I just realized by reading some violin technique books that I have been doing part of the vibrato technique all wrong ever since I started! Or am I?
Through my entire playing life, I have started my vibrato up (sharp) and then rolled down, and the two books I've read said to start the roll down (move flat) on the pitch. I tried the "correct" way and it does seem to sound fuller, but I'm not sure if that's just wishful hearing. None of my prior teachers even mentioned it because I suspect they never noticed it and/or that I have a "good" vibrato; I don't take lessons now (hence the books). My playing level is that of a mid-to advanced player (but certainly not pro) - ref: working on Bach's Chaconne and Kreutzer now with pretty good success. Concertos are beyond me but my goal.
What are your thoughts about the correct way to start the vibrato, and if it is, why is that?
P.S. On a side note, I've noticed that when I play those open string notes on another string, that the synchronization vibrate my open strings so much that it actually hits the side of my finger I'm playing on that other string. Ex. playing G or A on the D$ vibrates the G,A string. This is a new violin.
Again, the open string vibrates laterally so much that I get a buzzing sound because it hits my finger! I have flattened my fingers so that I have stopped the vibration on the open string, which makes the note sound warmer and fuller so I'm good with that but I'm just wondering what that's all about. It didn't happen on my older (and lesser quality) violin and I was playing the notes in tune then, too. During the new-instrument 6-month tune-up the luthier didn't say anything about it, although I didn't mention it.
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