Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Juarez-MA, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. Juarez-MA

    Juarez-MA Pianissimo User

    Mar 14, 2012
    For those who don't know me, I've been playing trumpet for 8 years.
    I consider myself to be pretty adapt and versatile.
    Despite being admitted into several trumpet studios in my state, I decided to go into music education as a bassoonist.

    Never the less, I still lust to become a better trumpetist and I regret not pursuing trumpet on a collegiate level.
    There are few trumpet issues that I have not been able to solve for myself. So why am I here?

    I feel my vibrato is not being executed correctly. I am very used to woodwind vibrato but somehow it is not expressively enough for brass playing.
    I suppose my real question of help is "How should I be doing vibrato on trumpet?"
  2. DaTrump

    DaTrump Forte User

    Oct 21, 2011
    Huntsville, Texas
    Find one or several trumpet players that have, what you consider, great vibrato, and try to emulate it.

    I personally don't like to use vibrato, but being in a studio, I don't get to choose what I do and don't like.
  3. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    As opposed to when the mouthpiece is placed inside the mouth as with woodwinds, to when lips are placed on the mouthpiece, dynamic differences to airflow are obvious. To get a vibrato, you will get many opinions as there are several ways you can make this tonal variation happen. I prefer just relaxing the tongue as much as possible to optimize airflow (lower resistance) and then let my embouchure control be vibrato by simple muscle action of tighten and relaxing lip muscle. Others will recommend moving the mouthpiece on the embouchure. This will work, but I believe risks producing trauma to the lips. Also with an open embouchure, by dropping the jaw (again relaxing) you can relax and tighten the jaw muscle as well.

    I am also in the DaTrump camp, as I only like to use vibrato sparingly, when just the right amount of seasoning is needed for the phrase I am producing. I only use a heaping amount of vibrato when I play Dixieland as that is a dish best served spicy... etwa
  4. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    The "woodwind vibrato" starts from the source and results in a "billy-goat" sounding mess on the brass instruments. With the jaw, both intensity and speed are easily controlled. The hand vibrato, stolen from string players, is also in common use, although there exists a strong argument in that the vibrato will change depending on fingering. At times, to impart a "shimmer," the tongue is used, but most players use a jaw vibrato because that is the way most of us have puzzled it out.
  5. bumblebee

    bumblebee Fortissimo User

    Jan 21, 2010
    Great Southern Land
    That's what I do.

  6. jaemard

    jaemard Mezzo Piano User

    Jul 2, 2012
    San Rafael, CA
    Is a chainsaw considered inspiration for vibrato?
  7. keigoh

    keigoh Pianissimo User

    Oct 24, 2012
    I have a question.
    How often shoud the wevering of pitch in a vibrato be?
  8. LH123

    LH123 Piano User

    May 14, 2010
    The speed and width of the vibrato is dictated by the style of music you are playing. A classical solo is going to have different vibrato than a jazz piece.
  9. vern

    vern Piano User

    Mar 4, 2008
    I should think the frequency and the width of the vibrato depends primarily on the style of music. A relaxed blues vibrato, a singing vibrato, and an intense bravura vibrato. Doc Severinsen's vibrato is decidedly different than, say , Maurice Andre's due largely to the style of music.

    There is also room to put a personal stamp on the vibrato as Phil Smith's, Haken Hardenberger's, Wynton Marsalis's differ on pieces that they have all recorded (Intrada--Honeggar for example).
  10. sounds7

    sounds7 Forte User

    Sep 4, 2004
    New Orleans
    Miles didnt use vibrato because his mentor Charlie Parker maybe? said he would just get old and shake any way.

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