Last time I recorded me singing, I feel like I put too much vibrato into my singing and I think it’s when I change tone …Any tips? Also how do people get their “singing voice”. I notice how when people speak and sing it’s different.
There are a couple of different ways I could interpret your question, so hopefully I end up answering in a way that’s helpful. When it comes to vibrato, it’s certainly not a bad thing, but if it’s getting in the way of creating the sound you desire, then it certainly becomes less desirable.
If it’s altering the tone you want, then I’d work on using more of a straight tone (-ie, singing without vibrato). But when you do that, make sure the tongue stays relaxed, and that you’re not using too much pressure in your throat. Said differently, a lot of singers, in order to create a straight tone, will grip with their instrument instead of allowing the sound to come out relaxed. Think of creating the sound more in a speaking tone than forcing the sound to come out, and it should come out more easiliy.
When it comes to finding ones singing voice, the singing voice is really just an extension of the speaking voice. If your speaking voice is weak and closed off, it’s very likely that your singing voice will be as well. The opposite is also likely to be true.
Of course, there are differences between the singing and speaking voice, but to me, the things we do to alter our singing voice in higher or lower parts of our range are really just tools to help us achieve the same ideal vocal balance we should have when we speak. So in a way, we’re adjusting to stay the same.
I hope this helps.
Vocal Coach Ken Taylor