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FDP Forum / Sing, Sing, Sing! - Vocalist's Forum / Karaoke Corner

D Rogue
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Hollister, CA

Is it supposed to make that sound?
Sep 4th, 2007 10:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

Okay, I know that there are probably some on the FDP that can't stand Karaoke, but I'll bet there are some that love it.

I play in a band, so I can relate to people in bands that feel like Karaoke is taking over the live music scene, but I like singing Karaoke as well.

Are there any other Karaoke fans out there? What songs do you like to sing?

I'll sing just about anything, but I really like singing a couple of Guess Who songs (No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature and Share the Land. I also like singing mellow love type songs like Heatwave's Always and Forever, Commodores Easy, Al Jarreau We're in this Love Together, etc.

How about you? Do you have any good Karaoke stories or any favorite's you like to do?

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United States

The base path belongs to the runner
Sep 4th, 2007 01:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

I didn't know it was so popular in the Seattle area until I wandered into Karaoke Night at one of the local watering holes.

MAN! There was a couple there dressed up in 50s garb doin' Paul and Paula stuff, and old guy dressed up like Sinatra (mighta BEEN Sinatra, who knows?) doin' that stuff, another surfer/homless-lookin' guy (apologies to you home-owning surfers) doin' a VERY believable Jimbo Morrison thing...

And the place was packed, jumpin'!!!

Karaoke doesn't seem to be quite as big here in Dallas. One of our fave sushi places does have a pretty big room upstairs that you can have for the asking (no charge) with a big-time Karaoke rig. We keep threatening to take a crowd over there and throw down one of these nights. It could happen.

Chris Greene
FDP Host

Idaho, USA

What would Sammy the Bull do?
Sep 4th, 2007 10:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't get karaoke. At all.

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Ypsi-Ann, Mich'gan

27 watts O' Princetons!
Sep 5th, 2007 04:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I don't get karaoke. At all."

You remember Milli Vanilli? Karaoke is the exact opposite, but with much the same overall effect.


D Rogue
Contributing Member

Hollister, CA

Is it supposed to make that sound?
Sep 5th, 2007 06:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ah come on guys, Karaoke is actually pretty cool. I could see not liking it if my band was losing shows over a karaoke show, but there's room for both, IMO. Chris, you know that you're probably a closet karaoke junky... you just might not know it yet ;^)

I just think it's a blast. We have a very nice hard drive based karaoke machine (CAVS JB-199) loaded with over 14,000 songs. There are no CD's to load, and with the push of some buttons on the front of the unit or the remote control your off and singing.

We also get something like 25 or so new songs each month to keep our library current. So, I can bust out some John Mayer, to Steely Dan, to Creed (just kidding, but I'll bet we have some), to Frank Sinatra, to Elvis, to the Beatles, to the Beastie Boys, to Led Zeppelin, etc...

We whipped out the system for my oldest son's end of the season Little League party and you should of seen these people: kids singing crap like 50 Cent, dads/coaches singing songs from bands like Foreigner (not me though) to Bad Company. One guy had never sung karaoke before and actually turned out to be really good. This dude was a natural, and looked/sounded like one of those karaoke freaks that go to every show in town... with their own CD's/songs (NTTAWWT). Nonetheless, it added a whole new dimension to the party, and people seemed to have had a lot of fun.

Hey, don't get me wrong, as I think karaoke has nothing on singing with a real band, but it's great fun for those without an opportunity to sing with a band. As a matter of fact (and I'm sure not a completely original idea), I always wanted to put together a karaoke band. I know, what's the difference between this and a Jam Night? Well, you would have a good band, that knew a gazillion songs, and people could pick songs from a list and be a real rock star for a night.

I would have done my live karaoke band thing, but I couldn't put together a very long song list considering that I only know three chords, and only play one of them well.

Chris Greene
FDP Host

Idaho, USA

What would Sammy the Bull do?
Sep 5th, 2007 11:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

I liked "Duets" if that helps any...

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United States

Bass - How Low Can You Go?
Sep 5th, 2007 11:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Back in 1991, I worked in the publishing business and I had to travel to Singapore on a printing job. The sales reps at the printing plant took me out to a local club and, to my amazement, it had these little rooms off the main dance floor where people basically hung out in private and engaged in this new phenomenon called, "karaoke." I have to tell you, I thought it was a blast and a lot of fun, and I remember thinking that it would be cool if it ever hit the states. A few years later it did.

I still like it, in theory, since it's fun and communal, (especially after a few beers), but I prefer not to partake for a number of reasons. (And by partake, I am referring to performing it live as opposed to using it as a practice tool at home, which I'd consider). The way it usually plays out when I've witnessed it at a club is there's always one guy who can just about carry a tune and ends up impressing his friends and being the envy of the club. He's on a nice high and feels pretty confident with his limited ability UNTIL a real singer steps up and promptly takes the wind out of his sails. I've seen this happen more than once, and the real singer is met with either thundering applause or dead silence and cold stares.

