We live in a world right now where there isn’t really a lot that people can get out and do. Stores, bars, restaurants and most businesses are closing early or staying closed all together. The key nowadays is to be safe and smart but also have a good time and enjoy as much of life as you can. One of my favorite things to do is something easy and fun: Karaoke. Karaoke is something you can do with friends and family and it’s very fun. Everyone sings in the shower right? We all have certain songs we love to sing and trust me once you get over the initial singing in front of people for the first time it gets a lot easier. I am going to give all of you 3 do’s and don’ts of karaoke and I guarantee if you follow these your karaoke experience will be great.
However, before we get to it – here’s what I do!
1.) Pick the Right Song
This should be obvious right? Pick a song your comfortable singing and know the words to. You might not have to know all of them but you definitely want pick a song your familiar with. No one wants to hear someone stutter and mumble through a song so make sure to choose your song carefully.
2.) Get a Feel of the Crowd
This is something I have screwed up on in the past and I don’t want the same thing to happen to you. If your hanging out with friends and family you can mess around and sing whatever but if you are out at a bar or a birthday party or some kind of event make sure you get a feel for the crowd. If its a crowd that’s fired up and upbeat and ready to party, sing a classic ballad. Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi, Stacy’s Mom by Fountains of Wayne, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen are examples of songs I call crowd pleasers. They are songs well known and will get the crowd to interact and sing with you. No one wants to hear My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion as they are out celebrating their 21st birthday so make sure to pay attention to your crowd and cater to it.
3.) Attempt to Move Around or Dance While Singing
Lets be honest about dancing. Dancing is all about confidence. If you go out there and shake it all around and look like you know what your doing people will most likely dance along with you. I can’t dance one bit but when I do I act like I know what I’m doing and people end up wanting to join in. This goes along with song choice as well. If you singing a slow song, you can do a slow grind or something just don’t be creepy about it. Upbeat songs shake what god gave you and have a good time doing it. Dancing also helps raise the excitement of the party. Now let’s get to those pesky dont’s.
1.) Drink Too Much
Do people drink to get that liquid courage to get up there and sing? Yes they do. Do you need to watch how much you take in before going on stage? Absolutely! No one wants you up there slurring, spitting and sounding like an absolute idiot. This is a real party killer move and you never want to be that person. Know your tolerance and don’t go overboard when doing karaoke. Your crowd will let you know if your past your limit and its never a fun experience to get booed.
2.) Don’t Drop the Mic
This is especially true nowadays. With COVID-19 everywhere you don’t want to be throwing your mic around and getting lord only knows what on it. But even in non-pandemic times this isn’t a good move. Everyone thinks it’s cool to do the mic drop after singing a song they feel they did well on. Unless you’re in the movie 8 Mile (and you’re not) I don’t recommend this. The DJ will get pissed because he paid good money for the mic and other potential singers will get mad because no one wants to put their mouth by something that’s been on ground. Be smart put your mic back on the stand and go back to your seat.
3.) Join Someone on Stage Without an Invite
This is the most irritating thing I’ve experienced while doing karaoke. DO NOT GO ON STAGE AND ATTEMPT TO SING WITH SOMEONE WITHOUT AN INVITE! I was singing Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” a few years back and this girl I didn’t know comes up and tries to sing along. I looked at her like she was nuts and told her to go sit down somewhere. When someone is singing their is no reason to go up there and interrupt their performance unless invited by them. Some people might not react very nicely either. Be smart, let people do their thing and just sit there and enjoy yourself.
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