I've in the past week been inspired in a couple of concepts by watching some Taryn Harbridge videos on youtube- who I'd never heard of previously.
My own mimd I call a "stick figure mind" because when exposed for the first time to something, I have self-observed my own tendency to draw a stick figure resemblance of it somehow. While sometimes I can look at something people have done a certain way for years, I have some ability to remove myself, analyze both the functions and their roots and come up with a fundamentally better idea, I also at other times find myself doing stick man level imitations or interpretations until a point I look back in embarrassment at my own crude interpretations of others' brilliance As a student of mindfulness it's an aspect I've decided to work on. Enough babble!
So the point is, I finally got vibrato going a few years after taking up the violin. But I had a stick man vision of it- it was almost something purely physical by the time I got it down and I started vibrating my crude playing with it. Maybe I finally reached the point to go beyond.
Something in Taryns playing- and her vibrato is natural and lovely- made me realize that there can be more right hand and bowing involved than I've usually heard from others. I pictured a "sweet spot" in my mind where the rhythm and vibration of the bow and right hand dancing blended with the rather unsupported stick man image vibrato I was pleased with drawing before that.
I think I found some of this- it's almost working backwards, not from printed music notation and pre-prescribed tempo, but letting the vibrato more define the piece, than the other way around. It makes me think anyway - inspires and excites me.
Then, just this evening I was listening to her Wonderful Cross medley and noticing what lovely tonal flow I was noticing particularly when she was playing in the lower notes, and I wondered: "Is she actually just slurring some notes? How does she get this smooth sound?"
So I picked up the violin and started to see. No they aren't slurs, but what seems to be is a wise use of the vibrato to enhance and smooth out the scale direction. Then I started applying a very slight "micro slur" with the fingertips as they made contact- and in the direction of the next note- and VOILA! there it was. This advice may well be out there already and I have to confess I haven't much formally studied vibrato beyond these chat boards and some youtube vides, but the concept is new to me and I think will propel my own efforts forward greatly.
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