Karaoke, or Kareoke as it is popularly known, is a word derived from the Japanese language, meaning Empty Orchestra. As the name suggests, it involves a group of musicians, usually playing a popular number, only with the lack of the vocalist. The player is required to fill-in the absence of the real singer by singing the lyrics of the number while the audience judges his singing talent.
How to play Karaoke
Karaoke can be played in a group or solo. Music reproduction systems like Tape and CD players usually feature a Karaoke mode, which will recede the vocal part of the song to the background, leaving the musical accompaniment intact. The user or player can either sing along with the music or if in possession of sufficient talent, can plug in a karaoke microphone and record his own voice along with the original music. Competitions are arranged to test budding singers for their talent, and Karaoke takes a special place among these tests. A random choice is made for a song from a pool, and players display their karaoke talents to be rated by judges.
Today, several websites offer voiceless versions of songs which can be played online. These are often of much better quality, since they are edited by more complex digital equipment, than the versions created by the Karaoke mode of the Tape and CD players. Karaoke enjoys popularity in North America and some Asian countries like Philipines and Japan, mostly as performance in gatherings and group parties. In several places, taxi cabs have a Karaoke mode, where the passenger can sing to pass the time waiting to reach his destination. Special CDs are also available where the voice of the singer is recorded on a separate track and can be switched off for a karaoke session. This usually calls for a special CD+G player.