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My hunch is that the number of hits on the vibrato and holding the violin videos greatly outnumber any other.  Fiddlerman, is that so?  And if it is, do you have a theory on why that is the case?

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Everyone wants to learn vibrato - it's fancy and beautiful dancinbunny

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Searching YouTube for "fiddlerman.com" and sorting by view count gives the top five posts by 1stfiddlerman as:

 

1.) Cecilio Black Metallic Silent Electric Violin-- 52,864 views

2.) Learn Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the Violin-- 48,309 views

3.) Piazzolla Histoire du Tango- Violin and Guitar-- 33,718 views

4.) 99 Dollar Violin Test-- 33,098 views

5.) Violin- Hand and Wrist Vibrato-- 20, 666 views

 

So it's the second ranked lesson video that FM has posted which would fairly well support your hypothesis.  You could do the same thing for other online violin instructors and see what their top-ranked videos are and if vibrato keeps coming up.

 

My guess is it would be a popular search topic because it is difficult to do on top of being a very nice ornament for a piece.

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That is funny. My least favorite video "Learn Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the Violin" is second. Not that I haven't seen it before......
Is Twinkle Twinkle such a great tune??????

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Good grief.....

 

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Fiddlerman said
Is Twinkle Twinkle such a great tune??????

I think the appeal is that it is 1) short 2)familiar and 3)most people can tell if they are getting it right or close to right

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It's also a piece that is one of the first people tend to learn in any lesson book.

 

I loathe "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."  I was quite thrilled when I learned that my fiddle instructor would not require me to play it.  When I ran across it in the lesson book I was going through with my classical instructor, I zoomed through it as quickly as possible.  Unfortunately, she subjected me to a duet. 

 

Never again.

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Twinkle , Twinkle sucks! Big time! I hate the tune!!
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Well I do now since it was all I could play for weeks that sounded anything like a recognisable tune. I used to go to sleep at night with it ringing in my ears.
He's a Pirate part 5 is now coming a close 2nd.

Just jkg all!
It's a great beginners tune
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The two octave C major scale lesson got about 3000 compared to 48000 for Twinkle Twinkle.  This supports my personal befuddlement with why scales practice doesn't seem to work for me (or for most people which explains why Suzuki is so popular)

6 year old child:  learns scales as a series of absolute pitches that are stored in long term memory...thus develops the *unusual* ability of "absolute pitch" recognition which is only possible during early brain development.

Adult: try to learn scales like the 6 year old child but the associations of pitch and name won't stick in long term memory.   But the adult brain is good at storing and differentiating *patterns* of pitches which essentially is a strong melody like Twinkle Twinkle.

I suspect a similar phenomenon occurs with vibrato.  The adult brain is hardwired and movements tend to be symmetrical.  Move the bow faster and the speed of the vibrato wants to do the same.  Vibrato brings into the picture the issue of independent control whereas simply stopping the string with a finger is more a coordination problem with the bow and it is much easier.

Ironically, I believe learning violin as an adult should be much faster if not easier than a child if certain methods are explicitly used to overcome some not so obvious problems.

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when you learn on your own, you get to skip twinkle twinkle.  however, learning those easy short songs helps you get more songs with more shapes.  Even though they are easy and anoying, they do help. 

i'm going for the harder songs and it takes me longer to learn them:  thus making my learning curve more shallow.  i think i'll learn some more of the short easy songs after this contemplation.

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I think after listening to Composer, I will give up since it is imposible to play a violin.  It must be magic and my wand is broken

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Terry said
Twinkle , Twinkle sucks! Big time! I hate the tune!!
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Well I do now since it was all I could play for weeks that sounded anything like a recognisable tune. I used to go to sleep at night with it ringing in my ears.
He's a Pirate part 5 is now coming a close 2nd.

Just jkg all!
It's a great beginners tune
roflol

I gotta tell ya man, you're listening to the WRONG version. You need to play along with this one! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....ure=colike

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WOW, I stand corrected Kevin...

 

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LOL Kevin,

What are you going to do with that extra bow you bought today now that you are quitting. LOL

I forgot about my Twinkle Jam.... Now that I think about it, both Gail and Naska jammed with me too. Yeeeeeee Haaaaaaaaa

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Who knows what I'll do with it.  I already have a few I'm working on now. I do have an idea for a quick and simple fix for the bow.  I'll let you know how it turns out.

 

My wife has an acordian from her aunt, maybe I'll play that. I would be afraid that I might start playing polkas though.

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Fiddlerman said
..I forgot about my Twinkle Jam.... Now that I think about it, both Gail and Naska jammed with me too. Yeeeeeee Haaaaaaaaa

still jamming! =) My tempo s*cks facepalm Need more practicedrooling

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WOW, this is the first i've heard FM do Twinkle, I too have shed new light on the piece.

FM, have you ever played it with the orchestra, because it is concert quality.

 

MMMMMMMMM,, how sweet it is.clap

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Well I think this song is worst than Twinkle Twinkle but gives me the same vibe....

 

http://www.youtube.com/v/1eh2KPGBHMM

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roflol
Yeah, don't ever sit by me and practice Twinkle, Twinkle lol

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