7 Vibrato Exercises for Perfecting & Mastering Vibrato

Vibrato is…
that smooth, steady pulse you hear in a singer’s voice when he or she is holding out a note. It’s used in virtually every musical style. It almost resembles a subtle wave in the singing tone. It’s used to give warmth and depth to a singer’s sound.

Straight tone is…
used in almost every style of music, as is vibrato. A straight tone has no pulse or wave. It has sort of a “flat-line” sound. It’s often used to add intensity to a note.

Tremolo (wobble) is…
when a singer holds out a tone and the pitch is wobbling up and down, actually singing back and forth between two pitches. A vocal wobble (unless specifically called for) sounds sloppy and uncontrolled.

The Perfect Vibrato™ training program takes you step-by-step, helping you master the use of vibrato, as well as the use of straight tone in your singing voice. Perfect Vibrato™ is recorded on 3 CDs, divided into two singing lessons, and further broken down into a total of four sections. Here’s the breakdown:

Lesson 1: Developing the Vibrato

Lesson 1 starts off with a vibrato assessment section. A typical professional sounding vibrato pulses at about 5-7 pulses per second. The vibrato assessment helps you determine where your vibrato speed is, and then how to best proceed with the program for your level.

The second section of this first lesson is developing the vibrato, taking you through 7 different methods to finding your best vibrato, helping you develop your optimal, natural vibrato speed, which is a little different for every person.

Lesson 2: Polishing the Vibrato
The first section of lesson 2 is all about polishing the vibrato. It takes you through dozens of exercises to give a great, finished sound to your voice. This section works on continuing to master your best vibrato. At the same time, you’ll perfect a free, open and powerful straight tone.
The final section pulls it all together! This is the application section. You’ll work on several song phrases, mixing up the use of your newly mastered vibrato and straight tone vocals. You’ll learn to easily move between vibrato and straight tone when stylizing.

Happy Singing!!

Eric Bruner


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4 thoughts on “7 Vibrato Exercises for Perfecting & Mastering Vibrato

  1. Pingback: What is vibrato? Is vibrato “natural” (happens by itself), or is it consciously “caused” somehow by the singer? | Eric Bruner Vocal Studio Blog

  2. ozora27

    It’s funny that you say right off that vibrato isn’t necessarily the natural state of the voice. That’s the first thing my teacher told me and it is quite frustrating! Though I don’t completely agree with her I understand why she tells me that. When I get a working and smooth vibrato, it comes out as so because I’m relaxing the equipment in the throat and not thinking about what I have to do physically. It seems as if vibrato is caused more by focusing on the mental process. As a saxophone player, I know that the muscles involved though have to be conditioned to behave in that way before it becomes voluntary. For those who don’t play instruments, I’d compare it to learning how to raise one eyebrow. You get your muscles to move in the appropriate fashion till it becomes a conditioned and effortless response! I’ll try your exercises to get those muscles used to it. I’ll let you know how it goes;)


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