How to Achieve Vibrato

True professionals sing with vibrato. Learn the keys to this impressive vocal technique with these tips.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Sing with your mouth rounded. This will help the sound resonate off of the top of your palate at the roof of your mouth. It will open your sinuses, produce a louder tone, and allow the sound to vibrate naturally.
  • FACT: The vocal cords of a soprano singing a high C collide 1,047 times per second.
  • Step 2: Practice scales, pressing your diaphragm upwards to push air upward and project your voice. Put one hand on your abdominal region and lightly press to get the feel of using your diaphragm. Take deep breaths.
  • Step 3: Stick out your tongue and retract it again during warm-ups. The same muscle in the esophagus that controls this action also controls vibrato. Practice moving this muscle while you sing, no matter how it sounds at first.
  • TIP: Don't push or force air through your vocal cords to produce a loud sound when singing, which creates pressure against vocal folds and may damage your vocal cords.
  • Step 4: Place one hand right below your rib cage and take a deep breath in through your nose. As you exhale slowly through your mouth, you should feel your diaphragm contract. Take 10 deep breaths like this to warm up your diaphragm.

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