Painfull Vibrato - No shoulder rest
So, I ditched the shoulder rest some months ago and I am happy with the resulting changes (mainly my left hand frame is much more effective, and my sound has improved because of it.) Shifting was a challenge but I am overcoming it, slowly but surely.
The one issue I have is with vibrato. My fingers don't really bend when doing vibrato, it's more of a wrist action. The base of my left hand index touches the violin even when vibrating. This over time has created a callus there, and now after about one hour of playing it begins to hurt. I obviously must be doing something wrong, maybe I have been gripping the neck too hard? Any ideas?
When I play "restless" (just to show I can..) the violin neck rests
Whether you choose to play restless or not, there are ways of making it work. However without being able to see what you're doing it would be really hard to assess what could be done to play with greater comfort. Have you been to a teacher or colleague about this?
"maybe I have been gripping the neck too hard?"
Ray, if you are using arm vibrato, you might find it useful to develop a wrist vibrato for 1st and 2nd positions - works great and easily for 3rd and above and might help reduce the need for shoulder rest in lower positions.
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