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contemporary vocalist singing technique The word vibrato is Italian for “vibrate.” It’s a pulsating effect created within a sustained tone. These pulsations are created through a slight wavering of the pitch. Contemporary singers are also able to create vibrato by a natural and subtle fluctuation of the volume of the note. Varying degrees of vibrato applied to sustained melody notes is quite common in songs. Since vibrato requires sustained tones, it can’t be produced during fast-moving or staccato notes.

Most singers have a natural vibrato when sustaining vowel sounds. The rhythmic pulsing of vibrato occurs normally as a result of the interplay between laryngeal muscles and the air pressure under the vocal folds when a note is sustained. Air pressure under the folds triggers their vibration and also influences other muscles in the larynx. This healthy interaction of laryngeal muscles and the air stream is then manifested as vibrato. 

If you don’t have a natural vibrato, it should help to know that vibrato tends to develop organically when poor singing habits are eliminated and replaced by technical development that awakens, aligns and strengthens the natural performance of the singing voice.

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  1. Javier on July 21, 2014 at 9:28 PM said:
    Thanks for this post Jeannie! I love your posts and I'm practicing your Vocal Singing Method. Can you post a video regarding this subject on vibrato and how to approach it while vocalizing? Or how to efficiently eliminate some common poor singing habits so to give way to natural vibrato? thanks!
  2. Jeannie Deva on July 22, 2014 at 12:24 PM said:
    Thanks Javier. I'll post more vibrato tips and we'll get a video up as soon as my schedule permits. Thanks for your feedback.
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