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Ep 60 How to Get Vibrato – 5 Different Ways

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Ep.60:How to Get Vibrato – 5 Different Ways

If you don’t have vibrato in your voice, I’m going to show you 5 different ways to help you get vibrato.

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Hi! I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing.

For various reasons, many of us just don’t have vibrato.

Here are 5 ways to get vibrato. The idea is to introduce to your nervous system the feeling of vibrato. It won’t be a natural vibrato yet. It’ll feel fake and artificial at first. But it will be the beginning of a natural vibrato.

Like learning to ride a bicycle, someone helps you balance as you ride. When you feel your balance they let go and you ride on your own. You repeat that, riding further each time.

Then it happens. You feel the natural balance take over and you don’t fall. You ride and keep your balance because your muscles feel the balance and do it themselves.

With vibrato, eventually the neurons in and around your vocal cords will feel the fluctuations you’re making and will take over and do it themselves without any help from you.

These exercises may feel as awkward as first learning to ride your bike. Soon you won’t have to make vibrato happen. Your vocal cords will just do it on their own.

How to Get Vibrato #1

Clasp your hands and shake them in front of you as you hold out a note. You will feel vibrato in your voice. Do it several times as you hold out the note. Do it long enough to feel it. Then do it again, but stop shaking your hands while you continue making the feeling of vibrato in your voice. [Demo]

How to Get Vibrato #2

Make a sound with your voice like you hear when your car battery’s going dead. Hum the pulse in your voice like this. [Demo] It should sound like your car isn’t starting.

Start very slow and gradually get faster and faster. [Demo] Instead of humming, make the same feeling and sound but with a “Uh”. [Demo] Don’t go so fast that you lose the pulsing feeling. Slow it down if you need to get that pulse going again…then gradually speed up. Keep practicing this until you can go fast.

If your vocal cords jump in and take over, let them! Do it again and let them take over again. Be sure to hold the note long enough for the vocal cords to find their balance and rhythm. [Demo]

How to Get Vibrato #3

Pick two notes that are comfortably in your range. Not to high or too low. For men try D3 to E3. For women try B Flat-3 to Middle C.

On the vowel “e” sing B flat to C back and forth, slowly at first. Do it slow to get the note right. Gradually get faster. But only as fast as you can do it without losing the steady alternating feeling.

Slow it down if you need to find the alternating rhythm again. Gradually speed up until the vocal cords take over the alternating themselves. They will want to do it faster so let them. If you lose it, start the process again. [Demo]

How to Get Vibrato #4

On a descending 5 tone scale say the word “She”. For men start on the A3 and go down the scale to D3. Women start at E above middle C and go down to the A3.

Say “She” on each note. On the bottom note repeat the word “She” quickly 5 times and hold it. Pulse “she” on the “E” vowel. This has the same pulsing feeling as the previous exercises. [Demo]

How to Get Vibrato #5

This exercise may be best used after you start feeling vibrato. On an Octave Repeat scale say the word “she”. Men start on B Flat 2. Women start on G3 or A3. Say “she” on each note and repeat the word “She” 4 times and hold it as you pulse the “E” vowel. [Demo]


Do you know your vocal type? I’m not talking about whether you are soprano, alto, tenor or bass. Your vocal type is what you tend to do when your sing.

Visit PowerToSing.com and take the vocal test, which I call the PowerTest. Take the quiz and discover your vocal type. Then visit the Knowledge Center and watch the videos about your vocal type and download the free vocal exercises.

These exercises are designed to balance your voice and make getting and improving vibrato easier.

I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing. You can sing higher with beauty, confidence and power.

I’ll see you inside the next video.


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40 thoughts on “Ep 60 How to Get Vibrato – 5 Different Ways”

  1. What do you mean D3 or when you use a number after the note name.  I’ve play a little guitar and I know about D7 or G7 but don’t understand the number 3?  Thank you!

  2. Hi Mr. Gillmore, Thank you for making these videos and giving singers like me the guidance needed in contemporary singing. I am from India and proper guidance & resources on western contemporary singing is very hard to get. I can sustain and do vibrato comfortably, but I find it problematic to induce it in a phrase. Especially in parts where a vowel sound is first sustained for a bit then moving into vibrato. Also, does the pace of the vibrato depends on the tempo with which I’m singing?, sometimes certain frequencies don’t seem to sit properly in the phrase and seems out of sync with the music. Thank you again

  3. At last, after more than 10 vid tutorial on vibrato from couple of months, ur vid give me the initial feeling. I start with ur Method-1 then found that the Method-3 suit me better. I’m curious why making vibrato with E is easier than A (many vid use Aaaa as sample)

  4. I`ve been struggling for many years to get a vibrato and sing well… I always sang duets with my sister, since we were little kids, and she sings pretty well, but I am an alto and always thought it was very difficult for me to develop vibrato..
    Singing classes where I live are very very expansive, so I searched all over for vibrato techniques, and I found many explanations etc, but never exercises that would really help me….
    this last year I`ve been trying on my own.. I kind of got it hahaha but just in high notes… and sometimes I lose it..
    I`ve never found a video lesson like this in my language, so today I decided to search in English, and foud your video!
    thank you sooooo mcuh! I can`t thank you enough!

  5. I’m working to get my vibrato back. I had it back in high school when I was singing in the Chamber Choir. It just snuck up on me. I was singing and my voice/vocal chords just slipped into a vibrato. I stopped singing as it startled me! The person in front of me even turned around and looked at me. I guess he thought something was wrong since I stopped singing so abruptly. I lost it after High School.

  6. Sir, thank you very much for your selfless, dedicated work toward singing lovers
    I am from India watched all video and learnt so much
    I am running 67 years but passing with your music video all the day
    I have stated one music club our 110 members everyday watch your video from YouTube
    Hope to learn with fun

  7. OMFG I’VE FINALLY FOUND THE BEST SINGING TEACHER ON YOUTUBE FOR MEEEEE~~~~Eeee!!! The rest are all talk and they’re already good singers to begin with! YOU’RE THE BEEE~~~Eeeestest CHUCK!!!!

  8. It feels so strange. I’m trying to get a vibrato for almost half a year now. I don’t know why I can’t get this. Maybe, that’s kinda my feeling, I’m afraid of it? Because I never did something like this with my voice and I sang with too much pressure, I now am not able to get a vibrato easily..?
    I really think that I’m kinda scared of it, no matter how weird it sounds😅

  9. i’m gonna try this from now and after 2 week i’ll update my status 😄
    my vocals are strong i could sing well but i dont have vibrato 😐

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