How and Why to Sing Karaoke with Friends

Updated on April 27, 2018
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Using Karaoke for a Fun Party Experience
Using Karaoke for a Fun Party Experience | Source

If you enjoy singing and are thinking about getting together with friends to sing, this article will give you ideas.

Karaoke provides the lyrics on screen with the music and background singers. The lead singer on popular songs is removed on Karaoke music so that you can be the lead singer.

The background music provided with Karaoke can actually make you sound quite professional. It's almost as if you were singing in a band with the background accompaniment. You can also save your experience by recording yourself singing. This article will explore some of the most frequently asked questions about karaoke.

Frequently Asked Questions About Karaoke

  1. What if I have trouble remembering the lyrics?
  2. Should I Imitate a Favorite Singer?
  3. What Karaoke Equipment Do I Need for Personal Use?
  4. How Do I Record Myself Singing at Karaoke?
  5. Can I Find Karaoke Software for My Computer?
  6. How Can I Enjoy a Private Karaoke Party with Close Friends?

I have a group of friends who all enjoy singing. We sing at our own private house parties as well at karaoke bars.

Karaoke makes it easy even if you can't remember lyrics, because they appear on a screen in front of you. When I did this with friends, I found that the musical energy really made us feel good about ourselves.

1. What if I Have Trouble Remembering the Lyrics?

I think that singing is important for us as human beings. It can boost our ego, help release stress, and make us feel better.

When you sing for your own satisfaction you don't need to be concerned about perfection. 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.

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

No matter if you have trouble remembering lyrics, or the melody, the problem is solved since you have the advantage of both supporting you while you're singing. In addition, the background music soundtrack helps you stay on key.

2. Should I Imitate a Favorite Singer?

It's fun to imitate professional singers who you like. Even if your not a great singer yourself, following certain singers is an enjoyable experience.

I found that there were certain singers I could imitate well. The reason why we can do better singing like one particular type of person is due to our own type of voice. It may also have something to do with how our brain is wired, but that's not so important. Some people just make up their own way of singing popular songs, and that's okay too.

3. What Karaoke Equipment Do I Need for Personal Use?

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

I eventually purchased a Karaoke Player and a bunch of Karaoke CD’s so that we can have our own singing parties at home. Players range in price from $29 to hundreds, depending on what quality and features you want. I suggest you make a trip to a local electronics store, such as Best Buy, where you can see the options available and ask questions.

I wanted one that has professional features, so I bought the VocoPro DVX890K Karaoke Player, but you can find many to choose from.

My Karaoke Collection
My Karaoke Collection | Source


The Karaoke CDs are known as CD+G, they include the lyrics for on-screen display in sync with the music. These special CDs only play on CD+G players, so you need a Karaoke machine to play them.

You can find many CD+G CDs of almost any song on Amazon. They usually contain the background music without the lead singer. Some CDs have the lead singer on one track and the music on the other. You can decide if you want to hear the lead singer or not 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, without following the lead singer, is just as much fun.

4. How Do I Record Myself Singing at Karaoke?

Saving recordings of yourself singing that you can listen to later in life is a nice 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 actually 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 actually notice the error when they listen to their own recording. You can tell if you are off key when you listen to it later.

If you want to have a good quality recording, go to a local electronics store and ask to see microphones that connect to your computer that 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. It can be set to record WAV or MP3 files. The recordings can then be transferred to your computer via a USB port.

5. Can I Find Karaoke Software for My Computer?

Karaoke software is also available that you can install on your computer. Many are free. They are just like any Karaoke player. You can see the lyrics on the computer's screen as the music plays. Most of these programs play MIDI Karaoke files that can be purchased or downloaded free with a search as well.

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

Below is a list of Karaoke software I found online. The two that I use are the VanBasco’s Karaoke Player and KaraFun, so I included them at the top of the list. You can find them with a Google search of the name.

List of Karaoke Software

Product
Platform
Cost
 
 
 
KaraFun
Windows and Mac
Free
VanBasco’s Karaoke Player
Windows
Free
PCDJ Karaoke
Windows
$99
PCSongster
Windows
Free
kJams Lite
Mac
$40
kJams Pro
Mac
$110
iStar
Mac
Free
Sing-Magic
Windows
Free
SingOutStrong Karaoke Player
Windows
Free
Walaoke
Windows
Free
Free Midi Karaoke Player
Windows
Free
KaraokeKanta
Windows
Free
MIDI KaraokePlayer
Windows
Free
Karaoke 5
Windows
Free
Just Sing
Windows
Free
ARIA Karaoke PRO
Windows
Free
KaraokeMedia Home
Windows
Free
TunePrompter
Windows
Free
MP3 Karaoke
Windows
Free

6. How Can I Enjoy a Private Karaoke Party with Close Friends?

If you would like to share your singing with friends, then just make a small private Karaoke party in your own home. It's a great way to have a social get-together.

All you need is a Karaoke player such as the one I use that I mentioned earlier. Hook it up to your TV. Get some CD+G Karaoke CDs. There are even super pack sets with hundreds of Karaoke songs in various categories. I've accumulated a library of songs by buying sets like that.

Get a few friends together who also like to sing, enjoy the event, and save the memories with great recordings.

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