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treewind waving-microphone vibrato (4) RE: waving-microphone vibrato 05 Sep 15

I think it should be called tremolo rather that vibrato if we're nit-picking, i.e. a volume change rather than pitch change*.
But the change in volume is a characteristic of that style of singing, and until I saw that video I assumed it was all done by the singer.

It's the opposite of conventional pop singer's handheld mic technique, where you hold the mic away when you hit a loud high note to avoid overloading the sound system.

Also compare with the bluegrass tradition of single mic and each musician stepping forward when taking a solo. Very different effect but it's all about making use of the mic for musical purposes.

*before some pedant steps in, yes I know if you move the mic fast enough you'll get a pitch change from Doppler shift, but it would be an inaudibly small change compared with the singer's own pitch changes and the amplitude changes.

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