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    I am having a mental block on vibrato technique…throat vibrato. I can’t seem to get a consistent practice in and see improvement. I’m trying “back ward” cough, and reverse “machine gun” and working it slow with a metronome, but after a couple of weeks, I don’t seem to be getting anywhere. Thoughts ?

    Mitch Grainger
    Mitch Grainger

    Hey Curry!

    I think the metronome might be hindering this.

    Just like singers have different vibratos we all have a different natural tempo for producing the throat vibrato, and that is what you are looking to find!

    Go ala natural for a week or so and see how that goes..

    Let it flow 🙂

    Anyone else have some tips?!


    Thanks Mitch…I’ll go “off metronome” for a week or so & see…I feel like I will “know it” when it starts to kick in…just been a frustrating few months with no real feel for the sound & feel in back of the throat !..


    Hello all,

    I was scrolling down through the forum topics and ran across this one. I was excited because I had just posted one about a helpful hint for vibrato. Then I had a great laugh because I actually titled it “metronome help with vibrato”… 😀 LOL Life can be so hilarious sometimes!

    I am really glad that it happened this way though, because I think that the metronome has been like training wheels for me and has been a great help. Going really slow and methodically and then speeding up, I feel has helped me to build up and become used to using those throat muscles. And although I have gotten a lot better with the technique it still sounds very regimented and mechanical. It is not that beautiful flow that happens when you play. So I will take off the training wheels now and ride the bike! woohooo!

    So I guess for me that it is a yes and a yes when it comes to the metronome. I am thankful that I saw this and thanks for your emphasis on the Natural tempo and letting it flow, Mitch. That is just what I needed to hear. Good luck to you Curry!



    Ok I meant to say a yes to using the metronome and a yes for also putting it down… 😀

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