SING ..SING ALONGGGGGGGG......
In recent years, there has been a boom in "karaoke" in Japan. These are disk players with voice mixing facilities and are used to provide musical accompaniment for solos or singalongs.
The "kara" of kara-oke means empty, while the "oke" is a Japanese abbreviation of the English word, "orchestra." These two words coming together mean an orchestra without a vocalist.
Karaoke are widespread in many countries nowadays. I think "karaoke bars" are well known by Americans, but actually we have few karaoke bars in Japan. What we call "karaoke box" is more popular in Japan.
WHAT IS A KARAOKE BOX
The karaoke box consists of a lot of isolated rooms on several floors and each of those rooms has a karaoke set in it.
Generally they charge you one or two dollars each per hour ..
The room has some couches, two microphones, remote controls for the air conditioner, karaoke set, menus for snacks and drinks, thick song books on a table, and a big TV with karaoke system just for you and your company.
The room also has a telephone that is connected to the reception desk; therefore, you can order some food or drinks from that phone. They will also call you when your time is up.
WHAT YOU DO
After you have settled into the room and gotten something to eat or drink, you are all ready to sing.
You look up one of the songbooks and choose a song you wish to sing. You can look up the songs in two different ways.
One side of the book has the titles of the songs, names of singers and five or six-digit code numbers following them.
The other side of the book starts with singers' names, titles and numbers,
So that you can look up songs either by the singer's name or title of the song.
After you choose a song to sing, enter the code numbers of the song into the remote control by pushing the buttons on it to send information to the karaoke set.
Soon your music will start. The remote control also has a section to change the key or tempo of the songs.
If you feel the key of the song is too high or low for you, or too fast or slow, you can adjust them as you want.
Also, if you want to have harmony, you can.
Some karaoke sets even have a voice change system. You can change you voice from a woman's to a man's, and a man's to a woman's. This is very interesting.
When you finish singing, you can search for the next song while another person is singing.
....... the important thing here is you should listen to other people singing at the same time. Usually people like to have audiences, and you want them to listen to you while you are singing, too. You can fee like a real singer if you have someone to listen to you, and that's what people like when doing karaoke