Glenn Stok explores exceptional and noteworthy activities, and writes about it so you can experience it too.
Singing Karaoke with friends can be part of a pleasant party experience. You can even record everyone singing to have memories of the event. Make it most enjoyable with the following ideas.
You Don't Need a Trained Voice
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!
I Can't Remember the Words to This Song
If you enjoy singing but can't remembering the words to a song, Karaoke solves that problem. Karaoke CDs include the lyrics, so the words appear on the screen in sync with the music and background singers.
I never had a problem remembering the melody of songs, but for some reason, I don't always recall the lyrics that well. Having the words on the screen gives me the ability to sing my heart out.
Imitate Your Favorite Famous Singer
I found that there were certain singers I can imitate well. Some people make up their own way of singing popular songs, and that's okay too.
We sing better by imitating one type of person over another based on our specific voice. It may also have something to do with how our brain is wired.
In any case, it's fun to imitate your favorite famous singers. Even if you're not a great singer yourself, copying the style of popular singers is an enjoyable experience.
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 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 with some professional features, so I bought the VocoPro DVX890K Karaoke Player. However, I suggest you review various machines at a local electronics store to get to know the features available.
Assemble Your 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 unique way is just as much fun.
Record Yourself Singing
Saving recordings of yourself singing that you can listen to later in life is an excellent way to enjoy the memories.
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 about what people think.
You can also benefit by listening to your 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 a recording of their singing. I notice 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 create 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 MIDI formatted files that contain the text of the lyrics in sync with the music.
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.
Karaoke software can be purchased online, and some are free to downloaded. Just be careful not to download malware. Do your research on any you find before you download.
The two that I use are "VanBasco’s Karaoke Player" and "KaraFun." You can find these, and the MIDI files to go with them, with a Google search. They are both free and have versions for Windows and Mac.
It's Your Turn to Enjoy a Karaoke Party With Friends
When I sing with friends, I find that musical energy 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