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Re: british bandsman

This message was contributed by Simon H on 9/10/02.
It was in reply to this message: Re: british bandsman
posted by Simon Lenton on 9/10/02.

Hi Lucas,
Interesting question.
In the UK orchestral world there was a fear of vibrato throughout the 60s & 70s, maybe as a reaction to the strong brass band culture. Nowadays symphonic players play with vibrato in solos and straight in tutti passages. What's the problem, vocalists & string players use vibrato all the time. We are trying to be musicians after all. I suppose it's the context. It's finding the style that suits the period and nature of the music.
I recently attended a brass clinic given by a well known cornet player. He said that amongst the cornet players in Black Dyke Mills band throat vibrato is avoided in preference to a controlled chin vibrato. It can sound fantastic when a whole band play in a similar style.

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