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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000513.txt from 2003/06

From: Jimmy Lee <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Vibrato on the Clarinet
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 17:38:11 -0400

So Mr. Brash a conductor that does not want clarinets to use vibrator is a
loser. Interesting. It would seem that a loser conductor would need to do more
that object to clarinet vibrato to be considered a loser. Just thinking out

"Brash, Alexander" wrote:

> Using just diaphragm or just lip is, I think, not such a great idea. The lip
> component of your vibrato should be so small that you can't see your jaw
> moving in the mirror when you do it (unless you're trying to play with a
> wide jaw vibrato for some particular reason). Otherwise, you're likely to be
> changing the core of your sound, and make the pitch fluctuate rapidly. The
> point of vibrato is not to try to hide intonation problems, or to be so wide
> that the tone has no core.
> Just diaphragm will not produce as rich a sound as diaphragm and throat
> combined. But it's a good idea to practice them separately.
> Anyone who's still against all vibrato in "legit" playing...pick any of
> Charlie Neidich's or Jonathan Cohler's recordings. Listen to them, and then
> tell me with a straight face that they sound heinous and that the vibrato is
> horrible and is destroying the performance. Dismissing something out of
> hand, without experimenting yourself, is silly. If you have a teacher that
> says not to do it, challenge them on it, make them explain why it isn't
> good, then (and they'll inevitably fail) experiment yourself anyway and
> decide if YOU like it.
> Another sound to consider: a very slight vibrato that "sweetens" the sound,
> but is difficult to tell whether or not you're using it. I use this sound
> with loser conductors who are against vibrato altogether, they can never
> tell I'm using it, they just think it sounds good. I think someone discussed
> this in a recent article of the Clarinet.
> Alexander Michael Brash
> Education Dept, New York Philharmonic
> 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, 5th Floor
> phone (212) 875 - 5735
> cell (646) 284 - 0439
> email
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Livingood LCdr Randel []
> Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2003 12:49 PM
> To: ''
> Subject: RE: [kl] Vibrato on the Clarinet
> Jason,
> My instructor just introduced me to vibrato so I will offer you a novice's
> perspective. He told me I could use jaw movement to create the vibrato or
> diaphragm. I found the diaphragm to be more pleasing to me, but both
> worked.
> Best Regards,
> Fr Randel
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jason Spradlin []
> Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2003 9:43 AM
> To:
> Subject: [kl] Vibrato on the Clarinet
> At the risk of sounding silly, I have a simple question to ask. I hear
> songs all the time where a clarinet is holding a note vibrato. But, I've
> always been taught to try my darnedest to hold a note steady. So my basic
> question is, is playing vibrato accomplished through the embouchure or the
> diaphragm? I asked my aunt the same question (she has been playing for
> about 20 years or so) and she hadn't a clue, never tried, she said. And,
> I've been having trouble accomplishing it myself.
> Jason Spradlin
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