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I notice that playing a controlled and musical vibrato is more difficult on some notes. This seems to be more pronounced with notes where most of the keys are open, e.g., 2nd space A - C#, and on softer reeds where there is less resistance.

I expect long tones and a slightly harder reed would help.

Any other helpful suggestions or comments welcome.
 

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Vibrato in and of itself is an exercise, I try to tie it into scale playing. Use a metronome, and do your vibrato in eighth notes at about :line2: = 54 . It'll sound rediculous at first, but do each note, slooowwly and stupidly and go up a familiar scale. then, speed it up, slow it down, change the pace to sixteenths, the point here is uniformity, yea, the more shaded the instrument is the less effect it has because the air is traveling a lot farther before it waivers out of the tone holes. The scaling exercise gets your brain and your jaw working on muscle memory for those tones, much like scales do for your fingers, so you can concentrate on musicality instead of pitches. =)

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