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Vibrato Progress
Looking for feedback on vibrato progress.
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December 25, 2012 - 4:00 pm
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Here's an example of where I'm at with vibrato.  I can do pretty much the same on all four fingers in 1st and 3rd position though 1st position is more difficult.  Also, 1st finger in 1st position on the E string is still very unreliable.

Observations and recommendations are requested.




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December 26, 2012 - 3:14 am
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Try doing it in the mirror, watching your fingers do the motion required and try to relax and allow them to speed up a little each time you practice.

Think about moving them only 1 way, they will naturally return without thinking about it. Makes for a smooth motion. Looks good though for the time you've been playing.


"If you practice with your hands you must practice all day. Practice with your mind and you can accomplish the same amount in minutes." Nathan Milstein

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December 26, 2012 - 5:04 am
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Mate, well done. I've been learning for 9 months and still can't do it at all. Bravo.

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

Kevin M.
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December 26, 2012 - 8:04 am
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That is great Joe.  Keep going at it.


December 26, 2012 - 12:35 pm
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So one thing I notice is that on some fingers your vibrato (at least it appears in the angle of the camera) that your vibrato is going at an angle to the strings. I would think that makes your motion less efficient, try and keep your motion parrallel to the string.

Another thing might be to practice one particular aspect, so I notice you are playing in 3rd position with the palm of your hand anchored against the fiddle body, I don't have a fiddle near me so I can't check to see if this would impact my vibrato, but I would guess it might have some affect. But more to my point, maybe just work on one thing at a time, just vibrato or just 3rd position, that way you don't have to think about multiple things going on at the same time. You also might try just playing single notes, like a C on the A string, and practice your vibrato, again less things to track in your head.


Great start!


December 26, 2012 - 12:40 pm
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Well done, Joe. You got something good going there.


As you asked for recommendations, may I suggest (until your vibrato gets really well-developed), decrease the amplitude, in other words, tighten it up a little so you are not moving the finger so much. Just a touch of vibrato to sweeten up the notes.

At the moment the movement is there, but because the vibrato itself is slow, it's tending to sound "wobbly" rather than colourful. If you can manage to decrease the rolling motion a little, you'll find it will improve your sound.

Have a look at my vid here : at 03'40 I explain about the "wobbly" sound.


Mr Jim

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December 26, 2012 - 1:01 pm
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Thanks all, for the observations and advice.  It is really appreciated.

FYI, this is not how I practice.  Every once in a while I try to see if I can put a little vibrato into a tune just for fun. 

My practice is much more mundane and boring.  I start in 3rd position, with fingers just sliding on the strings, then move to one finger at a time, no bow.  Then on to adding the bow.  Then, repeat the whole process in 1st position.  I also usually include a metronome to try to keep the movements as rhythmic as possible.  Whenever I get uncomfortable or something seems out of whack, I go back to the simple fingers sliding on the strings to remind myself of the motion.


Anyway, thank you again!


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