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Mendy Smith

Vibrato on a Cing

May 5, 2008 at 2:21 AM

After a very intense, sometimes frustrating, weekend of practice, I finally did it! I'm vibrating on my C string. And it isn't just a wiggle or warble here and there when I try very hard, but a real honest vibrato!

My C string (and G, & 1st finger D and A string) vibrato is now how my D and A string vibrato started several months ago. I can only vibrate on half notes or longer right now. With a few more months of work, it should be where the rest of my vibrato is today.

I have waited a very long time for this to finally happen, and it wasn't an easy process. Once my C string vibrato becomes more natural, I'll go back and fix my bowing. I don't want to lose what I just gained.

I am so happy that I have a teacher who is so patient with me and so willing to go down any random musical path that I wish to take - even when that path takes me well beyond my current abilities.

It says alot for a teacher who will do this while still maintaining the discipline of what I really need to be learning at the time. The look on his face last week while I moved on to page 3 spoke volumes of his patience. I thought he was going to start crying, but not from my ability, but more likely due to the pain that I was putting his ears through at the moment. Even though I gave him a pair of ear-plugs, he still refuses to use them!

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