Foundations of Vibrato

by Abram Poliakoff

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Listen for the difference between these two phrases: [Sing phrase straight tone, then vibrato] What did you hear? The first time, I sang with straight tone [demonstrate], and the second time, I added vibrato [demonstrate]. Vibrato is the natural oscillation that occurs in healthy singing. It adds life and helps us convey emotion when we sing. Although some styles use more vibrato than others, it’s present in virtually every genre. If you’d like to learn more and work on developing natural vibrato, check out this tutorial!


Instructor: Abram Poliakoff

Abram Poliakoff is a singer, guitarist, pianist, teacher, conductor, and composer. He received a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Arts from USC’s Thornton School of Music and has been teaching music for 8 years. He is currently both the Associate Artistic Director and a tenor in the L.A. Choral Lab, which recently released its first studio album Sonic Visions in the fall of 2019. Abram teaches and performs a wide range of genres including Classical, Jazz, Folk and Popular music in the Los Angeles area. He has also sung with the San Francisco Opera and Pocket Opera in the Bay Area. His teaching mission is to help his students utilize vocal technique to find their authentic and healthy voice while maximizing genre flexibility and a naturalness of expression.