Thank you for your email.
As I am relatively new to playing the sax my head is buzzing with all the info etc.I have heard the terminology of” Vibrato” & I was wondering where ,when & how you play it. Are You able to help Me.
Sue D from New Zealand
You’re welcome. Vibrato is mostly a stylistic element. So you can add as much or as little as you want. Something like classical clarinet has no vibrato. If you listen to Stan Getz play Brazillian jazz, it doesn’t have much vibrato either. Most sax players do use some vibrato, but in their own way.
Violins & string instruments move their strings to create vibrato, sax players do it with the jaw. Think of making a “wah-wah-wah” sort of sound. An exercise I did early on, told to me by a teacher, was to do the “wah” thing as quarter notes, eigth notes, triplets, and then sixteenths. It is somewhat mechanical, but will give you practice and once you have done it for a while you can start adding it into your playing more easily.
Listen to sax players that you like and see how they incorporate vibrato.