More to Karaoke Than Singing!
by Jim Kerins - source
review a typical karaoke singer's first few times onstage.
the novice will pick a fun song like Love Shack. With spirits
high (from the ample spirits in their belly), they usually do
a mediocre job of singing. Because it's new and fun (karaoke
is supposed to be fun for everyone, on stage and off) they subsidize
their singing by acting silly, dancing around and making light
of themselves when they can't quite hit a note. The effect this
has on the audience and their friends is that almost everyone
is either entertained by the spectacle, glad that they're doing
a fun song which keeps the mood of the room up, or people are
actually up dancing. Regardless, the important point is that
it gets the audience involved in the show.
contrast this with an experienced karaoke singer. Typically,
what I observe as someone becomes addicted to public performing
is that they become overly focused on vocal technique and the
execution of a song to the detriment of any kind of stage presence
and stage personality. For the average club patron (not someone
whos there to listen to the karaoke singers), this makes
for a rather dull night full of singers who sing way too many
slow songs and who barely move a muscle while on stage. If you
feel you fall into this category, here are a few suggestions
to improve your performance and make you the singer that people
prefer to see.
Becoming a better performer is as easy as closely watching your
personal favorite professional singers. After someone catches
an act in concert they don't say they heard them
say they SAW them. Seeing a performer or band is far more powerful
them listening to them on your stereo. I am insatiably curious
as to why some people reach stardom and others never make it
out of the clubs. Much studying and viewing of VH 1 specials
on top performers reveals a recurrent theme that successful
entertainers have a natural or learned ability to captivate
an audience. When the representative of a record company first
saw Bette Midler performing her outrageous bath house show in
a small gay club, she was immediately signed to a record contract.
Not because she was the best singer he ever heard, but because
she totally and completely captured the audience with her amazing,
On a purely
vocal level, would you say that Garth Brooks has the most spectacular
voice in country music? I think you could name many other country
singers with greater vocal quality and range. Yet ask any country
music fan who has seen Garth live and theyll tell you
his show is amazing. Did he reinvent the wheel, no! He decided
that what the new country music fan wanted was a concert charged
with incredible energy
a performance that demands the
audience become involved and leaves them with a memorable experience
of having been to something spectacular. By realizing that there
is much more to being a singer than just singing, he remains
the No. 1 draw in country music.
and Elton John are arguably two of the best singer-songwriters
of the modern era. When they toured together awhile back, you
could have closed your eyes and thoroughly enjoyed a three-hour
concert packed with great music. However, you would have missed
seeing Joel dancing around on top of his grand piano and John
furiously pounding out his greatest hits on the keys.
while in Las Vegas, I was directed by the locals that the hottest
ticket in town was the Danny Ganz show. Tickets were one hundred
dollars a piece and I was curious as to why people where paying
that much to see someone who has had no hit records and is not
a top television or movie star. So why is the show the best
thing in Vegas? With my wallet a "C" note lighter
and two free drinks in hand, the curtain opened to a very small
(by Vegas standards) four piece band and Danny dressed in black.
What I heard and saw was a man who could flawlessly impersonate
almost any singer as he sang portions of over 100 songs. Along
with his incredible vocal talent, he mimicked and characterized
the mannerisms of every singer he was impersonating. The audience
went wild when he transformed into Elvis or Michael Jackson.
He even managed to pull off the Julio Eglacias/Willie Nelson
song "To All the Girls I've loved Before." Most transformations
were done with props as simple as a hat. Danny Ganz is No. 1
in Las Vegas because he understands that there's much more to
singing than just being a great singer.
this help you?
Before you take the stage to sing your next karaoke song, think
not only about the songs you do best, but what you can do to
turn your time on stage into a memorable performance. Ask yourself:
"how would the original performer do this song onstage
in front of an audience?" Remember, karaoke can be much
more than just singing in front of people. You'll get louder
applause and much more satisfaction when you begin to improve
your onstage techniques, body language and ability to communicate
with the crowd in other ways.
If you have
a video camera at home, video tape yourself singing and sit
down and critically review your performance, do you look like
you are having fun? Is this something you would want to watch?
What can you do to improve your stage personality? Finally,
think about the popular favorite performers at a recent karaoke
show and try to put your own spin on what they do best. Remember,
just as you have to forget about your inhibitions to be a singer,
loosen up a little more and strive to be a better performer.
This will ensure that you and your audience have a lot more
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