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I've been playing the clarinet for some time now, and have wanted to extend my ability with it. While doing so, I ran into vibrato. Is there a good method to play vibrato on the clarinet?

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Whether and how to use vibrato is a stylistic and personal question, and the most common answer for classical clarinet players seems to be just don't.

Jazz players sometimes have doubled on sax and clarinet, and so brought their vibrato over from the sax. The most common technique for vibrato on the sax is to move the jaw up and down, using the same technique as for adjusting your intonation. This can also be done on clarinet. There is also lip and diaphragm vibrato.

I've been cautioned that diaphragm vibrato can make you sound like Kenny G, which would cause you to burn in hell for all eternity.

  • +1 for the caveat about eternal damnation. Unwitting diagram vibrato horrors averted. – Todd Wilcox Mar 21 at 3:17

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