A couple years ago my last teacher told me I had a wrist vibrato, and that I should be using my fingers instead. She gave me some exercises to do and I've been doing them off and on. I came to violinist.com to find exercises I could do at work since my practice time is extremely limited, but it seems that most people don't do finger vibrato anyway.
I picked vibrato up more than learned it back when I was 8 (my teacher said she never taught it until kids were a little older, but I wanted to sound like her and did it anyway...) so it always seemed natural and I never thought about it much. Four teachers later, only the one who gave me the finger vibrato exercises commented on my vibrato technique, so I assumed I was fine, but now I'm not sure. If nothing else, picking it up "naturally" can't possibly be good technique, right???
Is finger vibrato the ultimate goal or is my wrist vibrato perfectly fine? Do good violinists use each kind of vibrato in certain instances? If I should be doing it, are there any good exercises I can do while at work, driving, etc.? Any red flags besides tension and overuse that I should be looking out for?
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