There are various techniques and software available to help with your singing but nothing is likely more efficient and entertaining than the good old karaoke. A product of Japan, where it continues to enjoy huge popularity, karaoke is more commonly associated with pubs and bars as the alcohol certainly helps customers to garner courage and sing in front of a mass of drunken revellers!
The concept of karaoke is to sing along to popular tunes and replace the original singer with your own voice. The lyrics are displayed on a screen and the song is accompanied by recorded music, which makes it easier to relate to, and the lyrics are also broken down so you know exactly when to pause or start.
Karaoke at Home
Apart from using a karaoke for having a blast, you can also learn how to improve your singing skills, especially through repetition of one or more songs. Try to sing songs you are not very familiar with as well as this will help in replicating the original as best as possible. Your audience at home, which could include family or close friends, can provide the support and feedback which will encourage you to try harder lyrics and pitches.
In the US karaokes are also very common and many households own at least one, which is used for family or guest entertainment. When used at a young age it is easy to see why so many youngsters aspire to become pop stars! It is always a good idea to replenish the database of songs to more modern versions as the ones you were brought up with could be too old for your younger siblings or guests.
Random Singing Promoted
You would imagine that singing favorite songs anywhere private would not be such a big thing, especially if you know all the lyrics by heart. If, like myself, your brain resembles a sieve and information stored there escapes through the tiny holes, you might needt a bit of prompting to help you remember the lyrics. And there is no easier way than resorting to karaoke.
To get away from your comfort zone though, you would need to try something which is not completely new to you but which you are not entirely familiar with. The accompanying music is already of great help so it is singing in sync and in tune that is relevant for you, if you want to see any positive changes in your singing. Vocal training cannot be ignored if you really want to progress to a certain level so some form of commitment is necessary.
Memorization of Lyrics
As advised earlier a good memory is required if you are seriously considering a career in singing. Your song library should be quite abundant if you are already a semi-professional singer working part-time in a club or bar. It is not always possible and maybe not even professional for singers to refer to a paper with the lyrics included. Try to choose a variety of different genres which fully utilize the capabilities of your vocal chords and complement your style.
There are 2 reasons I would not be fully dependant on the use of karaoke. The first is that it is more beneficial to sing any song without following the lyrics and the second is that musical accompaniment acts as an indispensable accessory to the actual song. If you have ever tried to sing a song by heart and without music you will realize that it is much more challenging but more rewarding as it is purely your voice that fills the room.