Advanced Violin Teacher in Toronto or Niagara Falls Area & Vibrato tips?
I’m looking for a good violin teacher in the GTA or Niagara Falls area (preferably Niagara Falls). For reference, I’m currently working on a mix of RCM level 10 and ARCT. My parents and I have no idea where to start so any names and contact information would be helpful.
Also, do you have any tips for developing a beautiful vibrato? I can vibrato but I lack speed control (always too fast) which just makes it sound narrow and not at all beautiful. Should I be doing vibrato exercises? It’s very frustrating because my teacher hasn’t come up with any ideas or methods to help fix the problem. She just says to try and imitate great violinists, don’t practice vibrato and it will come naturally. I’m not so convinced that my vibrato will improve if I don’t practice it. I have watched so many YouTube videos yet I am still struggling. Please comment any advice you can think of.
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I might can help you with your vibrato.I am a retired concert violinist from Budapest,Hungary.Living in Toronto for 40 years.I use to have my own violin school...now I have 3 students...teach at home.Send me an email and will take it from there...email@example.com
Jeewon Kim has been a frequent contributor to V.com (less so in recent months) and I believe lives in the Toronto area. He seems brilliant at diagnosing and helping people fix technical issues. See if you can track him down.
Nothing simply happens without practice. Try Simon Fischer's 4 vibrato exercises from "Warming up", or the exercises in the vibrato sections of his "Basics" or "The Violin Lesson".
In terms of teacher, I would start with Toronto Symphony musicians (you can contact their office and see if you can get contact info), or if you can cross the border to take lessons, Buffalo Phil musicians. In terms of vibrato, see if this playlist has something that speaks to you for refining what you already have:
If you haven't already done so, you should probably talk to your current teacher about your concerns and your desire for a new teacher. She may be willing to refer you to a colleague.
May I quote from two old posts of mine..
This is way above my pay-grade violin-wise, but I will make one suggestion which is to work on this aspect of your playing with simple repertoire that will allow you to concentrate 90% of your mental bandwidth on the vibrato issue. Not your latest high-octane concerto movement.
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