Is there a secret to singing vibrato?
There certainly is. But it’s probably not what you think.
Here’s the thing. Vibrato is a skill. It’s also a skill that any singer can develop. Unfortunately many singers will never experience their natural vibrato because one of two reasons.
Reason number 1… They don’t think it’s possible to develop a vibrato. They think that vibrato is a natural skill, and if you aren’t born with it, you can’t acquire it.
Reason number 2… They don’t know the exercises that will allow the development of an excellent vibrato.
I’m here to tell you that firstly, the first reason is BOGUS. Every singer has what it takes to develop an EXCELLENT vibrato. While vibrato can and does occur naturally in some singers, most people have to work for it.
And thousands upon thousands of singers have done just that! Myself included. There was a time when I didn’t have the slightest clue how to sing with vibrato.
Today however, I have an excellent vibrato that I can control as easily as turning on a tap.
In this article I want to tell you exactly how I did this.
There is a big secret to singing vibrato. Would you like to know what it is?
I thought so. :-)
Here’s the thing. The big secret is to realize that developing vibrato is just like developing any other skill.
It’s simply a matter of practicing certain singing exercises that can teach you what it feels like to sing with vibrato. Once you get a “feel” for vibrato, you can then revisit it whenever you like.
If we examine what vibrato actually is in it’s most basic form, it becomes clear that developing a great vibrato isn’t impossible.
Vibrato is a simple oscillation of pitch. What this means is if were singing an A and then you slid up to an A#, and then back down to an A again, and then back up to A#...
... And if you did this quickly, at a rate of about 4-5 cycles per second, you’d be singing with vibrato.
Try doing this right now. Sing an easy note in your vocal range. Then try singing up to the next note, then back down to the original note.
Try to do this slowly, and then begin working at speeding up the cycle.
If you practice this each day for 15 minutes or so, you will find it quite easy to speed up the cycle to at least 4 cycles per second within a week or two.
As you can see, the secret to singing vibrato is that there is no secret!
Vibrato is simply a skill, and by practicing the right singing exercises, you will quickly develop this skill.
The exercise I’ve just given you is a very basic one. There are much more sophisticated exercises available, although they require audio demonstrations, otherwise they will just confuse you!
You can get many excellent exercises in the free course On this page. In the course you will find many exercises that uncover the secret to singing vibrato that will help you quickly develop a stunning vibrato.
Other than that, keep practicing the simple “pitch oscillation” singing exercises that I described earlier. Keep trying to speed up the oscillations and you will soon have a vibrato to be proud of!