Vibrato: should it match the tempo?
I have a question about vibrato. I've heard many times "your vibrato is not matching the piece, it's all over the place". I understand that you can't just vibrate as you desire, each piece has its own vibrato, more or less.
My question is: should the vibrato match the tempo?
That means, when you vibrate you have "peaks". Should those peaks match the tempo, for example, 4 peaks per beat, or 7 beats per beat, or any integer number per beat?
Or it's not that mathematical?
It's not that mathematical.
Yeah, exactly, I hear that "feeling" thing a lot, but is that "feel" secretly implying an integer number of peaks per beat?
To précis my first sentence, No.
Record yourself with a click, slow it down in Audacity, et voilà.
Thank you, Andrew, I just wanted to clear that.
Matching the tempo can be sort of a starting point, but as has been pointed there are no rules, and it can also be quite subjective.
My take on it is that you match your vibrato to your concept of the sound, which involves matching it to
We may practice our vibrato to a metronome (I don't) but as with tremolando, it should certainly not be synchronised to the beat.
I am the school of thought that vibrato has many variables in choice. Like a note, it should often be shaped when appropriate. Yes tempo is a factor, but so too is desired effect. Just as pianissimo can be relaxed or intense, vibrato can be lilting or laser focused using amplitude and intensity of swing along with arm vs wrist vs finger angle and placement.
No, it should match the overall character of the piece, which I guess includes tempo... The first thing that comes to my mind was this:
Vibrato speed should not match the tempo of the music, but should be appropriate to the pitch and the string length. The vibrato on low notes on the G-string should sound rich, wide and slow. That same vibrato high on the E-string will sound awful. High notes should have the fast,physically narrow vibrato. Also, when the notes are flying by at speed that matches or is faster than the vibrato (4-6 /sec) the notes will sound bent. Turn it off.
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