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Ferret
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Hi All

I've been thinking about vibrato and was wondering 'when' a learner should start to give it a go. I suppose its never too early

 

I'm finding that the first problem I'm having is that my right hand seems to want to do what the left hand is doing. They don't seem to want to work independently when its comes to vibrato. They work OK when it comes to putting the left fingers on the notes while bowing with the right, but vibrato, no way. Are there any exercises that I can do to help overcome this?

 

Any opinions and suggestions would be appreciated

 

Cheers

John

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Vibrato uses a bunch of muscles in a very unfamiliar way.  It's a matter of training or re-training.  In a way it is not even a "violin" skill ..... just motor coordination.

There are many "tips" about the subject but in the end it is a matter of time and  practice. 

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It truly is a matter of practice!  I finally "found" my vibrato last week after trying different things to help it along.  I've only been playing (off and on) for about 3 months now.  It really depends on how comfortable you feel holding the violin!

I posted my experience with it here:

http://fiddlerman.com/forum/le.....n-vibrato/

You'll find yours soon enough!

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As Oliver said: it's motor coordination... Just like the first time you tried to rub your belly and pat your head, was probably very difficult at first, then you caught on, same type of thing. You'll catch on eventually.   clock Just a matter of time, but don't give up after a few minutes of trying, it will take time.

When you first begin your vibrato, it will come, almost unnoticeable and very slight, but as you continue to practice it will improve each time you play.

I was having a very difficult time learing it myself, but I kept at it, concentrating on vibrating the fingers. I'm still not very good, but it's getting better each day, a little at a time, be patient. It's not easy for me, as I am old, old, old, but i'm getting it.

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Good practice would be to chew gum and walk at the same time....Just kidding.
I think the independence thing is a matter of time and practice but slowly at first. Maybe time your bow strokes with vibrato at first like one wave per bow then two waves per bow... build it up slowly until you don't think about it anymore and it just comes by itself.

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If you are ready for it go, do it thumbs-up me I will work on my intonation and making a real nice sound while bowing before thinking about vibrato. When my position is nice and my playing is nice then I'll go for vibrato so I can concentrate only on that instead of struggling with 3-4 different things at the same time.

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John you could take up flying helo copters.rofl

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NoirVelours said

If you are ready for it go, do it thumbs-up me I will work on my intonation and making a real nice sound while bowing before thinking about vibrato. When my position is nice and my playing is nice then I'll go for vibrato so I can concentrate only on that instead of struggling with 3-4 different things at the same time.

You make a very good point there. Perhaps I'm jumping the gun a bit

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springer said

John you could take up flying helo copters.rofl

Actually I have flown RC helos. The advantage of RC is you aren't sitting in it when things go pear shaped. wink

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