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How May the Karaoke Machine Assist the Singer?

How To Choose a Karaoke Machine #2 - Visualize Results: How May the Karaoke Machine Assist the Singer?

Copyright 10/2011 by www.GoKaraokeMachine.com

A karaoke machine can can help a musician of any age or ability level to achieve a beautiful performance, with practice.

  • By singing (or playing an instrument) with a recording, you learn songs, and test your skill.
  • If a karaoke machine has tempo control, a singer may perform at a preferred tempo.
  • If a karaoke machine has pitch control, a singer may perform in his/her vocal range; or if using sheet music and an instrument, can perform in the key of that sheet music while reading musical notation.

To know what will be most wanted from a karaoke machine, a singer must visualize the results aimed for, and how a karaoke machine could assist the singer. These four typical examples may help in the visualization.

  • Coach Amazed - Amateur Corrects Pitch (Sorry, Not a Sports Story)

    As a student violinist, I once auditioned for an advanced music class. The coach considered not admitting me because I performed "off key."

    I practiced with a recording for 6 weeks. After the performance, my coach expressed amazement that I had remedied my pitch problem, and mastered a very difficult piece, as well.

    But it was not only pitch accuracy that I learned from listening and playing along. The recording had taught me to play at a certain speed, and with a certain quality of tone and a certain style of phrasing I could not glean from the musical notation alone.

    Before obtaining the recording, my bowing was awkward, and my tone uneven. The recording provided a measure of polish. It became the teacher I couldn't afford.

  • Piano Student "Practices" while Washing Dishes

    Knowing the value of practicing with a recording, I taught an adult piano student who wanted to achieve a more classical musical education than many "adult beginner" piano books allow. I encouraged her to supplement the "adult short-cut" piano books with Shinichi Suzuki's piano course designed for children. (Suzuki's graded piano books and recordings are available for many instruments.)

    Suzuki believed that achieving a good tone is fundamental to a quality musical experience. Because tone cannot be seen in musical notation, he created a series of recordings to be studied along with reading musical notation. He chose selections which would build musicianship gradually, concept-by-concept. It is required that one listen to the recording as part of study of each piece, and that one study each piece in sequence.

    My piano student listened while performing housework, and played by reading musical notation when time permitted. While she didn't have much time, the time she had was put to use.

    The result was consistent progress and achievement over time. My student remained inspired, due to the beauty of the repertoire, and came to play beautifully because she could hear the beautiful tone she should strive for. Of course, it helped to believe that if children could do it, she could do it.


In addition to fostering a good performance similar to that on a recording, a karaoke machine can foster creativity if it has the ability to change three things: pitch, tempo, and tone. These three elements allow a performer to really interpret a song and adapt the song to his/her personality, voice, or ability level, so that music may occur naturally.

  • Soprano Can't Hit Notes, Won't Sing

    When I was young and in church choir, I had a soprano voice, and so was assigned a soprano part. However, I could not hit the really high notes, which caused me to feel dismay and insufficiency as a singer. I came to prefer playing violin and piano. My small difficulty made a big difference in the direction of my studies.

    As an amateur composer, I try to keep within a vocal range, and provide for vocal warm-up within a score to prepare for more difficult passages.

  • Shy Musician Able To Perform when Tempo Is Changed

    For reasons I can't explain, I had an aversion to the song My Melancholy Baby (Burnett and Norton) until I heard a rendition by Diane Keaton in Woody Allen's film, Annie Hall. The distinctive feature that riveted me to the performance was the slowness of her rendition, which allowed her to develop a beautiful tone and mood. It broke the performance ice for me.

    After that experience, if called upon to perform (accompany a singer) in a family setting, where I might not really like the repertoire available, a simple change of tempo might be all that is needed to free up the performance from a prescribed style and adapt it to my capability and taste.

Karaoke musicians should note that tempo control is an unusual feature in karaoke, and tends to be on more expensive karaoke machines. A TASCAM trainer, found at MusicStudioStore.com, is a more affordable option for tempo control. In general, tempo control should be digital, so as not to alter pitch.

Much benefit is gained from the most basic karaoke machine. As individuals grow in musical ability, more capable karaoke machines offer many benefits. You will want to be aware of the potential importance of pitch control, and the creative potential of variable tempo in a karaoke machine.

At www.GoKaraokeMachine.com, we offer affordable home and professional karaoke machines and system add-ons which may include variable tempo and pitch control. Our sister site at MusicStudioStore.com brings instruments into the karaoke mix by offering Sheet Music with CDs and TASCAM Trainers. Enjoy exploring our sites.