Hi Ariella! I have a question for you. I am a recent college graduate with a degree in vocal performance. I am teaching voice lessons to a student right and I am struggling as to how to go about teaching her vibrato. From listening to her sing, I don’t hear any vibrato present in her sound. Do you have any techniques/teaching methods you could share with me? Any advice you can give me would be very much appreciated! Sincerely, Anandi
Welcome to my profession! :) Well, everyone is born with their own natural vibrato, as you know I’m sure. My thought is that vocal tension can inhibit the vibrato as well as exaggerate it.
Finding the perfect balance is easier for some than others. Keep working on releasing your students voice, especially front he tension in her solar plexus area. You can even have her hold a note while deeply massaging the muscle just below the solar plexus. Then try the same thing and try to release the tension in her shoulders. Have her drop at her waist and go for the notes, see if any of these things allows for more of the natural vibrato to come in. Once something works a bit, you will be on the right path.
Free singing, free tension.
Please keep in touch if you have any more questions!