Any opinions on arm and wrist vibrato? I'm effectively choosing between the two, at least which to use normally. Vibrato hasn't quite worked out for me in the way that other aspects of technique have.
My impressions of the two types when they are perfected is that arm vibrato gives a wonderful tone (Kreisler had this I think!) but hand vibrato has more brilliance and clarity, and more flexibility. Is this justified? I like the arm-vibrato sound, but somehow hand-vibrato seems more natural when playing Mozart say.
What about long-armed and fingered people being naturally disposed to arm vibrato?
(My situation: For many years I had an arm vibrato. My last teacher put me through a regime of changes to do with reducing tension and overall body control - he practiced the Alexander technique, which Mr. Brivati is a proponent of here. I changed to hand vibrato because my arm vibrato seemed to be a source of tension. The changes in general were very fruitful indeed but I never quite got the hand vibrato. It's not flexible, and it is very slow, which means I don't have any leeway to adjust it expressively. I'm not sure whether to try to get it right or go back to arm. I notice watching the Art of Violin that I'm missing flexibility in the joint nearest the fingertip and the circular motion that Basics talks about.)
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