Everyone hates being humiliated. Yet, karaoke still exists…
Karaoke is a paradox. On the one hand, it’s wildly popular. On the other hand, most people dread it. If you employ a little strategy, you can minimize the reasons to fear it and instead realize why so many people participate in the activity.
Select Songs You Know and Love
Ideally, you should know what song(s) you will perform before you even go. So the first thing you should do is make a list of songs you love. Then ask yourself, “How familiar am I with this song?” If you feel you know it well, do you think it’s one you could get up and sing in front of people? Consider the how rapidly you’ll have to bellow the words and give some honest thought as to whether you can keep up.
You can do this even if the decision to do karaoke is a spur of the moment one and you suddenly find yourself at the bar. Think of some songs you like, see if they’re available in the karaoke library, and try to sing them in your head as best you can with all the ruckus going on around you. If you have a smartphone or tablet with you, you could look up the lyrics prior to deciding that you’d perform it on stage.
The good thing about making a list of songs you’d be willing to perform is that you can then practice singing them. There are many karaoke websites that let you croon along to certain songs. If you can’t find your song(s) on those sites, you can always fall back on one of the numerous lyrics sites to review the lines of the song. After looking it over, sing along with the song a few times to become familiar with it and to see if any spots give you trouble. Consider eliminating a song from your repertoire if it’s too difficult.
Again, though hard, it is possible to practice a song in your head while at the bar if forced to do so. Especially helpful in this regard would be an internet-capable mobile device because you could use it to review the song’s structure and listen to it.
Make it Your Own
Many karaoke participants try to mirror the song’s performers, but it’s quite ok to give a song your own imprint. Say the words a little differently, change a word, go higher or lower — have some fun! Develop your own stage presence. Karaoke isn’t life or death. There aren’t any major rules. Go into the crowd. Ask them to sing along.
Though the the thought of going in front of a lot of strangers to sing a song is intimidating, there are ways to minimize your apprehension and ramp up your enjoyment. A little forethought and preparation will go a long way toward making your karaoke night a success.