The members in Sing!Karaoke were excited yesterday. Halloween? No! We were excited because Smule added video to Sing!Karaoke. Now we can capture the video of our performances, such as playing instruments, adding visual effects and so on. That’s wonderful. I tried it, but my device iPad mini didn’t work. I wonder if only iPhone is allowed for now?
After uploading my singing videos to YouTube, I received an advertising mail from Coverium. It seems to be a social networking site focusing on cover songs. It is very easy to post a video by just linking with your YouTube account. So I created an account. Oh, I wonder how many social networking accounts I have! To upload a video, 20 points are required. However, points can be earned easily by clicking other videos. It doesn’t bother me because I like to find talented or unique singers. The more active you are in the site, the more videos you can upload. Coverium offers voice-lesson videos, which are just linked YouTube videos. How To Sing
It’s been a year since I started karaoke. Last Sunday, I uploaded my singing videos to a social karaoke website called “Utasuki” for the first time. At the karaoke station ”RoundOne”, I usually choose a room with a massage chair, but this time I chose a room with a stage.
I sang “Starships”(Nicki Minaj), “Don’t tell me,” and” Music”(Madonna) there. Even though I uploaded these videos, I’m not satisfied with them at all. The main problem for me is hitting the high notes. I can’t sing them well. It is said that it gets harder to hit the high notes as people get older because the vocal cords are muscles. I should use them more so they don’t shrink.
Watch this PV of Madonna’s song “Don’t tell me”. Her dancing is very artistic and sophisticated. It encourages me to start Hip Hop dancing again. (I’ve been doing other dances this year) In a fitness center, not only the young but the seniors enjoy Hip Hop dance in the class. Though I don’t have confidence in my dancing at all, I want to upload a video of me singing and dancing someday.
I also found this song very interesting . Maybe it would be only interesting for Madonna fans. It is very different from the official one. Her voice is often synthesized a lot, but her real voice is very attractive. I love it.
Today’s story is about music again. My daughter told me that “Miku-tan” sings Hatsune Miku’s songs in English. Then I listened to her songs. Actually, she is super cool. I think she is talented. Miku-tan is an ordinary American girl. She has uploaded her singing videos on YouTube and niconico.com, and has been getting popularity among Japanese vocaloid fans. A gifted person can appeal to the world by himself in today’s society. On the other hand, people might have fun finding out that kind of person he is. Music has no borders or boundaries.
As you read on the previous post, the founder of LingQ is Steve Kaufmann. He is a Canadian who speaks more than 10 languages. LingQ reflects his learning method that is focused on reading and listening. He shares his experiences and tips for learning languages on his YouTube channel. I recommend language learners watch his videos. They must be beneficial because he, a multilingual himself, proves the effectiveness of the method.
Here is one of his videos. (I uploaded his Japanese video in my Japanese blog. He speaks Japanese fluently)
The Hatune Miku version of “Kumamon Dance” was released this month. Miku just sings the theme song. I want her to dance with Kumamon. Kumamon is very good at dancing. His dancing looks very cute. I wonder who the man inside the stuffed suit is. For your information, Miku sings the song of Bon Dance Festival of Koshi City in Kumamoto. Additionally, Kumafes that I mentioned before will be held this year again. Kumamoto might be a unique place.
The next performer was “Mito” impersonating Hatune Miku. She mimicked Miku’s dance moves. Hatune Miku is one of the vocaloid characters. Vocaloid is a singing synthesizer program, which can create a natural sounding voice. My daughter likes Hatune Miku very much. She prefers songs by synthetic voice to human voices. Hmmm strange.
I know the feeling that people want to mimic her dance. I used to dance with my daughter, playing a Wii dancing game of Japanese songs. To get a good score, we waved, swung and shook the wii remote control to the beat of the songs. lol Furthermore, I wanted to dance to American music, so I bought “We Cheer”. But the reaction of remote control wasn’t as good as Japanese one. I wonder if the latest We Cheer has improved?
Back to Mito, she was cute dressing up and dancing as Miku. I pasted the nice Miku’s dance video along with Mito’s one. I’m tempted to synchronize these videos. Doesn’t this video make you want to dance? Let’s dance!