Many of my clients have asked me to help them find their natural VIBRATO.
Vibrato is a complex issue. It has been defined as an oscillatory effect produced in singing by fluctuation in breath pressure or pitch. It is not a wobble it is a smooth constant pulse in the voice. Most professional singers have about 5-7 pulses per second.
Vibrato is as personal
as a singer's face.
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It is a healthy vibrato that counts!
Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Rush have a large vibrato while Sade has a very slight and finer vibrato.
Here are three tips that you can use to discover your own natural vibrato.
ONE: The Arm Drop
- Lift one of your arms above your head.
- Imagine that it weighs 200 pounds. It is extremely heavy.
- Inhale and breathe out on tone; and
- while singing the tone allow your "heavy" arm to drop down to the side.
You will hear the tone fluctuate and go into a natural vibrato when it slaps down against your leg.
The force of your arm dropping lets your body respond and release it's tension. Your throat responds accordingly.
This is a great exercise to let you HEAR what your natural vibrato sounds like.
TWO: Drop Into A Wall
Now, instead of letting your arm drop you are going to let your body drop forward into a wall.
- Stand a few inches in front of a wall.
- What you will be doing is creating a tone
while allowing your body to slightly fall towards the wall,
while catching yourself with your hands.
Get ready. Find a flat wall.
- Stand a few inches away from the wall, facing it.
- Inhale and create a tone.
- Hold the tone and allow your body to fall towards the wall while catching yourself with your hands.
Remember you need to catch yourself :-) You do not want a flattened nose.
As you release into the wall you will hear the natural vibrato come into your voice.
THREE: Awaken The Vibrato
A simple way to kick off and awaken the vibrato.
- Think of a police siren.
- Purse your lips and form a U
- Now imitate a police siren and see if you can hear the vibrato begin to appear.
- Be playful and feel like a kid again.
That's it. You did it. You have discovered how to find your natural vibrato.
Why should you make it a point of understanding vibrato? Because vibrato gives your voice
a natural release and keeps it in flow and healthy.
It expands the palette of resonance
It is easier for the audience to listen to. Straight tones and flat tones with no vibrato are harder to listen to over long periods of time.
It improves pitch.
Vibrato also helps with trills and runs.