Tame That Vibrato!

You can control that wobbly vibrato. You can make it as contemporary as you want to

I’m going to show you why your vibrato has gotten a mind of its own, give you some quick tips to gain control of it right now, how to make it happen in a song and give you a peek at what the permanent fix is to control your vibrato like a master. 

Believe it or not, there was a time that a big, wide, bold vibrato was considered cutting edge. It was hundreds of years ago. And yet those same cutting edge techniques that were used hundreds and hundreds of years ago to get this big, wide, vibrato sound are still taught today.

Why is that? Because over 95 percent of all singing instruction, classical and otherwise, is based on things that science has disproved as true a long time ago. 
And the other 5 percent are based only in the science that we learned about what the voice could do over 50 years ago.

I wouldn’t have had any clue either if it weren’t for the fact that two different doctors completely destroyed my voice twice. And the world’s top vocal surgeon told me Even everything that we do know in science would just not allow for me to ever speak again.

What I discovered in repairing my irreparable voice twice has taught me what your incredible voice can really do. And I’ve been proving it in singers around the world ever since.

So why has this vibrato become a bully?

Did you know that vibrato is a styling tool? It’s something you’re supposed to be able to use when and where you want to. 

It should be as wide or as narrow, as fast or as slow as you choose, and it should only happen at will. Did you know you had that kind of power? Oh, you do! And if you do what I tell you, you’re gonna experience some of it right now.

Before we start gaining some control of that bully vibrato that’s gone rogue on you, we need to understand how vibrato really works. 

Believe it or not, every human being is born with a natural vibrato.

This is a naturally occurring, beautifully unique thing that you’re given by your creator at birth. It’s incredible. But if that’s true, why do most big vibratos all sound like a carbon copy of every other big vibrato?

That’s because that’s not your natural vibrato. 

That is a forced vibrato.

All our natural vibrato requires in order to do its beautiful thing is for the vocal muscle to be really relaxed. Almost out of the game, just so that it barely holds those vocal folds in place and they resist the air with just enough hold to let a little ripple go through. 

Just like when you throw a little stone in the water and a little ripple happens. If you had a big storm and waves were crashing all over the place, you would never see that little ripple.

When you throw a stone in the water, same thing happens when we’ve learned a forced vibrato. In order to manipulate the voice to do a forced vibrato, the vocal muscle has to be like a giant storm. 

It has to hold everything a certain way and then shake it like that. So you’re never going to really experience your natural, beautiful vibrato when you sing all the time with a forced vibrato.

The other problem that comes along with forced vibrato is that it becomes a habit really fast, and because it involves a lot of muscle, and muscle loves to keep going once it gets really strong, it shows up all over the place. 

Then somebody has the nerve to say, “well I’d love to have you sing, but you just don’t have that contemporary sound”.


Let me just burst another myth. It does not matter how old you are, that wiggly vibrato that you’ve learned somewhere along the way, either formally or informally, you just figured out on your own and it’s become a giant monster that controls your voice, that is removable. 

It is controllable and you already have everything you need to put it back in its place. The reason that a big vibrato is hard to control is not just in here, it’s in here, in what I call the brain’s singing database.

This is the part of your brain that captures all the information that you believe about how to sing, whether it was formally taught to you over the years, whether you have a vocal degree, or whether you just watch TV shows and listen to the judges spew whatever came off their head. 

All of that went into your singing database. Problem is As I said, science has proven over 95 percent of it simply does not gel with how the body works. So we’ve got all of these bits of singing tips up in our brain conflicting with each other, trying to fight each other, trying to make the body do what they’re trying to make it do when they don’t work in a way that the body can actually work. 

The result of that is inconsistent at best.

And the habits that we’ve developed that involve the vocal muscle being very big Those suckers get out of scale really fast and they start showing up all over the place. Now, what is needed to fix this? First, we need to disrupt the signal from the singing database. 

We need to shut it off so it quits trying to give us directions that we know don’t work.

Secondly, we need to take what’s happening in our vocal anatomy and we need to give it a way to prove that your voice physically can do what your brain is telling it it cannot do, and that is sing without that big vibrato. 

When we get your voice to do that, it’s giving new information to your singing database.

And if you want a permanent fix, we need to rewire that entire singing database so it doesn’t keep spewing out the old stuff that’s putting the wrenches in the vocal machine in the first place.

The quick fix I’m going to give you today is step one to getting some new information out of the machine that can do incredible things. 


Vibrato should show up only when you ask it to, and as much as you ask for. And at the beginning, ain’t none of that going to happen.

But when you do this exercise, you’re going to start to uncover what the process is doing right now in your voice.

Take a look under the hood and see what is it already doing?

That is simply the evidence of what your body is able to do, given what’s up here in your brain singing database.

The first thing we’re going to do is stop what we don’t want. Because we’re in charge, remember?
We need to engage the vocal muscles to hold that note still. But how? Well, just think about the way your major muscle groups work in the rest of your body. If you need to keep something from falling over on you, what do you do? Your muscles engage and you press against it. We’re going to do that in your voice. 

When you hear the difference you are feeling the difference between a little vocal muscle squeeze and a bigger squeeze.

Tell me what it was like. What did you think? Do share.

Did you even know you could do that? 

And if you can do that, the question is, what else can your voice already do that it’s just not doing? 

I’ve created a 30 day restart your vocal engine workout with four weekly specific vocal training workouts to do just that. Unplug that old database. Get proof going in your physical voice and retrain a new singing database so that you can learn to master your own voice.

And in that 30 days, I also give you tools to assess the five qualities of a vocal athlete to see where you really are and gain a greater understanding of really how accessible it is for your voice. 


You should be in charge of what comes out of your voice every time. And you can be!

So stop blaming your voice. And stop taking singing advice and feeding this old database.

Become a smart singer. Ask me any questions you have in our free group

My whole goal is to make smart singers. 
And to make it as accessible as possible.

So be encouraged. You can be in control of your voice. It can do things so much more amazing than you think it can.

Don’t let anything separate you from the joy of singing.

Get out there and sing!

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