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Step 3 - Vibrato, Tone Placement, Diction and Resonance

Step 3 - Vibrato, Tone Placement, Diction and Resonance

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Vibrato is something that most can learn to control in their voices with learning
good breath control and muscle control.

Vibrato can be natural or can be forced and is a fluctuation of a singing tone.
Vibrato is the natural or forced fluctuation of a tone
Breathing muscles are responsible for vibrato creation

You don\u2019t want to concentrate on learning how to sing with vibrato, but instead,
you\u2019ll want to concentrate on the foundations of singing, your breathing and
muscle support. When you learn those 2 areas well, vibrato will occur naturally.

Everyone\u2019s idea of vibrato is a matter of taste. Choosing to use vibrato is a matter
of control over your voice.

Some people prefer a strong vibrato, others feel too much vibrato takes away from
the flow of the song. Most of us love to hear that shimmer on the end of a note
caused by vibrato.

Think of a refrigerators humm to a fly buzzin around you. The steady hum of the compressor in a refrigerator becomes backround noise, that fly buzzing around is irritating and seems to get louder and louder! Vibrato is similar, you want it to become part of the flow of your voice, not the irritation!

Vibrato comes from your vocal folds varying rhythmically. By creating movement
in the pitch and volume of your voice slightly. Tremolo which is the change in
volume and wobble with is the change in pitch, used together, make up a good
sounding vibrato.

Tension is a no no when it comes to using vibrato. Too much tension in your
neck, back, throat or muscles will cause a lack of vibrato. Loosen up and sing!
Back off the airflow you\u2019re pushing out and let the natural vibrato shine!

Vibrato and pitch go hand in hand because ultimately, vibrato is a variance in
pitch. It tends to come at ends of notes, because by the time you feel safe on that
pitch, you ease off the pressure in your breathing and vibrato flows.


Push out your breath hard and loudly and hear lack of vibrato.. Now, loosen up,
singoo oo o again and increase or decrease the volume without pushing the air out..
Just let it flow.

Making a statement in a specific song with a big vibrato or actually shaking the head to create more vibrato is ok, but its not a way to create a natural sounding vibrato used in most songs.

Any free and focused tone will naturally possess a minor fluctuation in pitch,
which serves to warm or intensify the sound, this is vibrato. That doesn\u2019t mean
you shouldn\u2019t learn to control your use of vibrato, but simply that it\u2019s a natural
development in someone\u2019s voice and if you can master your breathing and tone,
you will hear a beautiful natural vibrato shine through.

Tone Placement, Ddiction, and Resonance
Tone placement and resonance go together.
Tone placement is how you sing the words, where you exaggerate a word, what

sound you carry forward.
Diction is the pronunciation of words within a phrase. How they are heard.
Resonance is the amplification of sound in the cavities above the vocal cords

including the mouth, head, vocal tract, and nasal cavities.
In other words, it\u2019s the area the sound comes out of, not where its created.
The more open your mouth is, the greater resonance area is available for sound to
Both of these go together. Once you understand tone placement you\u2019ll start to see
how resonance is important.
Our vowel sounds are the primary focus in singing. They carry the richest tones
and qualities, where consonants complete our words.

Sing the word love. If you were to sing it lovvvvvvvvvv and carry out the v, you
won\u2019t have the same open clean sound as you would singing it luuuuuuuuuuuv
and focusing on the open u sound in the word. You lose so much quality in the
sound carrying out the consonant rather than the vowel. The pronounced area in
the word love should focus on the U sound with a brief v sound at the end.

Learning where to pronounce your words is half the battle. Figuring out how long
to carry them and learning not to drop your notes is another part of tone
placement. Along with clearly singing words so they are understood.

Listen to the difference in phrasing when you sing.. This is where styling along
with making a song your own really comes into play.

First sing a phrase of a song and sing it choppy. It won\u2019t sound as flow\u2019y and
pretty as if I were to sing it smooth and concentrate on your placement. Even in a
fast upbeat song, you need to decide where to place your notes and how to carry
them out to make it sound like it all fits together.

Next we\u2019ll try a little exercise.
Say these syllables and exaggerate your mouth movements: EE - EH - AH - OH -

Now do it again and imagine that there is an "X" that moves in your mouth. The first syllable, "EE" finds its central balance point at the very front of your mouth and teeth. That "X" as you sing EH AH OH moves in a line to the back of your mouth so that the "OO" position has an "X" that rests in the very back.

Feel the difference in where the sound is coming from, how your mouth is moving. As you move from eee to ooo you should feel the point of sound moving from the forward part of your mouth on the eeee sound.... up and back as you move through eh ah oh and then ultimately rest in the back of your mouth on ooo.

Do you feel the sound placement shifting?
The ideal position for most singing is the "Ah" position, or the central area.

Imagine you\u2019re about to bite into an apple. Your mouth will widen, this is the formation for the sound ahhhh. If you don\u2019t feel you\u2019re about to bite into that apple.. You\u2019re more than likely actually singing an oh sound.

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