How did you learn / how do you teach vibrato?
A recent thread about vibrato problems featured an OP who began learning vibrato with arm vibrato exclusively. One of the other posters stated that she was taught starting with wrist/hand vibrato.
It got me wondering how vibrato is taught nowadays, if there is a majority consensus or if every teacher finds their own way of introducing it.
I learned all three versions--arm, hand, finger--of vibrato simultaneously. I was given rhythmic exercises (no bow, just the left arm/hand motion) to do on all four fingers on all four strings. First with the arm, then with the hand, finally with the finger, slowly at the beginning, then speeding up by increments.
After a few weeks of this my vibrato appeared basically by itself with little extra effort.
What was/is your experience? And for the teachers out there: How do you teach it?
I personally taught myself an arm vibrato (I was taking lessons at the time, but my teacher had not yet introduced vibrato or vibrato exercises). Luckily I learned it correctly. I later learned how to use wrist vibrato, but still default to arm vibrato.
Here is another recent thread where people have commented on teaching vibrato: (it was a bit harder to find because "vibrato" wasn't in the title)
I came up with a cool speed up vibrato exercise that works for all levels from starting out vibrato to more advanced players as a warm-up. A parent live recorded and shared this demonstration at a lesson pre-pandemic. Just uploaded it and hope it helps!
It is true that there seems to be an aha-moment, when something clicks and an usable vibrato all of a sudden becomes possible. It happened to me--after a few weeks of the preliminary exercises I tried to describe. Very different from intonation for example which I never seem to learn for good.
So far, we have much excellent advice for learning the various components of vibrato. I have a more unified approach which my students have found very effective.
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