a pulsating effect, produced in singing by the rapid reiteration of emphasis on a tone, and on bowed instruments by a rapid change of pitch corresponding to the vocal tremolo.
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How to use vibrato in a sentence
He’s described as having a quick vibrato, and a youthful spirit and vocal energy.Out teen relishes understudy role in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ | Patrick Folliard | September 3, 2022 | Washington Blade
For this role, Mueller, who earned a Tony nomination for her turn in On a Clear Day, ironed the vibrato out of her Broadway alto.‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ Review: A Few Discordant Notes, But Damn Great Songs | Daniel Gross | January 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It took two years to fix the vibrato, and a few more to learn stagecraft.
Anne-Marie struck a second chord, pressing down her fingers with a vehement vibrato.The Devourers | Annie Vivanti Chartres
Old Glynn he knew how to make that instrument talk, the vibrato: fifty pounds a year they say he had in Gardiner street.Ulysses | James Joyce
At the same time the vibrato used to excess is quite as bad as an excessive tremulando in the voice.
One need only listen to Ysaye, Elman, Kreisler: artists such as these employ the quick, intense vibrato with ideal effect.
There must be an inner, emotional instinct, an electric spark within the player himself that sets the vibrato current in motion.
British Dictionary definitions for vibrato
a slight, rapid, and regular fluctuation in the pitch of a note produced on a stringed instrument by a shaking movement of the hand stopping the strings
an oscillatory effect produced in singing by fluctuation in breath pressure or pitch
- Compare tremolo
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