Developing Consistant, Good Sounding Vibrato

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  1. Slenderhugger

    Slenderhugger New Friend

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    Hello all,

    I am currently a high school trumpet player, and have been having difficulty developing a consistent vibrato technique. There are two techniques that I use currently:
    1. Slightly moving the horn. This produces a good-sounding vibrato, but only on notes lower on the register. After going above e on the staff, moving the horn has little effect on the tone.
    2. Bending the tone with my chops. This produces a good sounding vibrato on notes on the higher register, but is difficult to produce a good sound using this technique on lower notes.

    Could someone possibly give me advice on different techniques that I could utilize to produce good vibrato? I would appreciate it. :)

    -Slenderhugger
     
  2. BigDub

    BigDub Fortissimo User

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    Find one way and work on it so it works in all registers. Only repetition will net you the results you desire. Keep at it till it's second nature. It takes some time.
     
  3. J. Jericho

    J. Jericho Fortissimo User

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    Welcome to TM, Slenderhugger! There are three ways to create a vibrato - move the horn; move the lips; regulate the air by moving your diaphragm. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, as you will discover when you practice all three to the extent that you can do any of them at will.
     
  4. gordonfurr1

    gordonfurr1 Forte User

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    Four ways...

    You can be terrified and THAT will produce the wavering effect.
     
  5. Dviglis

    Dviglis Mezzo Piano User

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    If you are having trouble using the most widely accepting technique, which is by using your diaphragm, try whistling and then try to give it a vibrato or trill. If you can do that, you can get a nice vibrato on the trumpet as it is the exact same action, only difference is the horn on your lips.
     
  6. J. Jericho

    J. Jericho Fortissimo User

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    I think that falls into the category of diaphragm vibrato. The type you mention is involuntary :shhh:, though, so it would be harder to practice. ;-)
     
  7. gordonfurr1

    gordonfurr1 Forte User

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    I was thinking that at first, but then realized that the poor afflicted soul would not only be tensing and releasing his diaphragm, but every muscle in his tortured body. It might not be able to practice...but, being a trickster I sure enjoyed CAUSING a startled reaction in others trying to play.
     
  8. gmonady

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    I use technique 2 and have no trouble with vibrato on lower notes IF using a mouthpiece with a deep cup. Also, half valving the note makes the vibrato easier in the low range.
     
  9. gmonady

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    I agree with BigDub and stick with one way.
     
  10. gmonady

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    If God would have wanted man to play trumpet vibrato by moving the horn, God would have invented trumpets with springs!
     

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