November 2009

Never underate this little rotation!

November 5, 2009 07:36

Dear v.commers, as I often say, I am maybe a little too obsess with "sound" issues and every technique related to it.  I know I shouldn't be because my sound is very "ok" for my situation since I do not earn my life out of music or anything the like but I can't help it : ) Though I do earn my joy out of music so bad sound = not happy!!!  

Thus, one of the things I'm very obsessed with is vibrato (maybe also because it's not the easiest thing for toothpick sized fingers).  I agree that the bow is the articulation of music and the most important thing but there is no music without rich vibratos either... I happen to love finger and wrist vibratos for their very personnal and smooth "unstiff" sound.   But since a while, I was really not happy with mine and with the winter comming up here (cold and humid), I found they got narrower and narrower.  I always knew by reading on the net and Buri mentionned it too when we had these controversial posts about the "king" that rotataing lightly the left forarm and wrist was an important skill to aquire in order to vibrate well. But instinctivly, without realizing it, I just went back and forth (without going up the tone) with a very poor rotation... When I foccused on this slight rotation, the sound and all the resonating of my violin immidiately got improoved. (not perfect but much better than with poor rotation).   I was shocked to realize that our mind is uncounsciously so focused on this back and forth motion of the finger that we forget all the other important things in vibratos...  Then I suppose my bow will take bad habits while I work on my left hand... I'll check this!    No, the violin journey is never finish and each time you tell to yourself: how come I didn't realize x and y znd z were bad sooner. But this is violin!

Have a nice day and don't forget this little rotation...   


Hope I won't do rotation night mares...

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