• Michelle Ostrove


Vibrato is a musical effect from an instrument or a voice. It is a technique used to add expression to a piece of music. Vibrato is the rhythmic pulsation, vibration and/or bending a pitch (note).

Vibrato can happen very naturally with a singer. If it doesn’t happen naturally, it can be a learned technique. There are 2 ways to hold a note, with vibrato or holding the note solid without vibrato. Very skilled and experienced singers will alternate between the two.

String and wind instruments can mimic the vocal function. Some keyboards have a pitch wheel, pitch bend or bender, which makes the pitch (note) wobble faster or slower.

An example of vocal vibrato is in the song attached, performed by Sophia Johnson called “Vanilla Ice Cream”. The sixth word in the song “sorry”, you can hear the singing using vibrato and many more times throughout the song. It is used to bring more expression in the song.


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