Updated: Jun 24, 2022
Singers and audiences love vibrato. It makes you sound more professional instantly - even if you're not. And it's the embellishment every singer wishes they could master naturally (even if they say they don't).
In this video I demonstrate how to develop a beautiful, rolling vibrato, using a technique I learned from Greg Enriquez. Greg was the protogée of Seth Griggs, who created the Speech Level Singing technique used by Let It Go singer Idina Menzel, and who taught Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, among others. Greg has taught celebrities including Courtney Love and Paul McCartney.
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So what exactly is vibrato? Here is the description I have adapted from my free interactive ebook Accelerate Your Singing:
Vibrato is a rapid variation in pitch whereby a sound flutters between two notes. It's an advanced embellisment that creates a stronger, richer tone. It can be performed on all acoustic instruments, including the voice.
A lot of emphasis is placed on vibrato by non-singers when judging whether a singer is “good”. To an untrained ear, most vibrato is usually considered to be the sign of good singing.
However, inexperienced singers can be tempted to add a false vibrato by creating a sound similar to sheep or goats. A bad vibrato technique can cause problems which can take longer to fix.
Natural vocal vibrato occurs when we are relaxed and using correct singing technique.
The rapidity in false vibrato differs depending on the manipulation of the instrument. The following are all types of vocal vibrato:
Laryngeal vibrato: this happens when singers move their larynx up and down. This is fatiguing; the larynx should remain stable as much as possible when we sing.
Vocal trill: this happens when the voice is manipulated to move a semitone up or down from the desired pitch. This often means that the tone is initiated a semitone up or down and the desired pitch is “corrected” by vibrato.
Vocal wobble: this produces a slower paced pitch variation. It can be widely heard in pop music of the 1960s, particularly in younger female singers.
Diaphragmatic vibrato: this is the result of deliberately pulsing the diaphragm to cause a false vibrato."
Using the tutorial video above you will be able to develop a beautiful vibrato in just s few weeks.
The information here is adapted from my first, interactive ebook Accelerate Your Singing. Click the pic below to download your copy now!