Vibratto to Cover Weak Tone?

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  1. bachfella

    bachfella Mezzo Piano User

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    Vibrato is a style choice on the player's part, depending on the genre of music being played. Most musicians who've done a fair amount of playing (and listening to) various styles of music know when vibrato "fits" and when it doesn't, but it's not done to mask a technical weakness.
     
  2. vern

    vern Piano User

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    I would think that not having a good vibrato would be a weakness.
     
  3. mgcoleman

    mgcoleman Mezzo Forte User

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    It's probably not a dead-on guarantee every time, but I've personally never heard a truly good vibrato coming from a weak musician (trumpet, sax, etc.).

    Besides, throwing the likes of Satchmo and any of his period colleagues down the proverbial tone stairs is more than a stretch.
     
  4. gmonady

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    I believe a weak player would have a hard time keeping a tone with vibrato. The weakness would show through even more.
     
  5. gmonady

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    No, players use reverb on microphones to cover up deficiencies; AND use their first name followed by an abbreviation of their last name,[hypothetical example... let's see... Kenny G] so no one could look up who they really are on the internet... or phone book... 'cause they are freeking embarrassed for what they have done.
     
  6. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    Like "Kingtrumpet P" for example?
     
  7. duanemassey

    duanemassey Piano User

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    On a similar note, I have noticed over the years that it is not uncommon for singers, trumpeters, and saxophonists to sometimes lose control of their vibrato towards the end of their careers. I suspect it's just the aging process, as your body just doesn't always respond the way it used to.

    Getting old sucks, but it's much better than the alternative.
     
  8. guadarrama

    guadarrama New Friend

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    Lol What a silly question.
     
  9. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Here is an explanation for even the simplest of minds. I forget sometimes that we have a broad audience here:


    If a player is weak, they have little control, thus no possibility to save anything with tricks. It is like incontinence. Diapers can contain the symptom. In the case of weak players, diapers=no gigs.
     
  10. gmonady

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    As a person that cares for many infants AND the elderly, not all the time Rowuk, not all the time. Sometime, the crap just seeps through.
     

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