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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000056.txt from 1996/04

From: Nick Shackleton <>
Subj: Re: Vibrato?
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 1996 12:33:24 -0500

There is at least one other way: I understand that the Hungarian
taragato-player's vibrato is generated by vibrating the tongue against the
lower lip (this for information, not advice!)
> There are three ways to do vibrato on the clarinet:
>1) The air virato: this is what flute players do - they simply pulse the
>air with their diaphragms (actually blowing harder, then softer, then
>2) The lip vibrato: this is the standard Jazz vibrato and most
>clarinetists who use a vibrato doing classical music also use this
>method, simply toning down the amplitude of the vibrato. To do this, you
>loosen and tighten the lower lip so the pitch actually fluctuates
>3) The palate vibrato: this is the singer's vibrato. The soft palate at
>the back of the throat vibrates on its own due to air pressure producing
>what I feel is the most natural sounding of the three types.
>Unfortunately, I cannot do it myself. Most people I know who do it came
>to it naturally - their bodies just did it. This is how Harold
>Wright did it. In fact, he didn't LIKE the fact that he did it but
>he couldn't control his palate. One of his students told me that when he
>told Wright that he loved his vibrato, Wright replied (to paraphrase),
>"Darn, am I doing it again?" However, Charlie Neidich took
>voice lessons to learn to let his palate vibrate and now does it this way.
> I guess one could also do it by shaking the instrument or using fingers
>to cover and uncover holes the way you do on baroque flute but these
>methods would be just silly on a modern clarinet.Hope this helps.
>Fred Jacobowitz
>Clarinet/sax instructor, Peabody Preparatory
>On Tue, 26 Mar 1996, Jonathan Terry wrote:
>> I'm a student and was wondering how to learn vibrato.

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