How to sing vibrato
Vibrato is a result of healthy tone production and well coordinated singing technique – you can’t “train” vibrato, rather, you need to “develop” vibrato by way of healthy singing technique and a release of any strain.
Not to be confused with tremolo (a rapid, repeated change in pitch), Vibrato is a natural oscillation of the vocal folds, resulting in a rich, ‘vibrating’ soundwave, associated with an excellent singing voice.
But I want to sing with vibrato NOW!
Alright, alright – I get it, vibrato is incredible, and it’s the sign of a ‘great’ singer, so why can’t you just jump to vibrato and skip everything else? Well, like alot of aspects of singing, it requires time, and proverbial building blocks that build your technique the more you train your voice. That being said, here is THE most effective way to develop vibrato in your voice:
Step #1 – Posture and breathing
Vibrato isn’t so much a ‘technique’ as it is a result of technique – learn to sing with a proper posture and diaphragmatic breathing setup and you’ll be heading in the right direction. If you’re struggling with your breathing, you can book a session with me personally and sign up to my complimentary short course which covers the building blocks of your voice, posture, breathing and resonance.
Step #2 – Middle Voice
Learning to sing with a ‘mix’ or ‘middle’ tonality is a huge step towards a healthy vibrato – if you’re pushing chest voice, or you’re letting your voice go into a weak and airy ‘head’ too early, then vibrato has no way to release and oscillate in a naturally manner. Remember, you should always be moving towards the next vocal register at any given point in your range, not singing ‘in’ a vocal register exclusively…
Step #3 – Vowel Positions (aka Vowel Modification)
Wow, if I had have been show vowel placement from day one – I can only imagine how much quicker my voice would have developed. Fortunately for you, Vowel Positions is a concept that I have actually developed myself out of the classical approach of Vowel Modification – rather than thinking about an operatic “OOO” sound as you ascend in range, associating a position along the vocal tract with your pitch is a MUCH more practical way to build your range, and doesn’t leave you with that boring classical tone either!
Are you ready to work towards a powerful and beautiful natural vibrato? Book a session with me now and I’ll show you how I personally developed vibrato in my voice!
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Kegan DeBoheme is Bohemian Vocal Studio’s resident vocal coach and voice expert. He teaches professional singing and voice technique to students all around the world and enjoys providing tutorials like this one on how to improve your voice.