or she has never performed before (see suicide), and knows from the very start that the performance will be quite bad.

HUNTING SEASON - The time where people who don’t normally go to certain karaoke show will go, IF THERE’S A CONTEST.

I-DON’TCAREOKE - Singing for a dead crowd.

ILLUSIONIST - A singer whose voice is in complete conflict with their looks….(Example, she’s dressed like Patsy Cline, and next thing you know she breaks out with the Guns ‘N Roses).

IMPAIRAOKE - When dancers on the floor or other singers block you view of the TV monitor.

IRRITAGENT - A non-singer who represents their “friend” to the host…and tries to get the KJ to move them up because they are “so much better a singer than all the rest of these guys”.

KARABOO - The discouraged practice of letting a singer know that despite what the host said, the singer actually stank to high hell!

KARACHOKIE - When you try a song you’ve never done before, and blow it badly.

KARAADULTERY - Someone who sings a duet with one person and leaves the bar with another.

KARAFLARE - The act of flicking cigarette lighters or matches in order to pay homage to a particular song.

KARAGLYPHICS -Unreadable scribbling on a song request slip.

KARAHOKIE - Those so called “standards” which are so far out that no one in their right mind ever does them.

KARAHOOCHIE - A singer, usually of the female persuasion that gets way too friendly with the KJ, not caring if they are attached, or if their significant other is in the bar at the time.

KARALLOQUIAL DIALECT - The different ways to pronounce the word “Karaoke” based on what region a person is from.

KARAMPUTEE - Someone who’s been cut out of rotation for one reason or another.

KARAMUCK - The unidentifiable substance between the pages in a songbook which causes them to stick together.

KARANDROGYNOUS - Being able to sing male and female parts of certain songs.

KARAOKE - What pall bearers do at a funeral in Oklahoma.

KARAOKE ALZHEIMERS - A singer turns in a song, then 5 minutes later comes up and asks the KJ what they put in.

KARAOKE PARANOIA - A condition which makes a singer go up every 3 minutes to ask when they’re up.

KARAOKE STUTTERER - Someone who tries to sing along to a skipping disc.

KARAOKEPHOBIA - When someone is so scared of karaoke, that they push the book away from them as if it were an odious thing that will metaphysically transport them on stage if they open it.

KARA-OPIE - That annoying kid who shows up every week and bellows into the mic while adoring parent(s) look on as the rest of the place holds their ears.

KARAOGRE - The loner who never talks to anyone, never sits with anyone and is always a grouch.

KARACUTIE - The girl who sings gawdawful, but is so darn cute all the guys don’t care and cheer her on.

KARAP - Any song that makes you want to KARABOO.

KARASLINKY - A microphone cord which refuses to straighten out, no matter which way you try to unwind it.

KARASMOKIE - A KJ who abuses the fog machine, making it impossible to breath or see your mic.

KARASOAPIES - Those people who cannot resist telling you all about the latest trials and tribulations in their lives.

KARAENEMA - The art of pulling a song out of your ass when you least expect it.

KROAKIE - A singer who did Mariah Carey at the show the night before, and is now limited to Joe Cocker and Kim Carnes tunes.

LAYAWAY - Someone who turns in a blank request slip just to get into rotation.

LIQUID COURAGE - Any alcoholic beverage that facilitates a singer coming up on stage.

LYRICTOSIS - A dreaded disease contracted by karaoke software manufactures who get the lyrics ridiculously wrong.

MALSETTO - Singers who “breathe” their way through a power song.

MARTINESQUE - The type of singer that sings while simultaneously holding a drink and a cigarette in their free hand.

McMICROPHONE - A mic of such low quality that, instead of clapping, the audience asks a singer if they could “have some fries with that”.

MILLI VANILLI - A singer that goes up with another person, then won’t take the microphone, and just stands there and mouths the words the whole time.

MILLIONAIREOKE - An independently wealthy singer who has no other job besides owning a car lot.

MONDEGREEN (AN ACTUAL TERM) - Printed lyrics on CDG’s that sound similar to, but are in fact not the real lyrics of a given song.

NE’EROKE - You set up the show and no one will sing.

