Which finger do you find easiest for vibrato?
Numerous pedagogy courses have informed me that, in general, the easiest finger for most people to vibrate is the third finger, and so starting with the third finger can be helpful when first learning the skill. It's true with many students as well as many developed violinists, but not with everyone! I currently have a student for whom the first finger is definitely easiest.
I still remember learning vibrato (mostly in an unconventional way, practicing the movement at my desk at school, finger by finger.) Once my muscles became a little stronger, I was surprised to find that the fourth finger was actually pretty easy, and the first finger more difficult!
What's certain is that the muscles required for vibrato are not generally a set of muscles we cultivate in "real life," so it takes a good deal of persistence and repetition to build them up. During that initial time, the vibrato will not necessarily sound good, too, so it also takes some faith!
If you have a well-developed vibrato, all you have to do is to put the fiddle on your other shoulder and try producing a note with vibrato in the right hand, and you'll appreciate what the beginning vibrato student goes through!
That said, we each generally have one finger that is easiest to vibrate. Which is it for you?
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