India is a land of billions, among whom, almost every household is blessed with one or more magical voices. India is rich in its music heritage, having pioneered several musical gharanas, innovated in music technology and instruments, and produced trailblazing singers over the years. Singing flows in India's veins.

With millions of people interested in singing or learning how to improve their singing voice, it is not surprising to find the growth of the profession of a music teacher and the availability of a music course in every neighborhood or mohalla.

Music is one of the best sources for relaxation and enjoyment.

The art of music has been in vogue since ancient times, before the invention of writing. For such fundamentally human activity, the evolution of technology has also brought about innovations in music and how singing is learned. Nowadays, the music teacher is often supplemented with other technology. Karaoke singing is one of them.

Almost everyone on this planet loves music of one kind or the other. Even if you are not an aspiring singing sensation, singing using karaoke apps can be a fun activity, a great stressbuster, and a superb way to bond with friends and family!

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Now, with the availability of smartphone apps, karaoke singing has also reached the next evolutionary plane. In this article, we explore the wonders of karaoke singing and the top 5 karaoke apps to teach yourself how to sing and improve your singing.

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Karaoke Apps for Learning to Sing

Music training is not just about acquiring the ability to belt out a song whenever asked. Most music teachers stress the importance of such attributes as presentation, pitch, facial expressions, tempo, anticipating the background score, and so on.

The best teachers will also tell you that getting the basics right is key to your becoming a good singer. Online karaoke apps allow you to practice, which, as we all know, can make us perfect (singers)!

Karaoke: A Great Stress Reliever

No matter how many exercises you put in, your day could never really improve if you are carrying a lot of stress around. Singing is one of the best stressbuster exercises. Singing helps in muscle relaxation and reduces the level of cortisol in your system. Get online and do a karaoke exercise - alone- or with friends. It is the perfect antidote to our fast-paced lives.

Boost Your Self Esteem

A great Karaoke performance will earn you plaudits from your friends, family, and maybe even the entire Karaoke bar (if you are performing at one). This positive feedback can do wonders for your self-confidence.

Singing is also a natural way to nurture yourself as a person. When you really get into a song, there is no room for negative self-talk. 

Moreover, we all know how much courage it takes for most of us to go on stage and perform to an audience. Not all of us a natural singing stars. Online Karaoke is a great way to exercise something you enjoy, but are often too shy to do.

Build Relationships

Karaoke is a social activity. That means that when you have a Karaoke party at home, going to a bar that features Karaoke, or participating in an online Karaoke jam through a mobile app, you are engaging with other people. Humans are social animals and activities, such as Karaoke singing, in a group situation, helps us build social bonds.

Learning and Improving from Feedback

Karaoke is one of the best vocal exercises for those who are taking online singing lessons and are serious about their singing careers. Karaoke - online or otherwise - gives you the opportunity to take on some feedback about your performance. Aspiring singers need such feedback from unbiased audiences, which their music teachers might not be able to provide all the time. Not only does Karaoke improve your vocal quality through practice, but it also helps you evaluate your own singing abilities.

Top 5 Karaoke Apps to Learn Singing

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Smule

Smule is good news for students of music. It is a community of over 50 million music lovers spread across the world. It boasts a library of over 10 million songs across multiple genres, making it one of the largest karaoke apps for Android. This makes it a suitable app for vocal training exercises, as well as some social fun. Users simply have to pick their favorite song and start singing to the tune. The online app offers customizable music categories for easy discovery of your favorite songs.

Smule allows you to sing the song all by yourself or join someone else's recording and sing with them. You can also record a duet or start a group recording for others to join. And if you like someone's voice, you can follow them and sing along to their songs. Popular international singers, such as Ed Sheeran, Lewis Capaldi, Luis Fonsi, Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato, are also on the platform. And, you can sing with them!

The pitch indicator is a great feature of this bestselling online Karaoke app. Sing on the correct pitch to hit the flowing blue bars, that add points to your singing. And if you miss the pitch sometimes, automatic pitch correction (autotune) smoothens out your vocal errors your voice. Add audio as well as visual effects to your recordings with Smule.

There are incentives and prizes to be won too. Every time you hit the right vocal chord with your singing, you win virtual or real prizes with this application. Other features include the exchange of messages with your friends, singing live on the platform, and Facebook compatibility.

Sing Free Karaoke

A free Karaoke app - yep, you read that right. This app is completely free to use, no questions asked. What's even more attractive is that there are no in-app purchases, unlike most Karaoke apps, that require you to pay to access certain features. The downside of the app being free is that its features are limited, although your basic course is covered in the Karaoke experience.

Record your voice along with the tune, while separately controlling the volume of the music. Store all your recorded songs in one place. Mark your favorite songs for easy access. This free app sources karaoke videos from YouTube, so the videos come with the lyrics. Use the voice commands to search for songs.

Sign up for online music theory classes to consolidate your understanding of music.

Karaoke for Kids

Kids bring up a majority of students taking online singing classes. Most singers start young and they look for teachers who can offer basic courses to start with. Teaching young students to sing along to a tune from an early age has its perks.

Karaoke for Kids allows young students to sing along to some well-known nursery rhymes. It offers both instrumental as well as voice audio tracks, allowing students to learn more by listening to, reading, and singing the lyrics of the rhymes.

Users can save their recordings and even share them with friends and families over email. The fascinating system navigation sounds of this app are also an attractive feature, designed to cheer up young students, making Karaoke for Kids one of the best apps for kids learning to sing.

TuneWiki

Technically a music player application, launched in 2007, TuneWiki allows users to scroll through the lyrics and sing along at the same time. This makes it an ideal app for serious singers to practice their vocal technique, as well as for entertainment (for causal singers).

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One of the biggest advantages of TuneWiki is that it is a multilingual platform, enabling users to find content in various languages and use it for free. The interface is easy to use, making it one of our top picks for entertainment and music training purposes.

Voloco

Another great karaoke app, Voloco is essentially a real-time voice-processing app that combines automatic tuning, harmony, and vocoding. This master combination enables singers to correct their voice based on the genre and note of the music.

How It Works

  1. Pick a song from your device's music library.
  2. Sing along with it and record a selfie video, if you wish to.
  3. Select from dozens of vocal effect presets to tune and polish your voice.
  4. Edit your recordings with different types of mixers, equalizers, and vocal effects.
  5. Crop the track to remove unwanted parts.
  6. Share your performances in audio or video with others or post them on social media.
  7. Export only your vocals, in case you want to finish your mix with another app.

Karaoke websites are designed to be fun, whether you choose to sing along, or simply choose to be part of the experience. However, we recommend taking part in the singing to make it an even more memorable event for you.

When we sing, our body releases hormones that cause us to be happy.

Singing is a talent not everybody is blessed with. If you have it, use Karaoke sessions to hone it to perfection. As already mentioned, India has a great pool of singing talent. Only a handful get the exposure and the opportunity to showcase it. Karaoke apps are a blessing for those who want to show the world their real talent in singing by sharing their performances on online social media.

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Shreyanjana

Shreyanjana is an archaeologist who ironically finds the written word to be the most powerful means of storytelling. A travel buff and a photography enthusiast, she has been writing and sharing stories of all sorts ever since she can remember.