NICOMAGNETISM - The mysterious quality of cigarette smoke to waft towards the singers at the table, regardless of position.

NOM DE MIC - A fake name someone uses to cheat their way to the top of the rotation.

NOTHEREOKE - When the nest person you call up has left without telling you.

ORPHAN - A person who was “ditched” by their friends and inevitably ends up asking the KJ for a ride home.

OVERMODULATOR - A singer who constantly screams into the microphone. Everything they sing sounds like it’s being performed by Megadeth…even “The Rose”.

PARTYTIMEOKE - When you just go out to sing, get drunk, fall down and get up and sing some more.

PHLEGMIC CELLULOSE - That unidentified moist substance that breeds in microphone covers.

PITCHFORKING - Changing the key of a song so radically that the background singers sound like they’re either on Quaaludes or helium.

PORT-A-POTTY - Taking the wireless mic into the bathroom in order to avoid “tap dancing”.

PRAIRIEOKE - Too many country songs in a row.

PREMATURE CLAP - Clapping before the song is actually over.

PROJECTION IMPAIRED - When a singer sings so quietly that a KJ has to turn the mic up to the point of feedback.

PROOFREADER - Someone who always has to point out the typos in the songbook.

PSEUDOHOST - A singer who tries to act like a KJ, but is completely devoid of “people skills”.

QUICK CHANGE ARTIST - Someone who changes their song more than 3 times a night…usually right before they sing.

RAREOKE - Singing a Sound Choice Eagles song.

RECYCLER -Someone who changes their mind and scratches out their song so many times, that eventually they are forced to use the back of the request form.

REPEAT OFFENDER - Someone who pipes up with a cliché like “Is this thing on?” Thinking it’s funny….completely unaware that hundreds of other people have already said it that night.

ROTATION - The order in which customers of karaoke establishments will sing. Usually determined by the order in which customers make requests to sing and altered by additions of customers arriving later at the establishment than others. If used correctly and ethically time on stage will be allocated fairly to all people who wish to sing.

ROTATIONIRRATATUS - Happens when you see the same person singing 12 duets in one rotation and there are only 13 singers!

SCAMMEROKE - Singing behind the scene to make your friend sound much better than they are.

SCARYOKE - Attempting a song for the first time and you’re pretty sure it’s gonna suck.

SHAREOKE - When you and some of your friends “tag-team” through a song, or you wander around with a cordless mic and get others to sing with you.

SNOOZYOKE - Condition caused by too many slow songs in one rotation.

SOLITAREOKE - When the KJ is forced to sing back to back because there are no sign ups yet.

SPECIAL REQUEST - The most common excuse for a host to sing in a 50 person rotations, even though the person requesting the song will never be identified.

STANLEY AND LIVINGSTONED - The extremely drunk singer who always wanders off right before their turn, and their friends who is sent to go find them.

STAREEOKE - The local drunk’s awkward first encounter with singing and attempting to follow the words on the screen.

SUICIDE - When a singer performs a song he or she has never performed before.

SWEARINOKE - Someone who changes the songs lyrics in order to cuss just for the hell of it.

SWEAROKE - Any song sung deliberately to offend.

TAP DANCER - Someone who didn’t make it to the bathroom before their song came up.

THE DARK SIDE OF KARAOKE - People who take karaoke TOO SERIOUSLY and cleave to it to fill deep emotional voids. If it weren’t for karaoke, they’d be on the rooftop with an AK-47. “Dark-Siders” can be easily be identified by dropping by a location 3 hours before the show starts, they’ll be sitting there waiting.

THE EEBIE FREEBIES - That unnerving and irritating feeling a bartender gets when a water drinker sits down at the bar.

THE NUTCRACKER SWEAT - The terror experienced by a male singer before singing any Peter Cetera song.

TITLEIST - Someone who calls themselves the “QUEEN” or “KING” of karaoke, but usually sings like Roseanne Barr.

TOKIOKE - Refers to anyone trying to sing while stoned or on a hallucinogens.

TUTOR - Someone who always has to help others fill out their request slips and find songs.

TYPHOID KARY - Any idiot who sings with a communicable illness.

