Rock Stars on the Road

Rock Stars on the Road

Fasten your seatbelts, loosen your vocal cords and sing your way to the ultimate family trip with our 7 golden tips.

Tip #1: Numbers Matter

Remember the viral carpool karaoke videos on YouTube? The ones that are most fun always have four people in the car. If you’re a family of three, grab a relative who lives to sing and make it a surprise by unexpectedly breaking into song!

Tip #1: Numbers Matter
Tip #2: Look Ma, no GPS!

Tip #2: Look Ma, no GPS!

Be it the beach or the zoo, decide on a destination and get there without using the GPS. Having to pay attention to onboard navigation draws your focus away from the singing and hence the fun. What’s more, a wrong turn or two might just be the cue for a dramatic encore.

Tip #3: Ease into the Groove

Resist going full soprano on your first song. To hit the high notes, first warm up with a feel-good, mid-tempo ditty that eases you up the range. Still not getting it? Here’s a clever shortcut to get your vocals soaring in no time — modify the vowels of words where the high notes happen. As one expert notes, “Even non-singers instinctively know they can go higher if they shout ‘whoo-hoo’ rather than ‘ah-ha’. Use closed vowel sounds such as ‘oo’ or ‘ee’ when singing higher scales.”

Tip #3: Ease into the Groove
Tip #4: Pick an Earworm

Tip #4: Pick an Earworm

Some songs are so catchy they camp inside your head. With that in mind, pick these tunes and everyone — including grandma — will have an easier time remembering the lyrics and singing along. (Afterwards, we take no responsibility for annoying the family with your incessant humming.)

Tip #5: Plan for a Pit Stop

Most concerts have a short break in the middle, so why not yours? Stop at a Caltex, refuel your car and refresh your throat with honey-infused drinks from Caltex Star Mart.

Tip #5: Plan for a Pit Stop
Tip #6: Go Wild With Words

Tip #6: Go Wild With Words

You’re getting hungry? Instead of sticking to the lyrics, belt out: I’M… GONNA EAT… ALL THE CHICKEN RICE… ALL THE CHICKEN RICE…

Everyone breaks out in laughter and you’re suddenly the funniest mum/dad on earth.

Tip #7: End on a High Note

As your destination nears, wrap up with an epic song. With everyone in full chorus and the windows wound down, exchange waves, smiles and high-fives with other folks in the parking lot.

Tip #7: End on a High Note

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