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Beginning Saxophone Vibrato
Saxophone vibrato is accomplished by moving the jaw up and down, much like saying the syllables
"WOW-WOW-WOW". When the jaw is moved in this motion, the pitch of the note flattens and returns. It is this
undulation of pitch that, when controlled, is a desirable quality of saxophone tone. Consider the following when
working on vibrato:
1) The key to an effective vibrato is contingent on controlling the speed and quality of sound produced during
the jaw motion. Use the exercises below to develop the mechanics of vibrato while focusing on agility and
flexibility. Always remember to play with proper embouchure and air support.
2) Eventually, the jaw motion should not be visually perceptible. However, when first attempting vibrato, it can
be effective to "overdo" the motion. As you practice, gradually minimize the jaw motion while maintaining the
pitch undulation.
3) Listening is the key to knowing how to musically apply vibrato in your playing. Spend time analyzing how
great players effectively and artistically use vibrato in their sound.
#1. Quarter Note Vibrato: practice with a metronome: q = 60-88
#2. Eighth Note Vibrato: practice with a metronome: q = 60-88
#3. Triplet Vibrato: practice with a metronome: q = 60-88
#4. Sixteenth Note Vibrato: practice with a metronome: q = 60-88
#5. Unmeasured Accelerando Vibrato
#6. Unmeasured Rallentando Vibrato