ULTRASONIC - Songs that are so high that only dogs can hear them (anything by Mariah Carey).

UNFAIROKE - The person who complains after losing a contest.

VIBRATO NON GRATA - ‘Trilling’ your voice inappropriately on every note of a song, to the point that you sound like you’re singing in an earthquake.

VIRGIN - A person performing on a karaoke stage for the first time ever in their life.

WANNARODIE - People who insist on trying to help break down equipment, over the objections of the host.

WARYOKE - You get up to sing in a group song but no way, no how will you get near the mic.

WEARYOKE - The third time you hear “Goodbye Earl” in a single night (feel free to insert your favorite song here).

WHEREEOKE - The frantic search for a singing fix when a karaoke junkie visits a new town.


Don't Bother Using Any Of These Excuses ... We Have Not Only Heard Them All, We Have Personally Used Most of These Already.

1. “I need to sing next because I have to leave!” (note: why should I let you sing out of turn and upset those people who are staying and drinking???)

2. “I have to catch a flight!”

3. “I know the owner!"

4. “I have to sing next because I have a weak bladder and if I don’t sing right away, I might have an accident on stage.”

5. “I need to sing next because my girlfriend is planning on getting pregnant in a little bit and I’d like to be there.”

6. “I need to sing next before my buzz hits too hard.”

7. “I’m 20 minutes late for work, can I sing next?” (Priorities, anyone?)

8. “But I can sing that song so much better!”

9. “I’m a friend of _____________ and he/she said I can sing next anytime I want.”

10. “My girlfriend is awesome – let her sing next.”

11. “I have to go to work in the morning.” 

12. “I’m leaving in ____minutes!” 

13. “I’m drunk and I don’t know what I’m doing.”

14. “The bar owner said I could!”

15. “I need to sing now so I can start drinking.”

16. “My friends dared me and if I don’t sing now, I never will.”

17. “My manager (talent scout, or record executive) is in the audience and wants to hear me sing.”

18. “I spend a lot of money in this bar.”

19. “If I don’t sing next, I’m going to the bar down the street and taking all of my friends with me.”

20. “My relatives are in town visiting and they’re leaving to go back home tomorrow.”

21. “I’ll give you a tip.”

22. “I signed up hours ago and you haven’t called me up yet.”

23. “I signed up last night and you never called me up then.”

24. “I have to go to church tomorrow.” 

25. “This was requested.”

26. “I’m getting old and can’t stay up any later.”

27. "I'll _______ you in the bathroom if you just let me


28. "So and so is auditioning for his band here tonight."

29. "I gotta go pick my kids up from the babysitters." (These types are always intoxicated and holding a set of car keys.) 


