A video camera is a great tool. I already knew I used too much vibrato; when I see videos of myself playing I can see all sorts of idiosyncrasies. Also, the vibrato will sound much better if it is "tuned" to the room. A small room will have a faster "sweet" spot than a larger room. You'll hear it best in a cathedral. Most players probably don't even know they are doing this.
1952 Holton Revelation 48 w/ Stork Studio Master VM, Wick 4
1975 Bach Stradivarius 182 "flugelhorn", Bach 7fl
1930 Holton Llewellyn, Heim 1
1990 Bach Stradivarius 180 with 37 bell, 7 leadpipe, Wick 4
Early 1900s Jaubert Eb peckhorn, cheap Lyle mp
Early '60s Getzen Super Deluxe Tone Balanced Copra Temp
Olds Ambassador cornet in pieces.
Knowledge is freedom, and ignorance is slavery - Miles Davis
The difference between a beginner and pro mouthpiece is practice - tobylou8
Nobody has learned how to play the trumpet. It's endless. - Maynard Ferguson
Don't be afraid to try something different. The Ark was built by an amateur and the Titanic was built by a group of experienced engineers.
By the inch it's a cinch, by the yard, it's hard!
Get really nervous before you play and you have built in vibrato! Actually what most have said is key. Know when and how little to use. If it sounds forced then I grant you it won't sound good.
There are many styles of vibrato as there are many styles of music. Listen to many examples of vibrato and try to emulate them at first. In most cases vibrato should be only used in solo passages. Rate of pulse is directly related to tempo of music in most cases.
Finally it should come from your soul as an extension of singing style not a contrived notion.
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