So here are the 10 Karaoke Commandments (by Alex Williams)
First know: failure at Karaoke is being totally ignored.
- Karaoke is not a singing contest
No text message voting, no record contracts, you won’t win any awards
- Leave it all on the stage
Don’t just stand there, get up and do some moves. Just perform, don’t have any regrets.
- Use a fake name
Create a persona, it’s not you, it’s that other person
- No groups – 2 people at most
There are only 2 microphones so if you’re not holding a microphone, you’re irrelevant and get off the stage
- Know your range
Know what type of voice you have, if you can’t sing Don’t Stop Believing, stop believing you can sing it. Sweet Home Alabama is a great song to sing, not too high not too low. Don’t be a hero.
- Pick a song you would play at a party
The party test: A song you’d play at a packed party, if you wouldn’t do that, don’t do it in karaoke. Do not pick the Beatles because you’ll never sound as good or better than them.
- Know the verses of the song
If you don’t know the verses of a rap song, don’t do it.
- Musical measures are the enemy
A long guitar solo is a long you solo
- Karaoke DJ is The Soup Nazi
Hand them your slip, a tip and walk away (they’ll never be your friend)
- Adapt to your Audience
Pick something the audience would like, not just something you want to sing.
Most importantly – Have Fun!