How to Sing With Vibrato – Tenor Range

When your voice has vibrato, it is a good indicator that you’re creating good airflow with good support and have a sufficient amount of release around your vocal fold. Vibrato is not only a lovely addition to any vocalists performance practice, but can also help in furthering ones singing development.

In this video I got through several exercises that I use to help vocalists develop their vibrato. Whether you have a budding vibrato or are still singing purely with a straight tone, these exercises can help you add this expressive tool to your singing palate.

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12 thoughts on “How to Sing With Vibrato – Tenor Range”

  1. Hello, thanks for the video! I found I have vibrato around middle c and above although it is not very consistent, and also I cannot seem to get vibrato in the lower range of my chest voice. Will these exercises help develop my vibrato throughout my range??

    1. +Eric Yeo You’re welcome! I think I say this in the video, but vibrato is the natural consequence of a well aligned system. If you put your focus on well aligned vowels, sufficiently narrow for the range of your voice that you are in and also focus on airflow appropriate to the range that you are in the relationship between engagement (airflow) and vocal fold engagement (muscle tension in the larynx) will come into an equilibrium. It’s then that the oscillation will call vibrato will start and by noticing it you can encourage it to widen. If you force it, it will not only sound unnatural, but you will not reap the benefits generally associated with having a vibrato.

      To answer your question, though, yes. This video is meant to stay in a comfortable range so that your vibrato has an opportunity to develop. If you rush into the extremities of your range, you’re likely to use too much vocal fold engagement or modulate your airflow in order to create a vibrato, both of which are contrary to proper development. Given a little time and a gradual expansion of range, the vibrato will carry over in conjunction with your well aligned singing system.

      I hope that helps!!

      Jeff

    2. +Jeff Rolka I would like to thank you again for your exercises, I am starting to see a more consistent vibrato when i sing! At the same time I would like to ask about my pure head voice. When I try to sing high notes from c5-f5 in my connected head voice, only the muscles right under my throat and above my larynx start to tense up. Even when I have warmed up, these muscles will tense up, but the good thing is my tongue will still remain fairly relaxed. How can I get rid of this tension? Thanks Jeff 😉

    1. I struggled with vibrato until I started to improve my diaphragm muscles. Once I have much better control singing with my diaphragm, it really help develop my vibrato.

    1. That’s tricky, because if you’ve been singing in choirs, the main priority there is to blend, and that doesn’t necessarily result in the kind of balanced tone production that a vibrato will emerge out of. There are ways to try to stimulate a vibrato, but the best solution is to focus on alignment of vowels and good support (sub-glottic pressure.) Do those things and the voice will start to wobble a bit of its own accord and with a little encouragement, you have vibrato.

      Best!

      Jeff

  2. Jonathan Miller Music

    Dude this is amazing. I just discovered your videos and in watching like 5 I already see such a dramatic positive change. Thank you so much!

    1. You’re very welcome! Thank you for watching and enjoy the channel! If you have questions, come by my weekly live event. I’m actually away this weekend, but here’s a link to the next one:

      I am also going to start a new Q & A video response thingy after I get back. I say all this to say, there’s quite a bit to explore here and I’m easily reachable. Enjoy!

      Jeff

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