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    Default How to Vibrato (Beginner's Guide)

    Vibrato adds a touch of class to your voice everytime you switch it on... Controlling the vibrato is one of the best feelings you can have.

    When vibrato is flowing effortlessly in your voice it means that something good is happening. Vibrato is a sign of good vocal technique. Plus it sounds fudging fantastic!

    The chances are that once you master your singing vibrato, you will be able to connect with all areas of your voice, low and high. And your voice will most likely sound very balanced as well.

    So where does vibrato come from, and how can you develop an effortless vibrato?

    Vibrato happens when your voice shifts quickly between two pitches. So if you were to sing a middle C, and then a C# and then a C again, followed by a C# followed by a C, you would be singing with vibrato. All in one breath that is.

    The key to a great vibrato is the speed in which you change between the two pitches. When you practice vibrato enough, youíll be able to control the speed. Slow down if you want, speed up etc..

    (Below is taken from a website, I donít have the link anymore though.)

    Let's Do An Exercise To Get Your Singing Vibrato Happening!

    Here is a simple exercise that will allow you to see what singing vibrato feels like. Please understand that this is not a finished sound. It's an exaggerated version that will later be honed into something more usable.
    Here's how to do the exercise.
    1. Place your hands at the bottom of your chest and feel where your ribs come together in the middle. Now move your hands slightly below this point. (it's the soft area a few centermeters above your belly button)
    2. Now sing a note on one pitch in your easy range. Any note will do.
    3. As you're singing this note, push in gently with your hands. The key is to push in, then pull out, and push in, then pull out and so on. Try doing this at a rate of around 3 to 4 cycles a second.
    Listen to how your voice wavers in a singing vibrato like fashion.
    Now it probably sounds a little exaggerated at this point, but this exercise is just to get things going.
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    Breathe all the way down from your ankles, like filling a glass of water, the water is filled from the bottom up, not the top down.

    And now drop that jaw, and relax the throat, really relax it. Move your head SLOWLY from side to side if that helps. Now push the air out like you're yawning, or sneezing, or throwing up. But you don't want to push it all out at once. Instead you're using that force but blowing it out in a controlled fashion, as if through a straw.

    That's a lot to remember, so I'd say leave your throat out of the equation. Just sing from your belly and keep that throat relaxed. If you push hard enough from the stomach, your voice will start to get a natural spin to it. That's the force of the air on your vocal cords.

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    I hate to sound like a "know it all" but the C to C# comment isn't exactly true, or at least not in accordance with my music teacher. Apparently it's still singing one note, but hovering both slightly sharp and slightly flat of it, but not so much that it's off-pitch. So with a C, you'd sing the C, then alternate up and down slightly below C# and slightly above a B, never touching the C# or the B fully.

    *throws 2 cents into a tin can*

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    Yeah, spinning the voice so much that it would go a full half-step would sound very strange. I don't think spin has to be worried about so much though. If everything else is being done right, a nice natural spin will just happen. Then once you have experience you can control it a bit more.

    I can't stress enough how much the guidance of a proper voice teacher is needed if a singer wants to truly progress.

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    Vibrato has always been one of those nebulous topics for me. Unlike alot of people i dont' have vibrato naturally so, I have to really train myself to sing with it.

    I had a voice teacher who pushed on my abdomen to try to help me learn to do vibrato. The key is to have good air support in your voice.

    What about the singers who tend to move their jaw or use their vocal chords to make the variance in pitch? Is their technique wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by davoomac View Post
    What about the singers who tend to move their jaw or use their vocal chords to make the variance in pitch? Is their technique wrong?
    In a perfect world, you shouldn't move your jaw unless you need it for a consonant or to open wider to make room for higher notes.

    Vibrato comes from your larynx moving rocking back and forth ever so slightly, so nothing at all should be moving, or at least visibly moving. But in order for you to keep on-pitch with vibrato, you need a good foundation of breath support and breath control.

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    Your jaw should not be moving when you vibrato.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seth View Post
    Your jaw should not be moving when you vibrato.
    I just mention it because sometimes you see professional singers doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davoomac View Post
    I just mention it because sometimes you see professional singers doing it.
    Like Whitney Houston!

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    Quote Originally Posted by davoomac View Post
    I just mention it because sometimes you see professional singers doing it.
    Don't pick up their bad habbits.
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