When you are able to make vibrato flow effortlessly in your voice, that means something really great is happening. It means that you have strong technique along with proper sound placement, proper breathing, proper body alignment, and you have been able to release tension.
Basically, vibrato is a sign of excellent vocal technique. However, there are ways of doing it wrong- you don’t want to imitate vibrato, you want it to be real.
Naturally Producing Vibrato: Tips for Singing Vibrato
Following are the steps to naturally produce vibrato:
Start by opening the back of your throat, which can be done by yawning. Then, try to keep that yawning feeling in your mouth and throat as you sing. Try to learn how to imitate that feeling without yawning.
Singing well- with vibrato- is mostly about being open and relaxed. If you close off your throat, you will find that the noise is not going to flow and you won’t have a warm and rich tone.
You may be able to produce a few notes, but overall, your range will be cut off.
Next, you need to relax your muscles- if you’re not relaxed you won’t be able to produce vibrato. If you are relaxed and avoid straining your voice, it will come naturally.
Shake out tension in your body from your ankles to your wrists. Do some neck circles to stretch out the sides. Get your body loose on the outside so that you can avoid tension on the inside.
This also includes the muscles in your head and face, such as your tongue and jaw. They should not be doing much work at all, regardless of whether you are singing with vibrato or not.
You should also make sure that you are breathing properly- which means you need to be standing with proper posture. In order to master proper breath flow, you must maintain good posture by standing with one foot slightly in front of the other and your back, neck, and head aligned.
On the other hand, if you are sitting while you sing, you must sit on the edge of your chair with your back straight and head facing forward. You should never look down, even if you are reading music.
Make sure that you are singing from your diaphragm. Start by taking a deep breath into your core, making sure that your shoulders don’t rise and your diaphragm sinks. When you are singing a note, you should concentrate on it cycling in front of you.
Proper singing really is not work. If you feel like you’re having to force out a sound, then you’re not doing it correctly. Vibrato is very natural- if it’s not there, don’t force it.
This just means that you need to focus on some other aspects of singing first. Vibrato is something that comes last- the icing on the cake.
Make sure that you keep your breath even and steady. It’s easy to forget to breathe or breathe inconsistently when singing. In order to produce the sound you want to, make sure that the amount of air you produce is steady.
If not, you will find that your vibrato will wobble. If your breath is not even, your vibrato will either speed up or slow down- both of which you need to avoid.
You should keep your vibrato subtle- you’ve probably heard some singers who have such a strong vibrato that it takes over the song. It won’t stop and can be a bit distracting. You don’t want to be this kind of singer.
Vibrato is much better when it’s natural and light. Plus, you need to be aware of when it’s appropriate, which is most definitely not all the time. Think about it: if you sing a song in a straight tone, that’s not aurally interesting.
However, if you sing a song entirely in vibrato, that’s not interesting either. So, switch it up- use it when you feel it should be used.
Make sure that you master other parts of music first if necessary. Vibrato is just not natural for some people. If you are one of these people, don’t beat yourself up over it.
In fact, many of the professionals actually fake it or do it wrong. Vibrato is basically trendy more than anything else. However, just continue to work on your singing ant it will come once you have built a solid technique.
Instead, focus on your timbre and resonance. Over time, you will develop the proper habits for singing and be able to place the sounds properly in your mouth- and vibrato will spill out.