• 5 Vocal Tips for Karaoke!

    1. Vocal Exercises

    Practice your karaoke songs with vocal exercises to develop your technique with the song. I suggest doing liprolls and trills many times with your songs to develop consistent vocal quality. And its also fun! If these are tricky for you, sing your songs with Koo's.

    2. Piano Recording

    Karaoke can be a challenge because the backing music does not have any melody(the notes the singer sings) in the track. This can be easily over-come by asking/hiring a piano player to play the melody notes of the song while the karaoke is playing. You can use this combined track to practice with and you will find a huge improvement in your ability to sing the song well!

    3. Connect to the Story

    Although it may seem obvious, many singers when asked don't actually know what their song is about. Look at your lyrics, read them out loud, and think about the story and the person who is singing it. Then try to relate to the story with personal experiences that may be similar in emotional nature. If you sing your song with more emotional investment, it will positively affect the quality of your performance!

    4. Warm up, Cool down

    Your voice is a part of your body and a fabulously coordinated instrument! If you take some time to warm up before you do karaoke, including singing your songs with tip 1, it will have a dramatic affect on your singing. Also, be sure to cool down your voice at the end of the session. I know very few people will think of doing this, but doing some gentle humming or liprolls will re-balance your voice for the next day and keep you healthy for more singing in the future!

    5. Hydrate During the Day

    Your voice is a mucous membrane that requires adequate hydration to function properly, ie: allow you to sing well. A singer needs to be drinking water all day in order to have adequate hydration for their cords and then continue to sip on water throughout performing to wet the back of the throat and maintain hydration. Remember that other types of drinks can be de-hydrating, so be sure to balance with equal intake of water to counter this!

     

    "I hate it when I'm singing a song and the artist gets the words wrong."

     

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    Author: Tammy Frederick


  • Connecting Yourself to the Story

    On some level, you can relate to the essence of any song. Understanding what your song is about is the first step to being able to express it; however, relating it to personal experience assists you in connecting to it and expressing it in an authentic way. By doing this you begin to breathe life, confidence, and emotion into the song. Start by thinking about the basic essence of your song as explored in the last blog post called Your Song's Story. Your song may be about love, hardship, loss, achievement, or desire. Now, think about a personal experience in your own life where you experienced a similar situation or emotion. Any personal experience, no matter how small, can offer you the feeling you want to duplicate. As you sing your song, imagine you are singing about your own experience. Use the lyrics of the song to pour your own story out into the world. This is an exercise to help you access deeper levels of expression with your song. The more connected you are to the story the more meaningfully you will be able to express it vocally and thus connect with your audience.

    self-ex·pres·sion

    noun

    the expression of one's feelings, thoughts, or ideas, especially in writing, art, music, or dance.

    Oxford Dictionary

     

    Author: Tammy Frederick

     



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