Karaoke - A Brief History Of Karaoke Singing

Who doesn't love Karaoke Singing? Many a happy and drunken evening has been had all over the world by the wonderful event that is Karaoke. But what exactly is it and where did it originate? Read on....

The word karaoke itself is a Japanese portmanteau word, or for the layman, the blend of two different japanese words to make one definitive word. It is derived from a shortened form of the word Karappo which means 'empty' and a shortened form of the word Okesutura meaning 'Orchestra'. So, the word can be taken to literally mean 'empty orchestra' or, again in terms we understand, music that has the lead melody missing.

Karaoke singing itself can take many forms. Singing evenings take place in pubs and bars all over the world where amatuer singers can get a chance to sing and perform to a popular song where there is no lead vocal so just the singers voice can be heard with the music. The beauty is that the singer does not need to be of any level of ability, the opportunity is given to everyone to sing. It can be sometimes difficult for someone not used to singing or performing to be able to match their singing in time with the music. Also it can be difficult to remember all the words of their chosen song. Many entertainment providers provide screens where the lyrics can be displayed and a 'bouncing ball' will hover over the relevant word in time with it's pace in time with the music.

Another path for the ardent amatuer singer would be to make their very own CD where they can sing to a backing track and have the result recorded for posterity. This is where Studio Experience Gifts can help. If you fancy having a recording of yourself singing along to your favourite song then click here to see our range Karaoke Singing Gifts And Recording Studio Experience Days. There are also other experiences available to suit all ages and abilities.

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