When you're out with friends having a good time in a room full of similarly-minded enthusiasts, who needs a harsh dose of reality?

(This message was last edited by BigBottom at 11:47 PM, Sep 5th, 2007)

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Sep 6th, 2007 06:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

With less venues for live music, I find Karaoke a way to keep my vocal chops from dissapearing but what I hate about "K" is the "harmony" arrangements and how they lock you in to the timing.
I like to make the song as much my own as possible and playing with the timing, as well as the melody, is key!
Also, after being 3'rd or 4'th in line, in a live band situation, being 30'th or 40'th gets old real fast!

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Montco PA, USA

Sarcasm-Just 1 of the services I provide
Sep 6th, 2007 07:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

Call me a primadonna, but I hate the lack of monitors and the cheap mics.

The last time I was in a place that had karaoke, they had a catalog of about 40,000 songs to sing to. How do you pick out one song when looking at that many? My kids were there so I did "Vertigo" because they could sing the chorus with me. Having them on-stage with me was the best part.

D Rogue
Contributing Member

Hollister, CA

Is it supposed to make that sound?
Sep 6th, 2007 11:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ah yeah, the Corner comes alive!

Tuco, you are definitely right on about being overwhelmed by too many songs to choose from. What I like, and the way our books are set up (as most others) is to have one section alphabetized by artist and then another section alphabetized by song title.

Regarding cheap gear/mics: not at my house. That is the beauty of owning all of my band's sound reinforcement gear. I can throw down 1000 watts of power in my living room, with a sub and up to 4 monitors if I want.

My typical living room rig is:
Cavs JB-199 Karaoke Player
Alesis Multimix 8 Mixer
QSC PLX 3102 Amp
Two (2) Yamaha SM12V monitors (used as mains on poles)
Two (2) wireless Shure SM58's

We subbed for a friend's weekly show at a bar and I replaced the SM12V's for a pair of S115V's. I leave my big PA box at home, as I don't need to lug around all that stuff, nor do I need a 16 channel mixer.

What I like to do is start in the A's in the song title section and start picking songs. I've come across a lot of cool songs doing it this way that I probably would have never thought of otherwise.

Chris, I try to do duets with my wife, who's a great singer, but I can't seem to harmonize :o(

Rusty Sterling
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^ (¿) ^

Clean feet for that oh so fresh feeling
Sep 13th, 2007 12:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Chris: Duets is a great movie. I love it. And the duet of "Try A Little Tenderness" gets me every time.

I love doing karaoke for the stuff I can't do with my band. I'm a real Gerschwin fan and love singing those old standards.

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Area 51

Jan 17th, 2009 02:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think I'll watch this Thread.
with my eyes closed

Norm Goings
Contributing Member

Parkersburg, WV

Pittsburgh Penguins
Jan 22nd, 2009 07:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

My wife is a karaoke fan. She loves it, I hate it.

When we were in Columbus a couple weeks ago for the Mid-Ohio FDP jam we went to a bar next to our hotel room Friday night. They had a great two man act, guitar and vocals, that did everything and anything. The guitarist even used a looper to great effect. My wife got to sit in and sing a couple tunes with them. In short, they were awesome. The crowd was about 25 people.

Saturday night we went to the same place. They had karaoke and you couldn't get in for all the people. Absolutely packed, we didn't even stay.

I hate it that karaoke draws so much better than "real" live music.

But it is what it is. There's no use denying that more people would rather go to karaoke than see a good band play.

(This message was last edited by Norm Goings at 07:13 AM, Jan 22nd, 2009)

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Toad Suck/Nashville

aka "Love Muffin"
Jan 24th, 2009 10:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Open mic night is just karaoke with a live band who is getting paid:)

joanna collins

Contributing Member

Area 51

Feb 13th, 2009 07:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

Next Jam Rogue, ...we can beat those kids
inside in a little karaoke off!


Southern California

"Don't give up"
May 8th, 2009 11:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

D Rogue, I found this thread in a search...cool to know you enjoy karaoke and you're not afraid to say it! :-)

My husband really enjoys it. We're looking into a simple setup for an upcoming party this year for him.

I'm just starting to look at equipment.

He was suggesting dowloading a program onto a laptop and use that with a speaker system. Do you know anything about those setups? I still have to buy music that would have lyrics show up on screen right? I'd need a mixer as well, wouldn't I?

I was thinking something like the CAVS portable DVD-303G and hook it up to bigger speakers if needed.

One of those CAVS jukeboxes would be awesome but out of our price range for now.

Sorry I have all these questions, and many more, but I'd love your input!

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US--Downeast (NC)

Guitar playin' bassist
Sep 3rd, 2009 09:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I enjoy it because it gives me a chance to sing stuff I would never otherwise play or sing. When else would i get a chance to sing Sam and Dave, country tunes and Journey stuff in one night?

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