From - A Dictionary of Vocal Terminology - by Cornelius Reid
âThere are distinct physiological and qualitative differences between the wobble and other
characteristic tonal movements, such as the vibrato and tremolo. The perfectly even
pulsations of the vibrato are desirable movements and reflect a proper use of the (vocal)
instrument. The tremolo and wobble, on the other hand, result from poor muscular
coordination and indicate the presence of muscular interference and compensatory
The tremolo is characterized by an excessively fast, ânervousâ tonal pulse brought on by
severe throat constriction and muscular rigidity. The wobble (a slowed and exaggerated
tonal pulse), on the other hand, results from an overly dominant chest register forced too
high in the tonal range, a fault which disrupts the stability of the laryngeal suspension.â
Neither of these faults are directly connected to breath support. Breath support exercises
will not cure them.
In general terms a tremolo is âcuredâ by relieving the tensions which caused it. A wobble
is âcuredâ by using the proper register weight for the pitch and volume level.
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> Calling out to any and all singing gurus for guidance with aging
> voices and breath support, particularly where vibrato and tremolo are
> an issue.
> I've been asked by several people for specific breathing exercises to
> build better breath control and correct/reduce the vibrato, if
> possible. Granted, this can be an issue regardless of age, but it
> seems to be a greater issue for older singers.
> Please copy replies to the list ... I'm sure there are many who may be
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> John Burri
> Vancouver, WA