By MH Staff - Posted on 4th October 2013
Put some fire in your vocal cords with these tips from Kurt Darren
Choose a song you have an emotional connection to, not necessarily one you think you should sing. If you like the song and it has meaning for you, this will come across and you will make a better connection with your audience.
If possible, practise the song ahead of time to get an idea of whether the key of the original recording works for you. If not, many karaoke situations have machines that can raise or lower the key of your song.
Your main focus in singing is telling a story. Spend some time with the lyrics and get an idea of what the song is about. You will make a better connection with the audience if you know what emotions you want to portray in your performance.
Focus the energy on the audience. If you need to look at the monitor for lyrics, don't keep your attention there the entire time – look up and at the audience as often as you comfortably can.
If you’re nervous, try a duet or get your mates to join you. There is safety in numbers and this can be a transition to singing solo.
Avoid the Dutch courage for as long as possible – alcohol has a drying effect on the vocal mechanism and affects your ability to tell the story of the song.
Don't obsess on the mechanics of singing. The audience would much rather hear a good storyteller with a less than perfect delivery than a really good voice with no connection to the song or audience.
Let your body reflect what you are singing about. Movement helps to free the voice and make a better connection with the audience.
Last but not least, have fun. The more comfortable you look (even if you don't feel comfortable on the inside), the more the audience will root for you and the less likely they are to notice any less than perfect moments.