- Written by Mr. Rod Marks
In your journey to learn how to sing you will find a number of important vocal techniques, each of which will increase your power of impress the audience. One of the most important vocal techniques for you to learn is the vibrato.
If you want to master the vibrato technique, you will need to apply some of these simple and straightforward approaches. Keep reading...
What is Vibrato?
The voice vibrato is an effect that consists of a pulse and regular pitch change. The vibrato adds expression to the vocal and is characterized by depth and speed of the pitch.
It may seem difficult to create a pitch pulse on vocals, but with time it becomes a subconscious ability.
Best Approach to Learning Vibrato
Like any skill, the most important is not to give up. We are in the age of immediacy, where we want "everything yesterday", but a subconscious ability can’t be developed from night to day. Use a simple approach every day and soon you will have great results.
So the best approach for you beginner singer who wants mastering vibrato is to start slowly. When you start training to sing vibrato, try changing the pitch slowly. Keep control of your vocal tuning is essential for your development.
Try Listening to Some Opera Singer
There is a lot of opera pieces that can be watched live or on YouTube. You can train your ears to the different vibrato styles and ways to apply it in your presentations. Modeling from the great masters of music always brings good results for beginner musicians.
Although many experienced singers can start singing without exercising their vocal cords, it is recommended that you exercise your voice before you start practicing vibrato.
Here's an exercise you can do before you start practicing vibrato.
You will sing any song you are comfortable to sing, and can be in any note. In this case no matter what note you will use to sing this song, because it's just an exercise to train the vibrato.
While you are singing, gently tap on your chest about two or three times per second. Yes, if you recalled that intermittent sound of weeping dolls, then you are on the right track.
Of course, this is an exercise that will help you understand how your voice sounds with a vibrato. However, it is worth force that vibrato by a few dozen times. Repetition is the mother of learning.
After this initial approach, we can go for an exercise in which we try to create the vibrato effect, by pulsing the abdominal muscles.
The diaphragm, which is the set of muscles responsible for inflating your lungs, is the point that should be pulsed. Try to focus this pulsation in the region that is about four fingers above your navel. This muscle group able to create vibrato is there, involving your vital organs.
Continue singing your favorite song while trying to activate and control your vibrato muscles.
For now that's it. Learning vibrato is a journey of discovery and personal growth. Stay tuned, because we'll talk more about vocal techniques here at the Home Studio Start.