Sound every bit as good as the
while spending much less on musical
equipment and backing tracks
Karaoke has a lot to
answer for...all the karoake nights I've been to have been nothing
but a succession of bad singers, each one worse than the singer
before. I shudder to think how many nights-out I've had spoiled
by these screaming, out-of-tune wannabe's thinking that they are
gonna be the next Madonna or Mariah Carey.
Then add the fact that, there's usually some person presenting
who, because they know how to put on a CD, think that qualifies
them to be a professional karaoke presenter, then you start to
get an idea of how embarrasing and appalling these nights can
that's the downside to karaoke - there is an upside.
If you've ever been to a karaoke night, you'll also know that
often, at some point in the evening, someone gets up on the stage
to sing who is an exception - a fantastic singer with a great
voice - a note-perfect sparkling diamond amongst all the out-of-pitch
rhinestones! If that fantastic singer with the great voice is
YOU, then this article is for YOU.
If you'd like to take your singing to the next level and embark
on a professional singing career, here's exactly what you'll need
to get started...
There is a big difference between being onstage for 10 minutes,
singing one or two songs (eg your average karaoke singer) and
being onstage for 2 hours, singing 30 or 40 songs and "holding"
an audience all night (ie keeping an audience entertained).
That's why there is a big difference between a singer and
Look at the most successful entertainers in the world today -
they aren't necessarily the best singers in the world. But, they
are entertainers - that's why they are successful.
Don't think because you can sing two good songs at a karaoke night
and the audience give you a thunderous applause afterwards that
you're good enough to be a professional singer. It's easy to keep
an audiences attention for 10 minutes - it's not so easy to keep
them interested and hold their attention for 2 hours though!
I personally know many fantastic singers who can't understand
why, after many years of working in pubs and clubs, they haven't
moved up to the next level (theatre, TV etc) when they firmly
believe they have the talent to go further. I know why though
- it's because all they are is a fantastic singer...not a fantastic
If you want to sing successfully professionally, then being
a good singer is not enough. You need to be an entertainer too.
of a good entertainer is someone who has learned how to instinctively
"read" and "handle the audience, move well onstage,
present himself/herself well, introduce each song with appropriate
comment, adapt to any type of situation or audience, and generally
communicate effectively with the audience.
Learn these skills, and you will not only be a great singer, but
also a great entertainer.
small and learn your trade
Making that transition from good singer to good entertainer doesn't
come overnight. Most successful singers start small and "learn
their trade" as they go along. That means gaining experience
by working in the smaller venues like pubs, small clubs etc.
The first thing you should know about pubs and clubs is that you're
not the star of the show - in the pub, the beer and conversation
is the star - in the small clubs, the bingo or raffle will be
the star of the show. So, you have to work hard to "win over"
your audience. That's why you MUST learn to entertain. If you
are a wonderful singer who can sing one wonderful song after another
and you do it wonderfully, don't expect the venue to think you're
wonderful and ask you back! You haven't entertained your audience
so, even if you think you're good, it's unlikely you'll make any
lasting impression! Get the idea?
Below, I've made a shortlist and reckon that for well under £1,000
you could have all the equipment you need to get started in the
singing business. The bigger the venue, the more sound equipment
you will need but if you're starting out in the pub/small club
type venues, the range of equipment we've picked below will suit
these small venues.
Even if you do progress to bigger venues in the future, the only
thing you'll need to change will be the PA system (because bigger
venues require bigger sound systems to fill them with sound).
However, you'll still be able to use the same microphone, playback
machine, and backing tracks, irrespective of the size of the venue.
guide to equipment you'll need to get started:
2. An mp3 playback machine to play your backing tracks on (Click
3. PA system (Click
4. Microphone (Click
In a small pub or club you
will be expected to sing two sets of 45 minutes each plus another
10 or 15 minutes at the end of the night when the audience (hopefully)
shout for more. So you will need a repertoire of at least 35 -
40 songs before even attempting a gig.
Our individual backing tracks cost between £1 and £4.69
each so you should budget for spending around £100 - £200
on backing tracks, and around £1,500 on musical equipment.
have your act all set up, rehearsed your sets, and you're ready
to get out there and "do it", remember to get
your act promoted and listed on the internet so that people
can find out about you and your act and you can take bookings
At a later
date, if the gigs are going well, you may want to think about
adding some stage lights, a smoke machine, radio microphone, fancy
clothing (stage wear) etc but this isn't entirely necessary to
get started. Many clubs have lighting systems, and a nice designer
shirt or suit for the guys and a nice sparkly designer dress for
the girls will give good stage presence and be enough to get your
show on the road.
Article Written by Kenny Campbell
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