- Choose a song that fits your voice
Wow, easy to say – harder to decide, right? Here’s what you need to know about the song you are choosing:
- How high does the song go?
Can you reach all the notes comfortably? This may be a natural skill that you’ve developed (or trained for) but maybe not. Don’t beat yourself up about it!
If your range isn’t that big, don’t choose a Mariah Carey or Christina Aguilera song! Instead – Find a song that works for your voice now. (then call me to schedule a free assessment 🙂
- Is it in the right key? Everyone’s voice is unique – you don’t have to sing the song in the original key. Try it lower or higher. Follow these instructions from your computer to play around with a song in different keys (no music reading ability needed):
Step 1: Go to YouTube and find any karaoke version of the song.
Step 2: Open a new tab and type in www.youtube-mp3.org
Step 3: Cut and paste the url from your video, convert it to an mp3 file, and download it to your desktop or somewhere you can find it again.
Step 4: download the free demo version of Rubber band Audio: http://rubberbandaudio.com/
Step 5: Open your mp3 file in Rubber band Audio and lower it 1 step.
A) Try singing in the lower key and see how it feels. Continue to play around with raising and lowering the pitches until you figure out the most comfortable version. Be sure and save this version of the song because you will need to use it for practicing! Lastly, keep track of how many steps up or down you adjusted the song.
B) Voila! You have a song that works for you, in the right key. Don’t worry about knowing exactly which key it’s in. The KJ (person running the board) has the ability to raise or lower the pitch. You just need to let them know how many steps up or down.
We’re finally ready for the next step preparing your song for Karaoke 🙂
2) Memorize your song
Yes, you can read the words on the screen, but memorizing the song in advance has so many benefits!
a) It will force you to become very familiar with the song – knowledge is power.
b) With the words securely planted your brain, you can think of other things – like inhaling before you sing a longer line, and maybe un-tensing those shoulders!
- You’ll be able to play with the audience more – looking out at them, instead of the screen, having fun with the story or putting your heart and soul into it if your song is sad.
- Practice singing to overcome Stage Fright
A while ago, I created a Facebook survey to ask friends what their biggest singing worry was. The answer: Stage Fright!
What causes stage fright? Fear of the unknown. What’s going to happen when I open my mouth? How are people going to react when I sing? Is the earth going to open under my feet and suck me in?
And here is my answer to that concern: there are only 2 ways to overcome stage fright –
The more you practice your song, the more you’ll know about how to sing it. Be so familiar with your song – memorized – that you could sing it in your sleep. It’s very comforting to really have that down because there will be no surprises.
Secondly, getting up and doing it will show you that you can survive the experience. The more often you do it, the more you’ll know what to expect. Play around, be willing to fail, but keep doing it. You’ll learn from watching others, and noticing what you did right or wrong the last time and making changes the next time.
- Coming Soon – my Karaoke experience with Bob Moles
I’m heading out with my friend Bob Moles – an avid Karaoke singer who is great fun performing – to create a video and try out my specialty Karaoke song. I’ll post a link as soon. In the meantime, watch this interview with Isaac “The Voice” Barham. He’s a Karaoke champion!