[Harp-L] Michalek's tongue vibrato (was throat vibrato)
I think i may have found the post i was asking for. It was from Sept. 2004,
i believe. Anyway, here is what i found. I also read a post where our
Michelle referred to hearing Chris' terrific vibrato on samples available at
Chris' website. Is that still available?
ron - see below
Here is the info, excerpted from Chris's post of Thu, 23 Sep 2004, entitled
"Tongue Vibrato and Howard Levy":
the vibrato you speak of is a classical style vibrato; Violin, cello,
vocals etc... The easiest way to learn is through singing. Most
people have the ability to produce a tone and then vary it in pitch.
I suggest try singing first - a note not a song.
When I teach others I try to get them to whistle a tone and then add
vibrato - that is EXACTLY the same action that is inside my mouth.
Muscle memory? I don't know. I know I don't have to think about
doing it and when I play, I don't think to add vibrato to a certain
note. It just comes out. Of course I can be intentional about it if
that's the effect I want.
As for me personally, I can't roll my tongue. I can do a belly flop
but not a belly wave. However my belly does jiggle if aggitated. I
think you maybe over analysing the vibrato thing. Take a step back
and focus on yourself as a musician instead what the tongue is doing.
Learn to do it musically without the harp and it will come lickity
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