10. With Karaoke, you're always sure you can find someone worse than you are. 

9. You don't feel obligated to buy someone dinner for singing Karaoke with you.

8. When you sing Karaoke, it's OK to have multiple partners. 

7. It's OK to sing Karaoke with your sister. 

6. With Karaoke, you never have to be sorry about forgetting your lines.

5. It's OK to drink too much and sing Karaoke. 

4. With Karaoke, no one will complain about the size of your microphone.

3. It's OK to sing Karaoke in front of your neighbors.

2. You'll never feel uncomfortable knowing your parents still sing Karaoke. 

1. No one complains about a 3-minute Karaoke performance.


1. You've ever burned up a car to get to karaoke. 

2. You're broke all the time. 

3. You clap when a song finishes on the radio. 

4. You ever wake up from a sound sleep clapping.

5. Strangers walk up to you in Wal-Mart and compliment you on your singing. 

6. People you don't know ask, "Aren't you the karaoke dude?" 

7. You get raving mad when you are accidentally skipped in the rotation.

8. Songs on the radio don't sound right because Ernest or Roger aren't singing them. 

9. You hear a song on the radio and think, that's number7-12. 

10. You don't wear "the hat" and nobody knows you. 

11. Somebody says, "why don't we leave early?" and the whole crowd gasps (and early is 12:30 pm). 

12. You refer to "my list" ten months after you've sold out. 

13. You find yourself engrossed in the philosophical ramifications of "AMERICAN PIE". 

14. You go to a concert and wonder when they're gonna call you up to sing. 

15. You go to a concert and all the time you're thinking "I could do that"

16. You write lists like this on the back of karaoke slips.

17. Last call comes and you say "But I'm not through singing yet!" 

18. You've ever been taken home passed out in the back of a 69 Cadillac hearse. 

19. You've ever ripped the door off a bar. 

20. You have laryngitis and you still try to sing.

21. Blue drinks turn you into the INCREDIBLE HULK. 

22. You know you've got to get up at 6:30 am and you still close the bar down. 

23. There's 12 inches of snow on the ground and ice on the roads and where are you? THE KARAOKE BAR!

24. You think "life without the role" are really the words.

25. Someone asks you if you have a slip, and they're not talking about underwear! 

26. Someone is writing "WHAT IF" lists during karaoke. 

27. You remember the number of over two songs by memory. 

28. You know everybody's first name-and you don't know what the hell their last names are.

29. You know the location of every motel within five miles of the bar. 

30. You don't remember the names of any waitresses before Sharon Peters. 

31. You know the location of every karaoke bar within 50 miles of your house. 

32. When you're not at the karaoke bar by 10: 30 people call your house to find out what's wrong.

33. You would never consider dating someone with a bad voice. 

34. Anything brighter than neon lights hurts your eyes. 

35. Someone suggests going dancing instead and you're appalled. 

36. Your stock reply is "you mean there's a bowling alley here." 

37. That commercial on TV that makes fun of karaoke really pisses you off. 

38. You see karaoke on TV and you think "That's not the way it's done!" 

39. You actually know that karaoke means "empty orchestra." 

40. It feels weird to go to a new karaoke bar and not sit at the "regulars" table. 

41. You get pissed when someone else is sitting in your place. 

42. You throw up on somebody's car---and they understand. 

43. You get pissed when someone sings "your song". 

44. The songs, "LOVE SHACK", "FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES", and "AMERICAN PIE" really annoy you (unless of course YOU want to sing them). 

45. Someone refers to "the longest song in the book" and you know what they're talking about. 

46. The word "rotation" no longer conjures up thoughts of tires or sex. 

47. You've ever browsed the "net" under the heading "KARAOKE". 

48. You've ever called a wrecker to take you and your car to KARAOKE(hey it was contest night O. K.!)

49. You think it's a compliment when someone dedicates "THE BITCH IS BACK" to you. 

50. A new person who sings well is automatically your friend. 

51. Your new best friend is somebody who does the same type songs as you. 

52. You can't name five presidents,---BUT you know all the members of KISS and the EAGLES. 

53. The whole bar yells "OH SHIT" when you're called to sing. 

54. You know the entire intro to "BABY'S GOT BACK". 

55. You start believing your middle name is "lucy" or "louise". 

56. You hear "what's this fat f---er going to sing?" And you're determined to sing them under the table.

57. Anyone has ever suggested therapy. 

58. You've picked karaoke songs to be sung at your funeral (wife says this ain' t happening)--------BITCH. 

59. You wonder what ever happened to what's-his-name, you know he sang _____? 

60. You've ever received an emergency call at the bar. 

61. You think you sound better than the original. 

62. You can still sit still after listening to "LOVE SHACK" 5,000 times. 

63. Someone throws up because you sang too much ELTON JOHN. 

64. You think you can never sing too much ELTON JOHN.

65. Someone suggests an after party and you ask "do you have a karaoke machine?"

66. You can't remember the words to a song you've heard all your life without "the screen". 

67. You and three other people have sung "FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES" after the karaoke has closed down. 

68. The first thing you think when you hear a new song

on the radio is "when is this coming out on karaoke?" 

69. You call the karaoke store and hound them about a disk.

70. You buy a karaoke disk for one song---burning 14 other songs. 

71. You try to learn 14 songs you don't really lik.e 

72. You consider beer a lubricant for your vocal chords. 

73. It takes you 15 minutes to hug everybody goodbye.

74. Your best friend has to hold you up to sing your last song, and you never miss a note (hey it was TWIST OFF night O. K.!) 

