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Admit it. You’re like the rest of us. You belt out your favorite tunes in the shower and when you’re alone. Singing to yourself is fun. It feels good and your voice always sounds great when you are your own audience. But, singing in front of people? Well, that can be a very different story.

Singing in front of people is what Karaoke is all about. If you’ve never done it, the very thought may be frightening. But, karaoke doesn’t have to be intimidating. It can be lots of fun… even for those of us who do not have the best voices. If you enjoy singing, you might want to try Karaoke… at least once.

Karaoke Tips for First Timers​

Aim for the middle. If you’re new to karaoke, let somebody else hit the stage first. But don’t wait to be the final performer of the night either. Try to perform somewhere between the two.

Select a song you know. You’ll be more comfortable and have more fun if you don’t have to worry about the lyrics of the song you are singing. Sure, the lyrics will be on a screen in front of you, but having to concentrate on reading them can get tricky.

Don’t start with a solo. Begin with a group song. It is far less intimidating to sing with other people. Ask a friend to share the microphone with you.

Make sure to breathe. When you’re singing to yourself, you can take a break whenever you want. That’s not the case when singing karaoke. It can be easy to forget to breath when you’re trying to keep up with complicated lyrics.

Have some stage presence. Karaoke is about a lot more than a good voice. Somebody who can’t even carry a tune may be a big hit with an audience. If you look like you are having a good time, the audience will probably join right in and enjoy themselves too.

Select a song other people know. A popular song or favorite standard will go over much better with most audiences than something they’ve never heard before.