02-27-2013 11:09 PM
I'm having a very difficult time with this. I can sing well and hit high and low notes but vibrato is very hard for me. I've been trying to achieve vibrato for the past few months but it just doesn't happen. There was one time while I was practicing where I actually did a perfect vibrato and it felt amazing but I couldn't do it anymore after that one time. I've read and watched many videos and tried stuff like breathing with diaphragm and equally letting the air out to each note and relaxing/opening the throat but it just doesn't seem to work. Sometimes I might have a very weak and subtle vibrato but I'm trying to get a fuller vibrato. When I watch singers in KPOP for example, they seem to do it so easily but I don't know why I'm having such a hard time. Anyone have some special tips? Can you do vibrato? Did it come naturally or was there something you did that helped you achieve it?
02-28-2013 12:05 AM
I've experimented a lot with vibrato. There's actually quite a few ways to make vibrato. There's natural vibrato and there's "fake" vibrato. Some singers can have a natural vibrato by opening up and relaxing the throat and having steady breath support. Natural vibrato is quite subtle but produces a lot of overtones. There's some exercises that might help "develop" or "encourage" vibrato, such as practicing trills by alternating up and down by a whole tone, then gradually increase your speed. There are also some singers that use a wide wooble by bobbing their larynx up and down repeatedly (I wouldn't recommend this method though).
02-28-2013 12:14 AM
02-28-2013 12:32 AM - edited 02-28-2013 12:32 AM
It's possible to produce a natural vibrato regardless of "pushing for loudness" or singing at moderate or soft dynamics. In my own singing I noticed that when my breath management AND breath support are balanced with each other then my natural vibrato would become stronger. So in my opinion I feels like having a balance between two opposing actions. You push yet at the same time you're holding back.
02-28-2013 12:46 AM
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03-01-2013 09:22 PM
If you doing a natural vibrato then your throat needs to be still and stable. When I'm using my natural vibrato I feel and hear a lot of buzzing in my head as well as a pulsating sound. You also need to make sure your vocal cords are staying together in a good position as well; you have to adduct your cords but at the same time without over-squeezing. If you have a breathy tone or a pushed up/forced tone then I don't think the natural vibrato will come.
You could try to "fake" a vibrato by bobbing the larynx up and down repeatedly, but this sounds totally different from a real and natural vibrato.
03-02-2013 03:45 PM
I think recording is really essential for you to get better at just about anything you want to do. If you don't record yourself it is hard to pinpoint mistakes and work to correct them. When I was learning chess I recorded the moves, when I was bowling I recorded videos of me bowling, now I am doing the same for my vocals and it makes a huge difference in being able to get better rapidly.
One thing I will say though is that when you get a mic don't skimp out and get a cheap audio technica or something. Get a shure sm58 or something better. You will probably want to stick with a Dynamic Microphone as opposed to a condensor Microphone. Condensor Mics require phantom power which is something you may not have depending on the interface you get.
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03-03-2013 05:28 AM
Room acoustics are a big thing but you can control them. My recomendation would be to try and deaden the room. To do this I would pick a smaller room like a closet or bathroom. Then get some blankets and hang them on the walls. You basically are trying to absorb as much sound as possible in the room. Hard smooth surfaces are reflective and echo, soft textured surfaces absorb the sound..
03-10-2013 07:02 PM - edited 03-10-2013 07:06 PM
Vibrato comes easy to me,,,,however I STARTED singing vibrato back in my teens when I tried to emulate Johnny Mathis. I don't know how to explain doing it if you're having trouble singing that way, other than maybe find a singer you like that sings in that fashion and sing with them trying to "sound like them". There are vocal warm up exercises that sound like an alarm that help with vibrato.
03-10-2013 10:06 PM - edited 03-10-2013 10:51 PM
Vibrato is invoking a muscular pattern that goes between two semi-tones. The function is as simple as changing between two pitches, however you have to find the 'pattern' that let's you do it quickly. Best way to look for that pattern is by practicing vibrato in your falsetto or head voice.
Now there's finding vibrato, but there is also applying vibrato. Vibrato can ONLY occur when the vocal tract is relaxed. It will never occur when the vocal tract isn't relaxed. If vibrato stops at a certain point, it means your tract isn't relaxed.
Also, places of undeveloped cord closure will always be a falsetto vibrato. If you want to have a full voiced vibrato at places where you break into falsetto, you would have to develop good cord closure first. Without knowing how to train cord closure for your higher notes, the best thing you could to is to keep your throat as open as possible. That's the best way to get some vibrato in that situation.
03-11-2013 06:46 PM
It is very important to sing with vibrato in classical singing but otherwise it may not be as urgent as you think. I have a lot of vibrato when I sing because if I don't my teacher gets upset. Also having vibrato means I'm singing correctly (for classical at least). But also like the others above mentioned, especially Davie, your vibrato will come naturally if your throat is relaxed and learning to always sing with a relaxed larynx is very important. You said you sing with a relaxed throat but you may not know how to check.
One of my teachers would have me slowly rotate my head in a circle while singing so that I couldn't tighten up. Try that. Also, if your larynx moves up or down you are using too many throat muscles unnecessarily. The vibrato comes from the diaphragm pulsing. It's not something you should make happen. It will just happen after many weeks or months of trying to sing relaxed. Singing from the diaphragm takes a lot of practice. Vibratto comes naturally from correct breathing, posture, and such. Make sure you're breathing deeply (you're stomach should expand) rather than shallow breathing (your shoulders will move. If your shoulders are moving, you're doing it wrong). Don't expect it to happen over night.
Hoped that helped.
03-15-2013 12:14 AM
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