Learn How To Sing With A Vibrato – LESSON 17 – Craig Shimizu Voice
Many singers have natural vibratos that needed no development. Others need to understand what the vibrato is and how to jump-start it.
:05 Hi, this is Craig from Shimizu Voice. Today’s video request came from F.S. from Malaysia. And he said, “Could you explain what vibrato is and how to achieve it? Most often than most, coaches tell us that to create vibrato one must only turn off the mental block to create a mental block, but most of us don’t know what it actually is.”
:40 Actually with that description, I don’t know either. Could you explain and show us diagrams of what muscles are involved.
:47 I know one of the ways I used to teach the vibrato is from the diaphragm. When you do that, you kind of just pump the diaphragm like a, huh, huh, huh, huh. And you just increase the frequency. Huh, huh, huh, huh, huh, huh, huh.
1:06 So that’s how you would do a diaphragmatic vibrato.
1:10 One of my students, when he did his vibrato, I noticed that the area by the solar plexus where the diaphragm is, it moved in direct conjunction to his vibrato. And he had a fast vibrato. And the diaphragm moved at exactly the same speed. That’s why I continued to teach diaphragmatic vibrato.
1:32 The other thing that’s really good about the diaphragmatic vibrato is that it teaches you to connect your voice directly to the diaphragm.
1:38 And now, in that diaphragmatic vibrato, especially after I saw my student singing like that, I tried to see if there was a direct connection from the diaphragm to the vocal folds. One of my students who is a nurse went to check to see. “Phrenic, phrenetic nerve? But I was never able to confirm if there was any real nerve connection that causes the vibrato.
2:03 The other type of vibrato that’s taught is the pitch-change. Pitch-change vibrato, the ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah. You start off like that ah-ah-ah-ah. Those are called pulses. You increase the frequency of the pulses until you get the speed of the vibrato that you want. Ah-ah-ah-ah…
But you start off with the ah-ah-ah-ah.
2:42 Now, that vibrato, to me is dangerous. I think that’s the one that I learned, that pitch-change vibrato. It’s dangerous because it’s fooling around with the pitch. What happened to me was that when I hit the end of the sentence, I’d go into my vibrato but then I wasn’t quite sure where the pitch was. So that kind of tightened up my throat. But, this is my own experience. So I know that other people learned it this way and they’re fine. If it worked for you, the pitch-change vibrato and it didn’t affect your pitch, then good for you, great.
3:21 The type of vibrato that I like to teach is the one that’s natural. Your voice likes to shake after you’re done with the main part of the sentence, you’re just kind of holding a note. It’s, it’s like an energy release of your voice…that,that tone that you’re holding. And the reason I like it is that you can maintain pitch. You can hear the pitch steady but then you hear other sound waves that are fluctuating around it. I hope the camera can pick up this sound. Ah….
4:06 As I began to run out of air, you could hear the fluctuations come out more. And that’s where it kind of makes sense that’s what a natural vibrato sounds like. It’s just the vocal folds, uh relaxing at the end of a phrase.
4:15 How to practice it?
4:49 When you hear these fluctuations begin to occur, just like a computer, you store it in your mind. You say, “Okay, how’d you do that?” See if you can do it again. Then you want to try it on different pitches. Ahh…. Ah…
5:58 But the main thing is to be sure that you’re comfortable and your technique is still good in all phases. That means your, uh, being supported with your stomach and you’re using your diaphragm, your throat is comfortable.
6:12 That’s how you would learn to do a vibrato. You have three options.
6:18 You can do the diaphragmatic vibrato. Huh, huh,….
6:38 You can do the pitch-change. Ah, ah, …
7:05 For whichever exercise you do choose, also do different vowels, mainly, mainly the five major vowels: ah, eh, ee, oh, oo because the fluctuations will be different. Especially for the way, uh, I like to teach it with the fluctuations around the main frequency. Some vowels will have more fluctuations that others. And you can learn the vibrato faster. Like ee…..
7:48 That’s it. That’s how to do a vibrato.