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Coordinate your vibrato and improve your legato

by | Jan 15, 2017 | Ory's Tips | 0 comments


Ory’s Flute Tips

Coordinate your vibrato and improve your legato


Imagine you have a beautiful, all legato, singing melody to play and you’re definitely going to use your vibrato. Have you ever considered how does your use of vibrato effects your legato and how could you make the notes you are playing the most connected?

Each one of us uses a different vibrato. Some use a quicker vibrato, some prefer a slower one. Depending on the musical context we can choose our vibrato’s speed and adapt a quicker or slower speed. It would probably fit in between a triplet up to a sextuplet in one bit.

The most important part for a smooth vibrato-legato connection is the last wave of the vibrato on one note and the first vibrato wave on the next note. The timing of the change between the 2 notes have to perfectly match your vibrato – that means that you should change to the next note exactly with your vibrato waves. Otherwise, the result you get is a non smooth legato, in which your vibrato doesn’t fit.

How to practice that? Very simple. I have created for you an exercise as an example. You can change the notes as you wish and just keep the instructions as written. Feel free to print it and use it with your students as well.


Legato-Vibrato Excercise

Try it out and let me know how it feels.

Enjoy experimenting,

Ory Schneor is a principal flutist with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Tongyeong Festival Orchestra and member of the Geneva Camerata. He is teaching masterclasses around the world and he is the founder and instructor at FLUTEinWIEN

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