Once you start learning vibrato, is your left hand position supposed to permanently change? I currently position my left hand as described in this article, with the base of my first finger against the violin and providing stability.
Now when learning vibrato, it appears I am supposed to rotate my entire hand counterclockwise so that my thumb is slightly more under the violin and base of first finger not touching violin. It seems awkward to keep shifting back and forth between the two positions (original one taught to beginners and new one required for vibrato), so are you supposed to just permanently use this new position once you've graduated to vibrato?
I'm wondering why they don't just teach beginners to play without the base knuckle touching to begin with. Now that I am having to position my left hand differently, my intonation has gotten horrible. I feel like I need to practice with the new left hand position without vibrato just to get the intonation right, and it feels a little like starting over. Is this normal?
Thanks for any advice.
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