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A Beginner's Guide to Karaoke April 11, 2019

Makiki - Lower Punchbowl - Tantalus, Honolulu
A Beginner's Guide to Karaoke, ,

Whether you’re hosting a party or looking to have a fun night with your friends, karaoke is an entertaining activity that fits any occasion. But if you’ve never sung in front of people before, it’s easy to feel intimidated or nervous. Keep in mind karaoke is all about having fun rather than being a professional, which is why you should consider the guide below if you’re feeling apprehensive. 

The Origins of Karaoke

Daisuke Inoue invented the first karaoke machine in Japan in 1971. Karaoke literally translates to “empty orchestra,” and became a popular source of entertainment at nightclubs and bars. Keyboard music was paired with lyrics so participants could sing along with the music. In the early ‘80s, it spread to the United States, Europe, and other countries in Asia. 

How to Pick a Song

karaokeIf you’re doing karaoke in an open nightclub or bar, choose an upbeat mainstream song that the crowd will know so they can sing along with you. Stick to familiar songs that you know the lyrics to, and avoid long ballads, which tend to lose audience interest. If you’re planning on singing with friends, look for songs with multiple vocal leads to share the limelight.

Karaoke Etiquette

Karaoke is only fun in a judgement-free atmosphere. Never heckle other participants; instead, cheer and sing along. If you’re onstage with other people, pass the microphone around so everyone has a turn, or share it with a partner.


If you’re seeking the perfect spot for karaoke, drinks, and food in Honolulu, HI, head over to 8 Fat Fat 8 Bar & Grille. Since 1986, this vibrant pub has offered a mouthwatering menu featuring heavy and light pupus and Chinese dishes. They also have a full-service bar and a variety of entertainment options, including karaoke, billiards, and darts. Call (808) 596-2779 to make a reservation or place an order for takeout. You can also check out the dishes on their website or Facebook.

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