So it’s the office evening out and your on for a Karaoke Night at a Japanese-styled place, you think you have a fairly strong voice but the stress is mounting from your colleagues to give a performance worthy of Mariah Carey! Your attitude on the evening can make or break your karaoke performance. If you don’t want to be overshadowed by an upstart in your company, watch what you smoke and drink, at least until your performance is over, otherwise you may sound like Barry White not Amy Winehouse!
Selecting several tunes that you could potentially croon, means that if someone sings your song you at least have a few fallbacks that you are secure in singing and will prevent an embarrassing situation for you. Spend 3-4 hours on singing the songs the week before, ask a friend to listen to prevent your nerves and get some positive feedback.
Although let someone choose a tune too it maybe their way of helping you avoid over stretching your vocal talents, try to pass up songs that stretch your voice above its natural range especially with some of the more unforgiving ballads. Your singing performance will be greater if you pick a anthem that you really like, this is a good tip so try to do this.
Stay hydrated by drinking lots during the course of the day, a good quality singing performance requires that your oesophagus to be hydrated and vocal chords relaxed and if you smoke try and balance the nerves through deep breathing rather than several cigarettes as that too can distort and corrupt your vocal talents. A good hint is to start up your vocal chords by singing along to a few tunes during the course of the evening, but don’t strain or sing to songs that are not in your vocal range or it will ruin your performance.
The other word of advice to circumvent cracking up on the stage is not to yell. If you are in a loud bar with your mates around and that lady from payroll you like, then ignore all talk that will make you yell and just get into performance mode. Spending two hours before you get on to Karaoke podium, chain smoking and necking strong Vodka and shouting at your friend about how bad that girl from human resources appears, then by the point at which you get on stage your all ready pre disposed to give a poor performance.