Should you be using arm vibrato on repertoire while learning wrist vibrato?

December 27, 2018, 12:57 AM · Should I be using vibrato as normal while I'm training wrist vibrato or should I stop it all? I don't know if using arm while learning wrist will be counterproductive or not.

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Edited: December 27, 2018, 7:06 AM · If your present vibrato is not faulty - stiff, with a gripping left hand, (or gripping chin) - it shouldn't interfere with the new motions practiced separately.

Most good vibratos seem to be a blend of arm and hand motions. Your hand vibrato should eventually integrate with the arm vibrato.

December 27, 2018, 10:57 AM · Probably not. Ask your teacher. He/she likely wants you to learn one motion at a time.
Edited: December 28, 2018, 11:14 AM · I learned wrist vibrato first, but eventually needed to add an arm vibrato for certain situations. (Double-stops, wide 1st finger vibrato on lower strings, etc.) After being stuck for a while, my teacher recommended a "vibrato cleanse" where I used no vibrato at all for two or three days (including no arm vibrato training), then no wrist vibrato for two weeks. That was what I needed to learn the arm motion. After that two-week "cleanse" I was able to work on my arm vibrato separately while resuming wrist vibrato in normal practice.

It was only after I had a completely secure arm vibrato that I started experimenting with a blended arm/wrist vibrato; the blended motion came within only a week or two at that point. I still use a pure wrist vibrato at least 80% of the time, but now have both the blended and pure arm options to use when appropriate.

YMMV, but that's my experience adding one type of vibrato motion to another.


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