One of my friends mentioned to me today that my vibrato is way too intense. Which is funny, because my weak vibrato has always been one of my problems. It's been a few years since I've had an actual teacher, and I'm certain that I've built up some odd habits, but I never thought that my overcompensating for weak vibrato would be one of them.
That reminded me of a Sarah Chang video on YouTube, playing Air on G. I've never really liked this performance; her vibrato seems way too strong.
I can't tell if she's lacking control the way I am or if it's a valid stylistic thing. Either way, it sounds and looks a lot like my vibrato, and I'm not sure I like it, especially for a piece like this. On the first note you can hear her bow bouncing from the violin's shaking.
So that brings me to a few questions... what exactly is good (wrist) vibrato? Is Sarah Chang's vibrato good, bad, or entirely a matter of preference?
My guess is that ginormous vibrato might be good for a performer's career because it seems more virtuosic and powerful and leaves a strong impression, but that musically speaking it's not too good.
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