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Con Vibrato

I have been thinking about vibrato a lot.  About 2 years ago I had a vibrato crisis wherein I decided I hated my vibrato and pretty much cut it out of my playing as much as possible.  Fortunately, because most of my work is within quintet playing, I can actually get away with a lot of straight tone or at least very little vibrato. As my private studio has grown to the largest ever, I find myself needing to teach vibrato and not having much success.  In fact, I think I have only confused my students as I have endeavored to approach it utilizing different practice techniques in hopes of striking on one that will work for each of them.   One of my principal teachers developed my vibrato using measured vibrato exercises: ♩ = 60 Pulsing ♫ ’s Pulsing Triplets Pulsing 16th notes Increasing the tempo to develop many different speeds and with consideration for the the different effort required for each note.   In addition to developing my vibrato on bassoon with these exe