You may ask, “I want to learn how to sing vibrato – how??”
For some people, vibrato comes naturally, but for people like me, vibrato was a really tough technique to learn. It takes a ton of practice for those to whom vibrato does not come naturally.
I think one of the easiest ways to learn how to sing vibrato is to find a piano and alternate playing keys beside each other. Those two keys represent a variation in pitch – vibrato.
Another way that you can learn how to sing vibrato (or at least the idea behind it) is to place your hands on the top of your stomach and then sing out a note. As you sing, press in your stomach and notice how the note changes. You will see the variation in pitch as you press your stomach in and out. This is vibrato! You don’t need to use this method to learn vibrato, but simply use it to get a better grip for how vibrato works.
If you don’t have a piano, you can use your fingers to mimic the same action. Flick your fingers up and down, and as you do that, change the notes you are holding out. Move your fingers faster to decrease the transition time between notes.
As you do these things, you will grow more comfortable with vibrato. Practice and speed up as you progress, and you will be singing vibrato in no time flat!
If you need some help learning how to sing vibrato, Brett Manning’s Singing Success has some awesome exercises that will help you learn quickly. I personally used this system and it worked wonders for me – it may well work wonders for you too!