Rose Tips on Singing|
Singing Do's and Don'ts
- Warm up before singing.
- Drink lots of water every day.
- Smile when singing to raise the cheekbones.
- Get enough sleep.
- Exercise regularly and stay in shape.
- Breathe properly for singing.
- Mind your posture and practice proper stance.
- Allow yourself creative expression and freedom.
- Practice regularly and productively.
This is an excerpt from
Rose's Tips on Singing.
- Abuse your voice by talking too often, too loudly, incorrectly or screaming.
- Drink or eat dairy products prior to singing.
- Allow your vocal cords to become dehydrated or dry.
- Clear your throat a lot or cough continually.
- Sing if it hurts.
- Sing higher or lower than you are comfortable singing.
- Sing over a cold or vocal ailment (strep throat, laryngitis, etc.)
- Be afraid to sing loudly and proudly.
- Sing without properly warming up.
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What you do when you're singing your song
is probably more important than how well you sing. We've
all seen people who sang well, but just stood looking at
the monitor. We've also seen people who don't sing well,
perhaps even put the words in the wrong place, that were
fun to watch. Those who sing and perform well, can
captivate even those who claim to not like karaoke!
Sitting down while you're performing is okay -
if you're playing a guitar or piano, or singing Kumbaya
around a campfire! It's boring for the audience. If that
isn't enough, sitting compresses the gut and chest so
you can't hit your full range. Unless there's a reason
why you must sit, stand up.
While you're up, do something besides just stand
there. After all, Elvis didn't just stand still when
he sang his songs, and neither does Pink! Um, using that
logic, I guess it's okay to stand still if you're
impersonating Roy Orbison, but bring the glasses!
Don't read the words! Sing the song! There's
times when I wonder if a singer has even heard the song
he or she selected. There's times I know they have heard
the song, and are just reading the words. The best advice
is to learn the words to the songs you select regularly
so you don't even have to look at the monitor.
Controlling the mic is another area many singers
can improve their performances. It may look cool to hold
a mic with your hand cupped around the top, but you're
changing how well the mic will work and increasing the
likelihood of feedback. In addition, you should move the
mic closer to your mouth during soft parts of a song, and
further from your mouth during the parts when the voice
increases in volume. If you listen closely to the music
you like, you hear the change of emotion in the voice of
your favorite artist between the "soft" and
"hard" parts of the song, and not a decline
or rise in how loud the words are in comparison to the
What it comes down to is just have some fun, and
cut loose a bit. You'll get a better audience response,
and everyone will have more fun!
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We don't want to pretend to be the Miss
Manners of karaoke shows, so we'll stop short of telling
you how you ought to behave. Still, we couldn't let the
opportunity pass to tell you some of the things we see
that you should give some thought to, whether you're in
the audience, or you're singing.
The audience is important to the purpose of
karaoke. The bigger the audience, the better it is for
the establishment. However, that doesn't mean that the
host can please everyone in the audience. Most hosts are
conscientious, and will turn the volume up or down if
asked. There are those people, however, who wouldn't
mind it if it were background music. Karaoke is live
music. Only recorded music can be played at a lower
volume than the voice. That doesn't mean, though, that
the host should play the music at the volume you prefer.
If you honestly cannot stand karaoke, I can only suggest
that you not go where it is. If you go, then I suggest
you enjoy it as best as you can!
Hosts have some control over the singers' voices,
but there are just those people who like to sing who
just don't sing, or do a particular song, very well.
Unless the establishment has a restriction on who is
allowed to sing, it's the karaoke host's job to let
everybody participate. We like it when the audience
applauds the singers. We don't really care if you're
applauding because you're glad the song is over, though!
Singers can be far more of a pain than any
audience ever thought of being. Most hosts provide books,
slips, and pens or pencils. They do this so you
can look up the song, and you can write it down.
Most hosts don't have a problem with helping someone
remember the name or artist of a song, but you're asking
for a lot to have the host remember to put you into the
rotation if you simply tell them you want to do a song.
On busy nights, they are organizing rotations, cueing up
songs, and adjusting music and mics. Not writing down
your song is the absolute number one way to get passed
over in the rotation.
More disturbing than the people who don't want to look
up and write down their own songs, are the people who
have to be told five times between turns when their next
turn will be. If you've seen singers doing two songs since
your last one, it's okay to ask the host if she or he has
a slip from you. If so, it will be your turn immediately
after your name is called; now go sit down.
Perhaps more annoying than either of those, is when
someone grabs a mic during someone else's song to join
in. If you want to sing with someone, ask before they
start their song. We will simply turn the mic off, and
ask you to not do that again, unless the singer gives us a
definite sign of approval.
While those actions are bothersome, people who
mistreat the equipment can be both costly and dangerous.
It's likely that the mic cost somebody upwards of $100.
Cords have limited reaches, and the solder connections
can break rather easily. If you notice that the host
looks upset if you drop or pull the cord on hers or his
mic, it's probably that your negligence could cost her
or him a day's wages. And don't ever try to pull a Roger
Daltrey! If the mic comes off the cord mid swing, it's
a dangerous projectile! At our shows, you won't touch
the mics after doing it once!
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Hosting tips?! Okay, we won't
tell you how to run shows "properly," but we've
seen some hosts ruin their shows, even lose gigs, over
their attitudes and behavior! None of us want to look at
ourselves as a problem. However, if people aren't
having fun at your gigs, or you can't seem to hold one,
it's probably you.
Hosts are entertainers. If you don't regard the job
as that, why would the establishment hire you, or the
audience want to stick around? You, not the audience,
needs to adapt. If you like rock and roll, but the
audience likes country, you need to pretend, at
least, that you're a country person, and entertain them.
It should be reflected in the songs you select for
yourself. It also will diminish your shows if you treat
a country club crowd to biker humor, or vice versa!
Most people go to karaoke shows so they can
sing. If there's a long rotation, you may want to limit
your singing to requests. If there's a short rotation,
you either need to carry the show, or keep the
small audience entertained. Remember that those who show
up deserve the best you have. They should not suffer
because you're upset with all of the people who
aren't showing up!
Finally, the best way to ruin your gig is to lose
sight of the fact that the audience are customers and
not a big group of new friends. There's a significant
difference between being friendly and being friends.
The audience should see you as a nice person who
has a lot of fun. That will result in a lot of invites,
but we suggest caution in accepting them. The best way
to have your private business known at work is to tell
people about your problems. The absolute worst thing a
host can do is to 'pick up' dates from the audience. If
you've never seen a host being heckled by their
"notches," you have indeed missed a spectacle!
Another consequence is that the person you picked up
becomes jealous toward other customers knowing how he or
she "landed" you. Neither will enhance your
image with the audience or the establishment. It's okay
if you're just looking to get laid, but it will ultimately
cost you customers and gigs.
Karaoke is supposed to be fun for the customers, and
is supposed to "add value" for the establishment.
If those things aren't happening, it's most likely
about you, and not them.
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