I tried to learn vibrato as a schoolgirl but when my teacher told me I was only moving the skin on my fingertips, I gave up. At the age of 30 I took up folk fiddle, for one year; vibrato wasn't necessary but I wanted to master it for the sake of my confidence & did exercises. Then a new job called & I stopped playing again. Fast forward to last year, aged 60, & I have to be dragged away from practising my violin. But with my history, I'm not sure I'll ever get the hang of vibrato; and since the repertoire I like best - folk, Playford & Baroque - is not 'vibrato-rich' should I just forget it? Or would it do wonders for my
confidence, not to mention my tone? And is it possible that a different type of vibrato - wrist, say, not hand - would be better for me, as my fingers are short? I'd love to hear from more experienced players, especially those who took up the violin, or went back to it, as an adult.
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