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Vibrato

Post by ~Stormy~ » Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:05 pm

I am having probelms with vibrato. I only seem to get it when I am so scared my lips are trembling :oops: .... I can double tongue well but when it comes to vibrato I can't seem to get it.....
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Post by flutepicc06 » Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:17 pm

Vibrato is not something that can be done well if it is natural (at least in my opinion). You need to learn to do it, or at the very least learn to control it through exercises and practice. Your lips trembling is not a true vibrato in any case. If you would like a full description of how to learn vibrato, let us know, and we an help you out...It's just a lot to type if you don't need it.

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Post by ~Stormy~ » Wed Jan 24, 2007 5:15 pm

Yeah that would be great if u could give me a full explanation....... thnxs. :)
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Post by remnantpark » Wed Jan 24, 2007 6:33 pm

I'm working on vibrato, too... :P
What helps is to think of a curvy line, going up then going down. And then you kind of hiss thinking of a curvy line, then you hiss faster and faster. Then play a note on your flute and you would basically do the same as you did when you hissed.
It's kind of hard to explain without talking to you personally...

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Post by sakuramimato » Wed Jan 24, 2007 6:44 pm

Does singing with vibrato help to play it?

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Post by fluttiegurl » Wed Jan 24, 2007 8:48 pm

For some, learning to sing with vibrato can help a player understand the concept of how the notes should sound. I took voice at one time, and my playing did improve greatly. Especially my tone and concept of dynamics. However, the vibrato used when singing is not the same as when playing the flute, so it can confuse the player. Singing vibrato utilizes the throat more.

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Post by flute.loops16 » Sat Feb 17, 2007 12:09 am

To be able to vibrato, you have to breathe correctly (with your diafram or whatever). If you don't know how to breathe correctly when learning to vibrato, you can make a bad situation worse.
Breathe in making you look FAT (it's how I learned it, breathing with more than just your upper body), then think of panting like a dog. I learned from a professional, and my vibrato is natural now.

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Post by flutepicc06 » Sat Feb 17, 2007 12:14 am

flute.loops16 wrote:To be able to vibrato, you have to breathe correctly (with your diafram or whatever). If you don't know how to breathe correctly when learning to vibrato, you can make a bad situation worse.
Breathe in making you look FAT (it's how I learned it, breathing with more than just your upper body), then think of panting like a dog. I learned from a professional, and my vibrato is natural now.
You don't HAVE to breathe properly to do vibrato, but it's always a plus. Vibrato is just a variance in pitch, and how you breathe should not affect your ability to adjust pitch by altering your embouchure slightly. The panting like a dog option tends to create a vibrato that goes sharp moreso than flat, giving the audience the impression that you're always playing above pitch, and making it sound uneven. If this is how you learn, employ a tuner and slow down your vibrato to be sure your it is rounded and even sounding.

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Post by MonikaFL » Sat Feb 17, 2007 10:52 am

This is how I teach my students vibrato:

http://www.texasbandmasters.org/pdfs/De ... ibrato.pdf

GREAT article considering this is a bit tricky to explain in words. LOL :D
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Post by flute_girl04 » Mon Mar 19, 2007 5:44 pm

i taught myself how to do vibrato (don't worry i'm not one of those people who do something,think they can, and end up doing it wrong the entire time) and i had a solo at a concert with vibrato and it sounded great.k i'm gonna try to explain it but its kinda difficult.lol.so basically practice separating notes without your tongue(stop breathing really fast) but then don't fully stop and then breath normal.or try shaking your vice....uh...i don't know if this awnsers your question or makes it more confusing.but hey i tried.lol.
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Post by flutepicc06 » Mon Mar 19, 2007 5:49 pm

flute_girl04 wrote:so basically practice separating notes without your tongue(stop breathing really fast) but then don't fully stop and then breath normal.or try shaking your vice....uh...i don't know if this awnsers your question or makes it more confusing.but hey i tried.lol.
Your tongue really should not be involved in the production of vibrato at all, and I'm not sure what all this talking of breathing is getting at, but breathing depth and speed have little to do with vibrato. Shaking your voice is going to create a huge vibrato that's difficult to control and doesn't sound all that great. Like I mentioned above, there are several ways to learn vibrato, which may be what you're talking about, but once you have the basics, you need to focus on rounding the vibrato and learning to vary it so that it becomes more than an uncontrolled warbling.

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Post by flute_girl04 » Tue Mar 20, 2007 4:26 pm

ok well like i said i'm not good at explaining things.sorry for trying.
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Post by MonikaFL » Tue Mar 20, 2007 4:43 pm

It's okay -- getting input from others can really help you clarify how to explain things like this in the future, really useful if you ever start teaching. It can be tricky trying to explain how to DO the things involved in playing our instrument. Don't be afraid to try flutegirl - you'll learn so much! *hugs* :D
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Post by Serpentine » Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:24 pm

Maybe James Galway can come to the rescue? :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0yCw9xm ... ed&search=

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