Okay so judging by the title of this article, you probably think that we’re going a little over our heads, right? Well before we begin showing you the ropes on singing karaoke the TVS way, we just want to mention that there’s NOTHING wrong with applying to real-life what you learned in a (semi) academic setting. If anyone calls you a music geek for doing so, be proud!
As a fellow vocal athlete, it’s important that you maintain your physical and mental vocal health. So whether you’re looking to impress your friends at a local venue or become the next Youtube singing sensation, here are 7 tips on how to sing karaoke the TVS way for beginners.
1. Learn to Bridge and Connect Your Inner Singing Muscles
For those of you who don’t understand what that means, to “bridge and connect your inner singing muscles” means that you should train or sing from the chest voice, through the vocal break, to the head voice with a seamless audible and physical experience.
As you learn how to sing, it’s important that you are able to sing with ease and confidence without straining your own voice during the process.
Believe it or not, all muscles are connected to other parts of the body in some way or one another. Without being able to understand how exactly the vocal folds work and connect to the rest of your body, it would be very hard to produce the sounds that you want your voice to make.
2. “Visualize the Notes” As You’re Practicing
To be fair, this piece of advice may not work for everybody. However, if you want to learn how to become a better singer, it’s NOT enough to be able to passively listen to your favorite artists and “imitate” them.
For better or worse, humans are susceptible to their own interpretations. While listening to your favorite artist, you may have a different idea as to how the song should sound without even knowing. This isn’t always a bad thing, by the way.
Not to mention that as you get older, your voice will change so it’s important that you be able to understand how your voice works beforehand.
Here at The Vocalist Studio, we utilize a system of sound colors in order to help singers understand how certain notes progress and change throughout the song. If that’s something that you find helpful, go for it! Otherwise, you can create your own sound system however you want to.
3. Study Your Vocal Types WITHOUT Conforming to Them!
As we mentioned in a previous article, learning about vocal types is a great starting point if you want to learn how to become a singer. However, unless you’re set on becoming an opera singer, you should NOT let this be the only determining factor.
Your voice will change depending on how well you take care of it, what kinds of languages you learn, and your day to day environment. For this, if you ever come across a vocal type personality quiz or study on the internet or encounter someone who follows the vocal fach system to a T, take those with a grain of salt and try not to let what they say affect your singing.
4. Memorize And Understand Your Favorite Karaoke Songs!
Understandably, this piece of advice sounds a little counterintuitive. However, trust us when we say that you’d be better off memorizing and understanding the lyrics of your favorite song.
Contrary to popular belief, the words on the screen AREN’T for you to sing word-for-word. They’re there for your audience to help THEM understand the meaning of the song itself. Your voice and your performance meanwhile are there to add interpretation to the words.
If you can, take some time to practice some dance moves that you think are appropriate for your chosen song. You’ll get a LOT more cheers from the audience that way!
Plus, depending on who the host is and what’s available at the venue, sometimes, the lyrics don’t always line up with the actual beat and melody of the original song. If that happens, you’re better off making the song your own.
5. Beware of Articles and Videos that include the Keyword, “Easy Karaoke Songs”
For some people, this piece of advice seems like common sense. After all, if you want to put on the best karaoke performance of your life, it’s important to sing songs that you know that you can add your own spin to. However, for those of you who don’t, now you know.
Regardless as to whether you’re a beginner or a more advanced singer, no song is truly easy or hard to sing. It’s how you interpret it what determines its difficulty.
While it is true that some songs may require more “advanced techniques” and perseverance like My Chemical Romance’s I’m Not Okay( I Promise), overall, if you come across articles that have the keyword, “easy karaoke songs,” take it with a grain of salt and don’t believe it word-for-word. Most of the time, those articles are lists of the most “popular karaoke songs” in America since their publication.
By the way, if you want to learn how to take your rock and metal singing to the next level, here’s a quick video on, How to Inhale Screamo Distortion.
6. Know Your Venue, Audience, and Equipment (if you can)!
Not everyone has the time in order to put on a great karaoke performance or the luxury to bring their own equipment. However, if you do, then it doesn’t hurt to do a little research on the venue and the types of songs that people sing at those places. If you can, ask the host of the event what kind of equipment he or she uses. You never know as to where the conversation may lead to.
Singing karaoke in public places is a great way to get a feel for what performing on stage in front of an audience is. Even if you pick “the wrong song” by mistake, at least you’ll have a better understanding as to what kind of music your target audience likes. Whatever you do, keep on going and make the most out of the situation. Your audience will love you for it!
By the way, if you want to learn more about microphones in general, check out this article on the top 5 famous studio microphones.
7. If All Else Fails, Sing with a Buddy And Have Fun!
By the end of the day, singing karaoke should be about having fun with the people you care about and learning from the experience as you go. If your performance doesn’t go well, don’t worry! There will always be other chances to sing in public.
Plus, singing karaoke with a buddy makes the experience more worthwhile. Even if your dream is to become a solo artist, there’s nothing like getting feedback from the people who want you to grow as a person and as a singer.
Obviously, there is more to the art of singing karaoke than what’s written on here. Hopefully though, by following these seven tips:
- Learn to Bridge and Connect Your Inner Musical Muscles
- Visualize the Notes You Are Singing As You’re Practicing Karaoke
- Study Your Vocal Types WITHOUT Conforming to Them
- Memorize And Understand Your Favorite Karaoke Songs!
- Beware of Articles and Videos that include the Keyword, “Easy Karaoke Songs”
- Know Your Venue, Audience, and Equipment (if you can)
- If All Else Fails, Sing with a Buddy And Have Fun!
You should be able to build a solid foundation right before you start singing karaoke with your friends!
Now tell us, which of our tips do you find the most helpful? Are there any others that we should include on our list? Let us know in the comments below!
Also, if you want to take your current vocal skills and talents to the next level, be sure to either pick up a copy of Robert Lunte’s THE FOUR PILLARS OF SINGING or follow the Vocalist Studio on Facebook and Youtube.
In the meantime, as a special thanks for reading through this entire article, here’s one of The Vocalist Studio’s Udemy students singing a cover of Mariah Carey’s “Hero.”