Flute Punch

Basics of Vibrato

Posted on: September 14, 2008

Courtesy of Ann Yasinitsky, Clinical Assistant Professor of Music, Washington State University

You must be supporting the sound from the diaphragm before you can produce vibrato correctly. The addition of vibrato to a well-supported sound adds elegance and beauty. To start experimenting with vibrato, take any note which is easy to play and produce a series of “huffs” on this one note. Next, try to connect these huffs together. Start slowly at first, your tempo should be about quarter note equals 80 MM. Then, increase your tempo and try different vibrato speeds and intensities.

from “A Little Bit About Flute Playing”

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