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Questions tagged [vibrato]

Vibrato is a musical effect consisting of a regular, pulsating change of pitch.

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Locked Wrist (Left Hand) + Vibrato (VIOLIN) [closed]

My private teacher is now teaching me vibrato, and she sent me home with a little exercise to do. SHe gave me one of those egg maracas, and she wanted me to hold it in my left hand and shift my hand ...
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Violin - How would you play vibrato on an open string?

I was learning vibrato on the violin, and came across this video. In this video, it tells you that vibrato is just a fast slur. Using that method, how would you play vibrato on an open string?
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How to play vibrato on the clarinet?

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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Is there a way to play vibrato on the piano?

I know this is a silly question, but I couldn't help but wonder it. Is there a way to play vibrato on the piano? If not are there pianos out there with this feature?
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How can you lower the speed of voice vibrato?

Over time with practise and good technique, I have finally developed a soft vibrato on the deeper notes. However, it is quite a fast-paced vibrato with a short period between oscillations. What ...
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vibrato on classical guitar is more of a “side to side” motion?

I tried doing vibrato like how I've been doing vibrato on my violin and I found that it works. Meanwhile, I tried to do vibrato by bending the strings on guitar in a "up and down" motion, there was no ...
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Signs Vibrato Isn't Coming From The Right Place?

If a singer is only able to vibrato at particular pitches or on certain vowels a sign that vibrato is being produce incorrectly, such as a vocal wobble? For example if someone who is new to vibrato ...
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How to fix springs noise on guitar with whammy bar?

I've bought cheap used electric guitar with nice reviews. As I played entire mounth I didn't encounter this problem. But yesterday the problem appeared when I use whammy bar (vibrato bar). It seems ...
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How does the ear pick which note to hear when hearing guitar vibrato

When adding vibrato to a fretted note on an electric guitar, if I do so by bending the note up a semitone, I perceive as the pitch of the original note being modulated. When applying vibrato to a bend ...
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How do you play vibrato on the Violin?

I've been wondering how to play vibrato on my violin and I've tried. Every time I try, my whole violin shakes and I don't get that crisp bow sound.
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The role of vocal vibrato in a world where volume and large theatres are not a problem

I have had singing lessons for a while now. My teacher has said on numerous occasions ‘don’t worry about your vibrato, it is fine’. I still have to work the technique don’t get me wrong, but it is ...
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Vibrato on violin(with double jointed fingers!)

I'm a violin player for about 10 years. Since I was a kid all my fingers are double jointed (hypermobility) and makes it hard to play violin :) Now I'm trying to learn arm and hand vibrato and wanted ...
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Help with (what it looks like) vibrato

I used to see a lot of videos about how to do the vibrato, not because I wanted to develop it by myself, I trust in my teacher and she told me that I wasn't ready. I only did it because I wanted to ...
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Eliminating vocal vibrato

I am currently working on microtonality (I'm talking about JND pitch differences), and I want to know if solfege would be a possible way of learning this. The only requirement is vibrato smaller that ...
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What is the name of the “wrong” vibrato

Allison Sparrow posted this video on the right way to do vibrato, as opposed to a wrong one she also demonstrated quite poorly. What is the name of this "wrong" technique? Asking on reddit gave me ...
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Vibrato on the viola

I have been the viola playing for about 2 years, and I feel like now is the time to learn vibrato. I thought I knew how, but it was actually terribly wrong. My sister tried to teach me, but I just ...
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How to do vibrato on the saxophone?

I've recently gotten back into the saxophone (I play alto now, but learned on the soprano) and was wondering how to master vibrato. Any time I make even a slight change in my embouchure, it sounds ...
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How to play bends with vibrato on electric guitar?

I can bend strings easily and apply vibrato without much trouble, but when it comes to combining those two techniques I am totally lost. When I try to make vibrato on a bent string I loose control of ...
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What is the difference between vibrato and tremolo?

I was just wondering what are the real differences between tremolo and vibrato. Are those two different words for the same concept? Which one is used in opera singing? I searched to find the exact ...
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Erhu vibrato before Western contact?

Was vibrato known as a technique in China before the introduction of Western string instruments? How common was it to use vibrato when performing the erhu?
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How can I improve my classical guitar vibrato technique

I've been teaching myself to play some classical pieces on my nylon string guitar and want to improve my vibrato technique; specifically when holding several notes. I'm referring to the technique of ...
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How do I learn to play the flute with vibrato?

There are a few songs I've been playing that I would like to add some vibrato to (I think it sounds so beautiful), but I can't get the technique down. (I'm self taught since there are no flautists in ...
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Fingernails and vibrato

So I've been playing the violin for sometime, and I can play pretty well. But when I try vibrato, I simply cannot get it. I've been trying for ages now, and I've noticed that when violinists use ...
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How does one sing with vibrato?

I was reading this quesiton: What is the importance of vocal vibrato? I realised while I know what vibrato is, I have no idea how one does it. What does a singer physically do to utilise this ...
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What is the importance of vocal vibrato?

I would appreciate an explanation that addresses the following questions, and hopefully offers any other related insights: How does it help the singer? How does it help the listener? Is one expected ...
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Is there anything like “tremolo arm” for acoustic guitar?

If an electric guitar have tremolo arm, floyd rose, or bigsby for doing vibrato sound. Is there anything (or tool) that can make vibrato sound in an acoustic guitar. Other than manually pullback the ...
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string vibrato: before/during/after beginning of sound production?

I have heard from more than one string educator that in order to create a warm tone, it is helpful to begin vibrato motion in the left hand before producing sound with the bow. However, I have also (...
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When to start Vibrato (on any instrument)

As a bassist, I spent a lot of time with music teachers who told me I took too long to start vibrating. The example they gave (Jeff Bradetich, UNT) was of opera singers who begin vibrating immediately....
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How to control unintentional, natural vibrato in singing?

So, I'm 14, going on 15. And by vibrato, I mean of the voice (vocal cords?). Anyway, a good description of it would be that it just came out of the blue. I was singing to myself one day, maybe a ...
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What are some good tips for vibrato on a bassoon?

I understand it requires control of the diaphragm and air pressure, but how does one modulate it and are there any good exercises for training vibrato on a bassoon?
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Techniques to develop vibrato in singing

Is vibrato gifted or is it developed by constant practice? Are there any exercises or techniques to develop a good vibrato in singing?
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Is it normal for a 12-year-old to have Vibrato?

I'm only 12 and I have my vibrato. I have only been singing for 5 years! Is this normal?
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How do I improve vibrato and breath volume in singing?

Some people say that vibrato is a gift acquired by birth while some say vibrato has to be practiced and gained before puberty. Once puberty (10-12 yrs) is attained, and the male voice changes to a low ...
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Soprano recorder vibrato

How should I vibrate the sound of my soprano recorder? Note: I'm not sure to use the correct term. By vibration I mean producing the sound similar to vibrating your hand on a Violin during playing a ...
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Pros and cons of different types of vibrato on trumpet

Thus far, I've learned three ways of performing vibrato on trumpet: Diaphramatically (ha ha ha) By moving the jaw By moving the fingers over the valves What are the pros and cons of each? A trumpet ...
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How do I develop a good vibrato?

A crucial element for phrasing is vibrato, but while you can notate a great number of things, you can't really notate vibrato. I know it's important. I know B.B. King's butterfly vibrato is a big ...