Vibrato

April 23, 2020, 9:02 AM · Right. This has been something thats bothering me for the last few days. I have been working on my vibrato during quarantine trying to make it as continuous as possible, but when I do it my finger struggles to say in the same place during it. It has a habit of sliding back towards myself. Its frustrating, but I don't want to presss harder because I feel I am pressing plenty enough as it is.

Any suggestions? Thanks.

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April 23, 2020, 10:57 AM · At last something you can practice silently!
April 23, 2020, 11:00 AM · Haha I like that. I guess your right. I found something else anyway
April 23, 2020, 11:57 AM · Maybe use less force on the vibrato so there is less subsequent movement. Or try a slower vibrato at first. I'm trying to revamp my vibrato (long-term project!).
Edited: April 23, 2020, 2:48 PM · If you're really planning to attend conservatoire in a few years then you need to get with your teacher and rebuild your vibrato totally. The longer you wait to do that the harder it will be. Suffice it to say that if you are doing a standard wrist vibrato, that your wrist cannot pull out so far that you have exceeded the amount of "give" available in the shape of your finger and the tip of your finger slides toward the nut. Obviously it has to rotate back on the pad of your finger from the tip otherwise the pitch will not change, but not so far that it doesn't come back to center. The other thing is that in a proper wrist vibrato you need to make sure that you're not just pulling, but you're also getting your finger all the way back on the tip. I had that issue and it was my entire hand position and whole approach to vibrato that had to be rebuilt. That's why I'm saying that's what you need to consider doing with your teacher. If your teacher cannot help you fix this then you need another teacher.
April 23, 2020, 5:42 PM · Paul that makes sense. I'll talk to him about when we organise an online lesson. Since I posted this, its got a fair bit better. It may be a sunconscious thing but yeah. Still will ask though. I dunno if it was a fluke. I'll try again tomorrow
April 23, 2020, 7:42 PM · The other thing about vibrato is that you can't coast once you think yours sounds good. You have to maintain it with targeted exercises. Simon Fischer has some good ones in his book "The Violin Lesson." Laurie's latest blog post might seem too simplistic for a budding virtuoso like yourself but one thing I've learned is that you can't really waste time reviewing the fundamentals of something as important as vibrato.
April 23, 2020, 8:01 PM · I have the violin lesson, but haven't checked out the vibrato part. I was impressed by Laurie's video. I'm gonna try some of them during practice later today

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