still remember when I first starting singing Karaoke a couple
of years ago.
then, it took me a long time to find a song I thought I could
do, and when I got up on stage, my timing was off, I was off-key,
or unfamiliar verses would suddenly appear on the screen. In
short, I was terrible! Sometimes Id be so nervous that
my hand would start trembling as I held the microphone. Every
other singer seemed to so relaxed and comfortable with their
why wasnt I?. I thought I just wasnt
"born with it."
of giving up on Karaoke all together, I practiced one or two
songs over and over again in private until I was ready for the
stage. And, wouldnt you know it, people actually clapped
and sometimes praised my performance in private later on. Well,
that certainly was an ego-booster. So, my plan was to go from
one Karaoke place to another, performing the same few songs,
hoping no one would catch on that I had such a limited selection.
Not like anyone said anything directly, but sometimes I would
give the KJ a new number, and theyd look surprised and
say "Oh, whats this? Ive never seen this one
before." Now, two years later, I am glad to say that I
have performed over 160 songs.
some advice on how to find new songs for yourself.
my best songs I discovered by "accident." Meaning,
someone coaxed me into singing it just because they wanted to
hear the song, or I was forced into a duet against my will.
Of course, some of these songs came out just plain awful, but
other times someone might come up to me and say "Hey, that
was pretty good!"
If you can
perform a song well, see if they have any more by the same artist.
With a little practice, its relatively easy to do most
of the that artists other songs. Many times the Karaoke
version of the song is available, but the Karaoke place youre
singing at doesnt have it. Consider purchasing the disc
for yourself. Its always handy to have with you wherever
a Karaoke song selection book and write down all the songs you
want to sing. Then, practice in private. Or, wait until the
audience dies down. If you want to try a song, but are afraid
youll really make a fool of yourself, drag someone up
there with you to share in the embarrassment. Sometimes Ill
do a "good" song first to develop rapport with the
audience, then Ill try some experimental songs. Other
times I might warn the audience ahead of time, "OK. This
ones a first." This way, if you mess up, everyone
can laugh about it. Sometimes the song may be too high, and
sure enough, when I get up there Im hoping I could pull
it off, but I end up distorting my face and cracking my voice.
And, Im only on the first verse! You know its going
to be the longest three minutes of your life.
to other singers. If you have a similar vocal range as them,
try signing the song yourself sometime. Of course, its
polite to do it when theyre not around. Otherwise, they
may get the impression that youre trying to steal "their
song." I developed a little rule of thumb for myself: if
I hear someone do a song better than I, I wont sing it
I visit a friends house, Im quick to be rummaging
through their CD and tape collection looking for different songs
to practice. Listening to wide variety of radio stations for
new song ideas. I even researched past billboard top 100 lists
to get ideas. One friend of mine actually goes to CD listening
bars (or music stores where you can preview CDs for free)
to hear how the song he wants to perform goes. Now, thats
with the kind permission of
Richard Baisner a.k.a.