How to Produce and Practice Classical Saxophone Vibrato

with Vandoren Artist Andrew Allen

Date Posted: December 02, 2023

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In this instructional video, Vandoren Artist Dr. Andrew Allen discusses and demonstrates classical saxophone vibrato. Topics include: what is vibrato, how it is produced, and how to refine it.

0:00 Introduction: What is Vibrato?
0:50 When to Learn Vibrato
2:15 How to Produce Vibrato
3:17 How does a Saxophone produce vibrato?
4:54 Exercises to Refine Your Vibrato
7:16 Vibrato in Context
8:14 Final Thoughts on Vibrato

More about Andrew below

In demand as a soloist and chamber musician, Allen has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, and Croatia. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma State University Chamber Orchestra, the University of Arkansas Wind Symphony, and the Midwestern State University Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble.

Allen is one of the most active researchers and public pedagogues of the saxophone today. His articles have appeared in The Instrumentalist, Teaching Music, The Saxophone Symposium, Saxophone Today, The NACWPI Journal, JazzEd, and School Band and Orchestra, among many other publications. Allen has lectured throughout the United States and abroad, and has presented clinics at music education conferences throughout the country, including the Texas Music Education Association Convention. He is editor of the NACWPI Journal and serves on the editorial board of The Saxophone Symposium.

Andrew J. Allen is an assistant professor of music at Georgia College & State University. He has previously served on the faculties of Midwestern State University, Valley City State University, and Claflin University; and he holds degrees from Tennessee Technological University, Central Michigan University, and the University of South Carolina. His primary teachers include Phil Barham, John Nichol, and Clifford Leaman, and he has received additional instruction from Joseph Lulloff at the Brevard Music Center, and Claude Delangle, Vincent David, and Arno Bornkamp at the European University of Saxophone. Allen is a Conn-Selmer Artist-Clinician and a Vandoren Performing Artist and he performs exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones and Vandoren mouthpieces, reeds, and ligatures.

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