75. You can't sing until you're nice and toasty. 

76. The high point of your week is when the bar gets a new disk. 

77. You cant stand up or walk but you never miss a note.

78. You feel cheated if they don't get karaoke started at 9:00 sharp "bar time".

79. The term kamikaze has nothing to do with japan or planes. 

80. Your house guests get to your house 1-1/2 hours before you do. 

81. You're a woman but you're still willing to sing the guys part. 

82. You're a guy but your still willing to sing Barbara's part in "NO MORE TEARS"


An evening out with friends going to a Karaoke Club is fun and interesting. If you have never done this type of singing, it would be advisable to watch a few times, to get the idea, or to get a home system and practice. Either way, make sure you do not hesitate to get up on stage, and try it. Get together with a few friends, and sing as a group. Either way, enjoy it.


1. Pick a song. Sometimes there are binders that have a list of the songs that are available. If you are doing karaoke at home, you can often look at the CD case for a listing. You can also ask the host or hostess if they have a particular song in mind that they would like you to sing.


2. Fill out a slip, if required. These should usually be turned into the host or your waiter.


3. Wait your turn. Different hosts have different ways of rotating the singers, so don't get worried if your song doesn't come up when you expect it to.


4. Follow the words on the screen. Ideally, you should have the song memorized, and the lyrics are on the screen to keep you on track if you have a forgetful moment. It helps if you at least know the melody. Try to make eye contact with the audience and smile.


5. Sit down when you're done. Some people like to linger on stage, hoping they can squeeze in another. Don't be that person. Let the next singer have their turn. In some karaoke clubs, you might be awarded points based on performance.


6. Don't be nervous. Some people have stage fright. But that's okay! Soon you'll get over it



Karaoke is about having fun, not getting a record deal, so don't be too embarrassed if you can't sing well.

With that said, if you know the song, but the song is out of your range, press the transpose key up or down if you can, or ask the operator to do it for you. Say "Up a key" will normally change a song in C to D or D-flat depending on the machine. If you have full control, then go for a test run, then restart the song again for songs with short intros so you won't miss the cue to start singing.

If you want to sing songs that are so long to the point of being edited to suit the airplay (e.g. Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around..."), learn the full version of the song, then listen to the radio edit very carefully beforehand to see what is edited out before even attempting it .

This tip is very applicable to older songs. If you want to impersonate someone, be sure that the version you are practising to impersonate matches the version that is available at the venue. Sometimes, live versions from different versions are different from CD version. From the subtle things as the timings or groupings of words to the entire arrangements and even the singer was singing with a very sore throat could throw your practise off by quite a bit.



Another risk you take from transposing a song is that the mood of the song changes. Whether it changes for the better or worse (in terms of desired effect), it is quite subjective. So get yourself a Transposer and listen to the transposed version a few times before doing it for real.

If you are using a karaoke machine as a tool to practice a parody you've written, make sure you have backup singers to cover up the original backups.

Once you become good at karaoke, do not follow the colored words completely, as it limits your own style. Pick songs that you DO know the words to by learning the song beforehand. Over-relying on the lyrics prompter will make you lazy and unable to learn songs by heart. And if you are doing karaoke outdoors or publicly, the sun's glare will block the screen out. If you don't know the lyrics, you're seriously handicapped. Also, if you ever wanted to test a parody you've written, you'd slip back to the original lyrics.

The transpose key is useful, but if you are a guy trying to sing Christina Aguilera (or a girl trying to sing Johnny Cash), you'd notice that if you can hear the backup singers, the voice is very badly warped.


You walk into the party and spot it-the karaoke machine. Uh-oh. You know what's coming.



1. So does Renee Grant-Williams. She's a singing coach for some, oh, pretty good singers like Faith Hill and the Dixie Chicks. But it doesn't mean she doesn't know how to help the vocally challenged among us. And she's willing to share.


2. "Hey, why don't you get up and sing one next?" someone yells. Suddenly all eyes turn toward you and someone hands you the microphone. Your mind turns to jelly. Your knees go weak. Sure, you sing along with your favorite songs on the radio, but in front of everyone?


