THE FLUTE VIBRATO BOOK
by Patricia George and Phyllis Avidan Louke
(pub. Theodore Presser Company)
Violinists of the past have had a huge impact on modern vibrato usage. Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) was the first violinist to use a continuous vibrato in performances even though the use of vibrato had been written about in early violin treatises. Isaac Stern (1920-2001) reflected, “The vibrato should be carefully planned.” Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987) said, “Vibrato…is part of each individual musical personality, something one is born with…expressing one’s temperament.” Most violinists learn to vibrate in their first year of study. This should be true in flute pedagogy also.
This book defines vibrato, explains how vibrato is produced, offers a wealth of information about learning and refining the skill, and its usage. Well-known melodies are used throughout so the flutist can focus on the vibrato production. Whether you developed a natural vibrato or are learning vibrato for the first time, the explanations and exercises in this book will enhance your vibrato production and control. This book is designed for flutists of all ages and levels of advancement.
For sample pages and other resources, see below.