What are some good excercises you can do to improve your vibrato?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by 1stTrumpet, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. 1stTrumpet

    1stTrumpet Pianissimo User

    Nov 5, 2009
    please and thank you
  2. Brian H. Smout

    Brian H. Smout Piano User


    Who said that if you can hear a guy's vibrato he's using too much? As it is required for style and idiom we'll ignore that. Take an easy note for you to play then add hand or lip vibrato of your choice at 4 pulses to the bar. Once that is nicely pulsating add eight then sixteen then thirty two very evenly. Listen to different players and how they use vibrato or not. Louis Armstrong, Cootie Williams, Sweets Edison, Clark Terry,Doc, Miles, Chet Baker, Maynard, Maurice Andre, Arturo Sandoval or Chris Botti.
    In all cases the vibrato used enhances the emotion being conveyed in the playing and it is controlled. Apologies to the BBB guys that hit the vibrato switch on every note to cover up poor sound or intonation. Shun them like the nanny goats they are!


  3. kingtrumpet

    kingtrumpet Utimate User

    Sep 20, 2009
    New York State USA
    play with less pressure -- and very softly (ppp) -- seriously at a whisper --- you can feel your lips vibrate better -- then you can adjust your vibrato and then exptrapolate that feeling for louder volumes.

    practice, practice, practice

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