Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by B15M, Feb 13, 2006.

  1. B15M

    B15M Forte User

    Dec 30, 2003
    Monroe Ct.
    When playing with the section should you use vibrato?
  2. Tootsall

    Tootsall Fortissimo User

    Oct 25, 2003
    Yee HAW!
    Depends if the music calls for it and if the rest of the section plays it. But if the section DOES use vibrato, make sure they're all using the same vibrato. Listen to some BB music.
  3. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

    May 11, 2005
    Metro Detroit
    In big band music, if you're the lead player it is your job to interpret the music and use or not use vibrato. The chart may specify "No Vibrato".
    If you are a section player, listen to and emulate the vibrato used by the lead player.

    Do NOT use vibrato if the lead player isn't.

  4. Bill Dishman

    Bill Dishman Piano User

    Nov 22, 2003
    Gainesville, Florida
    In concert bands or orchestras, it is a little different decision making process. The music itself determines whether or not (or what type) vibrato should be used. If the line is a solo above the section, vibrato may be appropriate. If it is a section melody, generally not (but there are exceptions) If vibrato is used in the melody line it should add warmth and character to the line. If it does not do this, then maybe it should not be used or the degree and speed of the vibrato should be reconsidered.

    Often times, the conductor will determine whether his/her interpretation includes vibrato. Then it is a done deal.

    In section accompaniments generally vibrato in not appropriate as it takes away from the melody line.

    Just a few thoughts....

    Bill Dishman
    Gainesville, Florida

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