Later in my violin journey I developed the varying widths, speeds, and type of vibrato. After teaching vibrato to countless students I have learned that there really is not a universal recipe of teaching vibrato. Every student was different and every vibrato that was developed had its own personality and flavor. Which is absolutely wonderful. So....Last week I was asked during my Online Violin Scale class, “What is the SECRET to Vibrato?” I easily avoided the question and said that is for next week's class:) But if I had to say one secret and only one secret to vibrato it would be............. A Relaxed Left Hand It is absolutely imperative to have a relaxed hand in order to have a healthy vibrato. Yes it is true, you can vibrate with tension but who wants to listen to that and you are doing yourself more damage than good. If you find this to be happening, STOP !! Don't encourage vibrato with tension. It is better to not vibrate and wait until you can developed a relaxed vibrato. Whenever I start to teach vibrato to a student I first ask them to demonstrate to me what they think is vibrato with their third finger on the A or D string. This lets me know what our starting point is and which vibrato that they are naturally able to do. For example, if a student shows me an arm vibrato at first then that is what we focus on developing first and if they are naturally able to do a hand vibrato then that is what we develop first. SO tips and Exercises to developing a healthy beautiful vibrato. No matter if you are developing an arm or hand vibrato it is imperative that you start with a relaxed left hand and arm. Have a great violin hold with your jaw and shoulder and shake out your left hand. Bring your left hand to the violin completely relaxed
ARM VIBRATO EXERCISES
Exercises for both vibratos No matter the type of vibrato that is being developed, it is very important to feel your fingertip glued to the fingerboard and is being moved by the arm or hand.
Advanced Exercises (after the vibrato is well established) Apply these exercises to your scale practice (ideally to a scale you feel very confident about the intonation. The purpose here is really to practice vibrato not the scale)
I know there is so much more that can be added to this list and if you have had your own personal breakthrough vibrato please share below. Vibrato, like many aspects of the violin, is a personal journey. You can have guides on your journey to help but your vibrato is truly your vibrato :)
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Freedom - Something that I have been obsessed with you can say...
In the states, for 10 years, my vanity plate was libre_1, "Libre" is french for Free - Free One.
Too funny because now I'm writing a post about freedom in the violin journey including freeing the ONE - the first finger on the left hand of the violin.
In this fantastically delish freedom post we will discuss:
1.Freeing the one in the left hand
WARNING: This post is JAM PACKED of Golden Nuggets for your violin journey.
One of the biggest and most common problems I observed in students in my 20 years of teaching resulting in very large intonation issues was the first finger not being used properly. I was guilty of it myself at the beginning of violin journey because no one taught me how to properly use the first finger. I was just told to play a low 1 - ok, so I did but my teacher didn't go into details about how to achieve that. This is the case for many violin enthusiasts on the beginning of their journey.
In the video training below, I discuss in detail the importance of the first finger behaving properly - How to FREE the One by basically unlocking it at the knuckle to play low one.
Post #6 of "The Great 38"
As mentioned above, the topic of freedom is a very expansive topic. In our violin journey, we desire technical freedom and relish in musical freedom. Learn in the video below extracted from Violin Fitness, how you can find your freedom within bars - not the corner bars but the bar lines constricting the measures....
(The video is a bit shaky because I was out in nature and it was taken by my phone but the content is completely with it !)
Freedom Within Bars (bar lines)
I know I pack it full of information - tons for you to absorb, but it sure is fun.
Here is your Violin Secrets Video training extracted from the Intermediate level of Violin Secrets Academy.
Free the One in Third Position.
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