How To Sing Vibrato
We all love that natural wave of vibrato that our favourite singers are able to conjure up at will, but how to sing vibrato if you’re not naturally gifted with a naturally good singing voice? This tutorial will show you how to sing vibrato with easy steps while ensuring that you are actually singing with natural vibrato instead of a forced and nasty tremolo or trillo sound.
Learning how to sing vibrato is a key skill for any serious singer, and takes time and patience to develop. As vibrato is a natural function of your voice and can’t be created via manipulation or contortion, it’s important to first understand what Vibrato is and then put the right steps in place to ensure your voice releases into the beautiful and relaxed sound we know as Vibrato.
What is vibrato?
Vibrato is a natural oscillation of your vocal folds that results in frequency cycles around a central pitch. In essence, your pitch stays the same, but the vibration occurring around this pitch becomes wider and more resonant as you relax and release into a well-placed tone. On the flipside, tremolo is a forced change in pitch, amplitude or even movement of the larynx or diaphragm caused by bad habits and poor vocal technique.
If you want to learn how to sing vibrato, you must first build a healthy foundation first so that you achieve a relaxed and centred tone. I often remind my own students that their singing voice is only ever going to be as strong as the foundation they build first. Vibrato is a direct reflection on your vocal health and can only be achieved with proper vocal technique and true release in your registers.
How to sing with vibrato
Vibrato occurs as a result of healthy technique and isn’t in itself a trick or technique, but rather a reflection on how happy and healthy your voice is as a whole. Many singers fake their vibrato with tremolo and mask an underlying issue with their singing that ultimately effects their vocal health. I like to think of Vibrato as positive feedback from the voice that you’re on the right track and you’re making the right choices as a singer.
Using the following steps you will learn how to sing vibrato in a simple and easy manner:
- Diaphragmatic Breathing
- Vowel shaping
- Register release
- Middle Voice
- Strain release
By following this process of healthy technique, you ultimately set up your voice to develop with a natural vibrato as the end result – remember, vibrato isn’t a technique or trick, it is the result of healthy singing technique.
As you can see, vibrato is easy to develop – but you must first make sure you have built a strong foundation and that your singing voice is healthy and free of strain. A great place to start is the free foundations short courses available at Bohemian Vocal Studio, and then when you’re ready to take your voice to the next level with professional voice coaching you can book a Skype Session and we’ll get started learning how to sing vibrato!