3. It's only natural to have a pang of anxiety any time you're in the spotlight. But singing with karaoke isn't about giving a perfect performance. It's about having fun with your friends. People want to hear you. If they wanted to hear Ali­cia Keys, they'd buy the CD. Besides, what's the worst thing that can happen? The worst thing that can happen is that you sit there and don't even try. A potential karaoke moment may be lurking anywhere—at a dance, a wedding reception, or a Sweet Sixteen party—so why not be prepared?


4. Here are some tips straight from Renee that will help make you shine the next time you're in the spotlight.


5. Pick two or three of your favorite songs to learn. Choose well-known songs that are in your range. Can you reach the high notes without screaming? Can you reach the low notes? Make sure the melody is easy to hum and that you can feel the rhythm easily. Learn the melody and study it as thoroughly as you would study any other subject. Record yourself and listen back. Taking time to write out all the words will help you memorize them quickly.


6. Try to get the instrumental tracks on cassette or CD so you can sing along without hearing the other singer. If you always practice singing with someone else's voice, you will never learn to lead with your voice. Background tracks to the most popular songs are gener­ally available at record stores and media outlets. Go to the Internet if you can't find them in your town.


7. Work on your voice. Singing is a very physical activity and re­quires a power source. Support your voice tone the way you would support your body when you're lifting something heavy. Get your legs under you, tuck your hips under, and use strength from the lower part of your body—as if you were lifting. Push the balls of your feet firmly into the floor. Try not to lift your chin; instead, keep your head rounded over the microphone with your chin lower in the front. This makes the tone sound warm and resonant.


8. Sing the words. Actually think about what the words mean. It's surprising how much better we sound when we really mean what we're saying. Choose songs that are age-appropriate so you're not trying to be convincing in a song about your six kids and three divorces.


9. Calm your fears. There's a trick I teach my students when they are nervous about a performance. I tell them to write down all the things they think could go wrong-going off pitch, forgetting the words, falling down-whatever they fear most. Then I tell them to sing and make all those mistakes—just do a terrible job. This is not as easy as it sounds. You'll find it's almost as hard to be terrible as it is to be perfect, but once you've done it a few times, you'll find this exercise helps put your performance fears to rest.


10. Ham it up. Getting up to sing is a chance to act out your "star" fantasies. Go all the way. Find the "ham" in you. Wear some glam clothing, do some rock and roll moves, sing your heart out. In truth, most people would rather see you succeed than fail, and giving a full-out performance will always go over better than hanging back. Trust me. Things don't improve when you sound as if you're apolo­gizing for giving such a rotten, worthless performance.


11. Now, I can't guarantee these tips will get you a recording con­tract or an MTV video, but they should go a long way toward mak­ing it a lot more fun—to sing for fun!



Get at it! When you're up there, let it all hang out. It is your time!

Remember that most people are there just to have fun. Most people won't care if you're a great singer or not, as long as you're at least somewhat on pitch.

Asian-style karaoke boxes are private practice rooms where you can hire a room for yourself and close friends so you can sing in a small group before performing in Western-style open talent-quest-like karaoke environment.

If in a bar where alcoholic beverages are served. The more they drink, the better you sound.

Using the old public speaking trick helps: Imagining the audience in their underwear.

When you're scoping out venues, pay attention to what the regulars' signature songs are, and try to make sure you don't pick one of those as yours. Not only is it better for the audience (who wants to hear the same song twice?) but it's also good karaoke etiquette. [1]



Guys, think twice before choosing a song from Queen. Freddie Mercury was trained to sing opera before his rock career got started. Ladies, avoid songs from Pat Benetar for the same reason. Make sure you really know the song you are going to sing as it really helps.

Don't assume you have to get drunk to do karaoke. Following these steps will help. Besides, you want to have the audience singing with you, not laughing at your slurred lyrics. If a drink does help you loosen up, have one (but not four).

Make nice with the host or hostess. If you end up waiting a long time before your song is up, or if you find that your microphone volume isn't ideal, or if the screen lyrics don't quite match up with the music, pick your battles carefully, and don't be a diva. A host with a grudge is not very conducive to your karaoke career.[2]

Avoid songs with long solos or instrumental breaks unless you're an air guitar master or can do a little dancing to keep the audience entertained.[3]


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