Fun Ways to Have a Karaoke Party With Friends

Updated on August 5, 2019
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I like to explore peculiar and noteworthy activities, and I write about them in a way that you can experience it too.

Singing Karaoke with friends can be an enjoyable party experience. You can even record yourself singing to have memories of your talent. Make it most enjoyment with the following ideas.

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You Don't Need to Be a Professional Singer

Professional singers know how to control their voice, have perfect pitch, harmonize, and stay on key. That's not important when you're doing it just for fun. When you sing for your satisfaction, you don't need to be concerned about perfection. All Karaoke enthusiasts know that, so you can feel right at home.

What if you’re not good at remembering the melody? That problem is solved because you have the background music to help you stay in sync and on key while you're singing.

The background music can make you sound like a professional singer. It's almost as if you were singing in a band with background accompaniment. What an ego booster!

Don't Worry About Forgetting Lyrics

I have no problem remembering the melody of songs, but for some reason, I don't always remember the lyrics that well. Having the words on the screen solves that problem for me.

If you enjoy singing, but have trouble remembering lyrics, Karaoke is the solution. You see the lyrics on screen in sync with the music and background singers.

Imitate Your Favorite Singer

It's fun to imitate your favorite professional singers. Even if you're not a great singer yourself, copying the style of specific singers is an enjoyable experience.

The reason why we sing better imitating one type of person over another is due to our kind of voice. It may also have something to do with how our brain is wired, but that's not so important.

I found that there were some singers I could imitate well. Some people just make up their own way of singing popular songs, and that's okay too.

What Equipment Do You Need?

I was motivated to join some friends at singing gatherings because we all supported one another with the idea. However, many of us felt more comfortable singing just among our small group of friends, so we had private singing parties in our homes.

I purchased a Karaoke Player for this purpose, and a bunch of CDs that include the lyrics and with the lead singer removed. You can find low-cost players under $50. Professional units run much higher, depending on quality and features.

I suggest you go to a local electronics store, such as Best Buy, where you can see the options available and ask questions.

I wanted one well under $200 that has some professional features, so I bought the VocoPro DVX890K Karaoke Player, but I suggest reviewing various machines at a local electronics store to get to know the features available.

Collect Your Own Karaoke CD Library

The CDs for Karaoke are known as CD+G. They include the lyrics for an on-screen display that is in sync with the music. The audio of the lead singer is removed so that you take their place. These CDs only play on CD+G players such as the one I mentioned above that I use.

You can find many CD+G CDs of almost any popular song on Amazon. Multi-CD sets with hundreds of songs in various categories are also available. I've accumulated a vast library of songs by buying sets like that.

Some CDs have the lead singer on one track and the music on the other, so you can hear both or just the music by playing the appropriate track.

Beginners sometimes like to use the singer's voice as a guide, but I find it may make it more difficult. Singing your own way is just as much fun.

My Karaoke Collection
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Record Yourself Singing

Saving recordings of yourself singing that you can listen to later in life is an excellent way to enjoy memories later on.

If singing is your hidden secret, that’s no problem. No one has to know. You can make recordings of this on your own, so you don’t need to worry what people think.

You can benefit by listening to your own recording and noticing where you need improvement. Some people are tone-deaf. However, that is true only while singing. I think some tone-deaf people can see the error when they hear their own recording. I'm aware that I can tell if I was off-key when I listen to myself singing later.

If you want to have a decent quality recording, go to a local electronics store and ask to see microphones that connect to your computer and give you a studio-quality sound.

You might also want to consider using a stand-alone microphone that records directly into a flash memory card. I use the Zoom H2n. It has four built-in mics for stereo and 360° recording and can be set to record WAV or MP3 files. You can transfer the files to your computer via a USB port.

Find Karaoke Software for Your Computer

Instead of buying CDs, you can download and play Karaoke on your computer with Karaoke software. They work just like any karaoke player. You see the lyrics on your computer's screen as the music plays.

These programs use special MIDI files that contain the text of the lyrics in sync with the music. They can be purchased online or even downloaded free.

While playing a song and watching the words on the screen, you can also run a recorder application to capture your singing into a WAV file. The background music will be included in the recording with your voice if you have the speakers positioned near your microphone.

Below is a list of software I found online. The two that I use are VanBasco’s Karaoke Player and KaraFun, so I included them at the top of the list. You can find this software, as well as the MIDI files to go with it, with a Google search.

Karaoke Software

Product
Platform
Cost
 
 
 
KaraFun
Windows and Mac
Free
VanBasco’s Karaoke Player
Windows and Mac
Free
kJams Lite
Mac
$40
kJams Pro
Mac
$110
iStar
Mac
Free
PCDJ Karaoke
Windows
$99
PCSongster
Windows
Free
Sing-Magic
Windows
Free
SingOutStrong
Windows
Free
Walaoke
Windows
Free
MIDI Karaoke Player
Windows
Free
ARIA Karaoke PRO
Windows
Free
KaraokeMedia Home
Windows
Free
TunePrompter
Windows
Free
MP3 Karaoke
Windows
Free

Enjoy a Private Singing Party with Friends

When I sing with friends, I find that the musical energy really makes us feel good about ourselves. It's a great way to have a social get-together.

So, go out and look for a Karaoke player of your own. Hook it up to your TV. Get some Karaoke CDs. Get a few friends together who like to sing. Enjoy the event, and save the memories with great recordings.

© 2009 Glenn Stok

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