Karaoke Etiquette Ö
1. Please donít come up
and ask, ďDo you have ÖĒ. UNLESS you have already checked the kiosk.
PLEASE CHECK THE KIOSK FIRST.
2. Donít ask me to get you up
soon because you have to leave. (see below) I have done that in the
past for people and when they donít leave, I get angry. But donít
worry, I turn redÖ not green. OK, I may accommodate you, but donít
3. This is especially
aggravatingÖ Do not try to come up and sing with every singer. I
wonít turn your mic on, and the singer may key your car. The rule is
Ö If you have a song in the rotation, you can sing a duet with
someone else once during that rotation.
4. Do Not yell into the
microphone, tap on it with your fingers, swing it around by the
cord, or come up staggering drunk (even though itís the only way
youíll come up to sing). I respect your effort for singing, so
respect my equipment. Thank you
5. If I donít
have a song (and only if you donít see on the kiosk-ref #1) ask me
and Iíll try to get it. Please donít ask if you donít plan on coming
back to the show.
6. Not to contradict
myself, but in the case of #1, you may ask if I have a song if it
wasnít there last time and you requested I get it. I may have obtained
it, but not entered it in the database yet.
7. Sing into the mic and hold
it close to your mouth (within 1 to 3 inches). This is especially
true if you donít have a strong voice. This will help make you sound
Feedback can occur when you
hold the mic too far away, if you cup your hand around the
windscreen, or if you get too close to a
8. Do not cup the mic. If you
want more reverb or echo (there is a difference) I can provide that.
Artificially trying to create reverb can cause feedback,
9. Try to relax behind the
mic. Drinking does help that. Your vocal chords tighten under
stress., and that doesnít help your voice.
MOST IMPORTANTLY - HAVE
Commandments of KaraokeÖ
Applaud All Performances
should applaud for every performer. If a
performance is not up to your expectations, you should applaud the
performer's courage and not react in a critical or otherwise
Not Embarrass Others
not heckle performers.
not make derogatory, defamatory or embarrassing remarks about the
performers, KJ, and wait staff.
not turn in a song request for someone else without their
knowledge or permission.
not swear while you are in close proximity to a microphone, the
stage, or performer.
Not Join In Without Permission
not join a performer without his or her
You MUST obtain a
performer's permission to sing a duet before committing them to
sing or getting up to sing with them.
Not Misuse Equipment or Books
Handle microphones with extra care. Not only are they
sensitive to sound, but expensive.
Not point the head of the microphone toward the speakers, or yell
into the microphone.
not swing the microphone by its cord, or use it for jumping rope.
- Do Not
put your drink or anything else on the look-up kiosk. Electronics
and liquids do not mix... Leave them at your table.
Your Waitpersons Generously
you have received satisfactory service, express your thanks by
graciously and generously tipping those who have caused the
"When am I going to sing next?"
as your host is to ensure that everyone who wants to sing will have
the opportunity to sing. I do my best to keep a fair rotation going
with first-come, first-served ordering. All new singers are added to
the end of the current rotation. Each time you sing your selection,
your next song will be placed on the bottom of the rotation. Itís
important that you give me a new song slip each time you are called
up to the stage. You are permitted to put in more than one request
at a time. If you hand a song slip in at a later time, I will insert
your slip in its proper place in the stack. Remember, only you can
control whether you skip a rotation or not.
expect to get to sing if you show up 30 minutes before the
scheduled end of the show, you probably won't.
Listen For Your Name
To Be Called!
have signed up to sing, please listen for your name to be called.
call for the singer 3 times and if you do not come to the stage, you
will be skipped.
Sometimes it can be difficult to hear over the other customers in
see someone who is being called up that doesn't look like they
heard, let them know!
Duets, Group Songs and Stage
in mind that in a duet or group song, if one of the singers is a
ďnewĒ singer, it's up to the host whether it is treated as new or
Stage names are fine, but include your real name on the slip for the
Signing up each individual in a group as a separate singer and then
having the rest of the group join in may be counted as a turn for
ALL involved. Repeated attempts will result in your removal from the
rotation for the remainder of the night. If you have a song in the
rotation, you can sing as a duet/group with someone else ONCE during
Duets and Groups will be counted as a turn in a rotation for all
singers on busy nights.***
Reasons to sing next that
"I'm leaving soon."
<relative/friend> is here from <wherever> and wants to
hear me sing before they leave."
"Here's 50 bucks." (ok, this MIGHT work)
"I'll buy you a drink."
"I'm in a band and I sing GREAT." (do you have a gold or platinum
need to sing before I pass out."(Öand you want to handle my
have to go wash my (hair, laundry, dog, car,
"I'm getting lucky tonight!"
just got here."
"I'll get you fired 'cause I'm a good friend of the