12 easy steps for the ultimate vibrato

12 easy steps for the ultimate vibrato

Vibrato is the enhancement of the tone that every human voice can produce.While some may assume they can't, the truth is that they can with proper voice technique, education, and expert criticism. Realizing what vibrato is can help you improve your technique.

12 Simple Exercises for Singing Vibrato

1. Diaphragmatic Vibrato

We'll start with a couple of exercises that aren't real vibrato. They will, however, assist you in locating the loudness changes we hear in vibrato. So, as you're completing them, just concentrate on the changes in your breathing. The Diaphragm Pulse is the first exercise. Pulsating the diaphragm does not produce real vibrato. However, if you're new to vibrato, it's sometimes helpful to merely gain a feel for the alternating breath required. Let's begin with a diaphragmatic pulse.

Here's how it's done:

  • With one hand, make a fist.

  • With your other hand, cover the fist.

  • Place your hands an inch over your belly button while maintaining this position.

  • Take a deep breath and sing the vowel "ee" (as in "eat") on a comfortable pitch (try E3 for men and B3 for women)

  • Push your hands on your abdomen in and out quickly while humming the pitch, as if you're giving yourself CPR.

2. The Beggar's Pulse

The only way to produce the fluctuating breath required for vibrato is to physically press into your diaphragm. Another approach to alternate your breath without touching your tummy is to do the Beggar's Pulse.

Here's how it's done:

  • Interlace your fingers in front of you as though you're asking for something.

  • Take a deep breath and sing the vowel "ee" in a relaxed tone (E3 for men and B3 for women)

  • Shake your interlaced hands in front of your body while singing the tune.

  • Repeat at a rate of around 6 cycles per second.

3. Vibrato of the "Jaws" Theme

Do you recall the theme song from the film "Jaws"?

The melody in the theme song progresses from the initial note to a minor second interval (just a half step on a keyboard). Then there's the melody, which is getting faster and faster. To increase that swaying, let's utilize this melody as a vibrato singing practice.

Here's how to do it:

  • Take a diaphragmatic breath and hum a pleasant "mm" sound (as if you've just eaten something nice) (E3 for men and B3 for women)

  • Begin humming a half step higher to the second note (F3 for men and C4 for women). It should sound like the Jaws music.

  • As quickly as you can, switch between your initial note and the second note.

  • Try to "let go" of singing the interval once you've mastered this tune and see if you can get the first note to waver.

  • Don't worry if you don't hear vibrato straight immediately.

  • Just focus on maintaining a steady pulse.

  • See if you can get the same trembling feeling on the first note as you practice.

  • Don't worry if you don't have access to a piano.

4 Prime the Pump

Keep in mind that vibrato is a small change in pitch below and above the one you're singing. We worked on identifying the vibrato in the previous exercise by signing up for a minor second and then returning.

Here's how it's done:

  • Take a deep breath and hum a comfortable "mm" sound (try G3 for men and D4 for women)

5. Happy Birthday Vibrato

To get their vibrato going, some people need a longer interval than a minor second. To get the vibrato spinning in this exercise, we'll utilize a major second interval. The major second interval is the same as the one heard at the start of the song "Happy Birthday."

Let's have a look at the first three notes:

  • "Congratulations on your birthday!"

  • That's a significant fraction of a second.

  • Let's use this interval to start spinning our vibrato.

  • This is how you do it:

  • Take a deep breath and sing a comfortable "ee" vowel (try E3 for men and G3 for women)

  • Begin moving up a whole step to the second note (F#3 for males, A3 for women). The initial notes of "Happy Birthday" should be heard.

  • On "ee," switch back and forth as quickly as you can between your initial note and the second note. Once you've mastered singing these two pitches fast, try "letting go" of the interval and observe if the tone will wobble. Try an "ooh" instead of the "ee" vowel if you're having difficulties locating the vibration. Don't worry if you don't have access to a piano.

6Ghost Vibrato

We've largely been experimenting with pitch fluctuations in the lower part of your voice up until this point. It's now time to experiment with vibrato at a higher range.

It's as simple as this:

  • Take a deep breath and imitate a ghost trying to scare someone in a haunted house by saying "ooh."

  • Make that "ooh" tremble and frighten you.

  • Now, in your head voice or falsetto, sing the ghostly "ooh" sound on a pleasant note (maybe A4 for men and E5 for women).

7. The Silent "H" Vibrato

We know that vibrato involves breath and pitch variations, so let's direct the vibrato in the direction we want it to go.

This is how you do it.

  • Sing a rising 5-Tone scale on the word "Hee" (like "he's singing") while taking a diaphragmatic breath. using a pitch that is easy to understand as a starting point (Try D3 for guys and A3 for girls)

  • When you reach the fifth note in the scale, hold it for a few seconds, pretending to sing numerous "He"s on the top note.

8. Fee Vibrato

A consonant "H" isn't the only way to pulse the breath required for spinning vibrato. An "F" consonant will also suffice. It may also be beneficial for vocalists who have difficulty singing louder near the bottom of their range.

Here's how it's done:

  • Take a diaphragmatic breath and sing an ascending 5-Tone scale with a comfortable beginning pitch on the word "Fee" (like "fever") (Try D3 for guys and A3 for girls)

  • Maintain the top note of the scale, emphasizing the consonant "F."

9. The Shush Vibrato

Have you ever had to stifle someone who was being excessively loud? Have you ever noticed how much air escapes your mouth when you say "sh"? Let's make use of that sound with the "Shush Vibrato" exercise.

This is how you do it:

  • Take a diaphragmatic breath and sing an ascending octave scale using a comfortable beginning pitch (try F#3 for boys and C#4 for girls) on the phrase "She" (like "she's singing beautifully").

  • Repeat the top note four times, then hold the fourth repetition for a long period.

  • Allow yourself to "let go" of the sustained note and let it spin as you sustain the fourth note.

10. The High Hee Vibrato

On those high notes, using the "sh" consonant isn't the only method to get vibrato whirling. A consonant with the letter "H" can also assist.

Here's how it's done:

  • Take a breath and sing an ascending octave scale using a comfortable beginning pitch (try F#3 for boys and C#4 for gals) on the word "He" (like "he's singing well").

  • Repeat the top note four times, then hold the fourth repetition for a long period. Try to "let go" of the last note and let it spin as you sustain it.

11. Vibrato with a High Fee

This is roughly the same as the "High Hee Vibrato" exercise from the previous session. If you're having trouble singing the "Hee" in the last exercise, this might help.

Here's how it's done:

  • Take a deep breath and sing an ascending octave scale on the word "Fee" (as in "fever") at an acceptable beginning pitch (F#3 for boys, C#4 for girls).

  • Repeat the top note four times, then hold the fourth repetition for a long period.

  • Let go of the fourth note and let it spin after you've sustained it.

  • On the top note, you should hear a clear spinning vibrato.

12. The Foo Vibrato

For vocalists who shriek or strain on higher notes in their range, the "ee" vowel we utilized in the preceding exercises may not work. Don't worry, we've got the perfect solution for you. The vowel "ooh" can assist in loosening things up.

Here's how it's done:

  • Take a deep breath and sing an ascending octave scale on the word "Foo" (as in "food") with a comfortable beginning pitch (F#3 for boys, C#4 for girls).

  • Repeat the top note four times, then hold the fourth repetition for a long period.

  • "Let go" of the sustained note and let it spin once you've sustained the fourth note.

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