Karaoke: How To Prepare For And Enjoy This Activity

A large number of individuals will sing or at least watch someone else sing karaoke at some point. While the popularity of karaoke ebbs and flows depending on other factors, it remains a popular pastime for many. Even if you don’t want to or cannot make it to the bar regularly for karaoke, a karaoke contest may be an ideal way to maximize your enjoyment of listening to people sing karaoke.

In past years I sang karaoke at least once a month. Not surprisingly, after spending numerous evenings singing and listening to karaoke, I learned a thing or two about how to best approach this activity. Knowing a few hints–such as looking at a song’s lyrics at home before singing the song at karaoke–helped increase my enjoyment of this pastime greatly.

The first is to realize that you are not expected to sound like a famous singer when you perform. Most audiences listening to karaoke are forgiving and encouraging, and this atmosphere makes it easier to attempt new and challenging song choices.

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Never Heard Classical Music till I Played and Instrument

In my house there was no interest in classical music, but things were not so dark there were two records of my father one Yma Sumac whose husband Mosies Vivanco composed the orchestra settings for her., there was another one Michel Legrand and I would listen to it often before I went to sleep. I got into playing music in Los Angeles California and I wanted to play sax but there was none to speak of for rent, so I settled for clarinet.

When I came back here to south Florida I played bass and alto clarinet in an orchestra that played classical music, not a marching band. I got very interested in classical so naturally was taken by the violin family of instruments, and it was natural in that school, thank goodness that one could be a cellist and a bassoon player. There was a girl who played tenor saxophone and flugelhorn and cello and guitar, even piano! There was nobody that could afford a cello but the school had all the strings and oboe wasn’t popular so there were two available, no sax of course. It so happens that I bought a violin and sax a year apart in my senior year before leaving to college.

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New Order’s – One of the Best Records that Exists.

I grew up on the outskirts of Manchester but never really understood that New Order were from there, or why that was important, until much later. New Order came to me shorn of all context beyond being the music on a c90 cassette tape given to me by my parents when I was seven or eight years old. A copy of Substance that they had got from a friend who had bought the vinyl.

I listened to this tape day after day. Learnt every song by heart. When I was eleven, the first thing I did when I was lucky enough to borrow a Korg M1 synthesiser for the first time was teach myself how to use the built-in sequencer by programming my own interpretations of Blue Monday over and over again. Later, when I was able to use the little drum machine my school’s music department had during lunch breaks, I did the same thing with that. By the time I was fifteen and got my first midi interface working with an amiga computer I graduated to instrumental True Faith covers instead. Or sometimes Shellshock. I could probably write an essay about the way those synth strings are stereo panned note by note during the opening minute of Shellshock. And the intermittent ticking percussion. And how there are two more orchestra hits than you’d expect when it sounds like a stuck record towards the end of the intro to throw you off the rhythm. Was that deliberate? Did they just not hit the button on the sequencer at the right moment? And who was panning those strings!? Was it done by midi or by hand? These are questions that bug me to this day.

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