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Vibrato is so hard!
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NYC Violinist
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Ok so I have been playing violin for 6 years now and I simply cannot do vibrato correctly. I've watched every vibrato video on youtube and I can't seem to get it right.  I find it difficult to keep the pressure (keeping the string fully down touching the fingerboard) while vibrating. Are my strings too tight? Any tips or exercises would be greatly appreciated =D.

-NYC Violinist

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Fiddlerman
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January 25, 2012 - 10:58 pm
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Did you watch my 3 vibrato videos?
I might be able to help you.
If you have Skype, add fiddlerman and request a free 10 minute lesson by chat when you see that I am online. If you don't answer it could be that I am not really by the computer.

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I find I can do finger and some wrist vibrato but I have great difficulty with full arm vibrato.

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try this exercise from Mad_Wed

http://www.youtube.com/v/AIa7MbE-mT4

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yea! smashing bugs, I had forgot about that one. Great exercise!thumbs-up

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That is our Naska. They have more bugs in Russia. LOL
Just kidding Naska.

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I have actually tried to get a little ahead of myself, and have attempted to do some vibrato, but it is definitely harder to do that it looks (Just started playing a few weeks ago). However, that is one of my goals, I want to be able to do some vibrato around June or July, but it would be nice if I can incorporate in my first piece (Twinkle :-)). I keep telling myself that I am just not ready yet, so I can take things slowly, and focus on my intonation, and learning all the placement of the fingers and notes.

"No one can do everything, but everyone can do something."

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Fiddlerman
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January 26, 2012 - 10:57 pm
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It's fine. Just have fun and do what you enjoy doing. Sometimes it's more important to enjoy yourself than doing things the best way.

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Fiddlerman said

That is our Naska. They have more bugs in Russia. LOL
Just kidding Naska.

duncecap actually i guess it's true...birthday_balloonroflol not righ now maybe - because of winter...

@ Kevin: Thank You =) You always promote my videos =)))coffee

 

I've almost forgot! i've found this several days ago:

WARNING! FOR THOSE, WHO REALLY DON'T KNOW HOW TO MAKE VIBRATO: DO IT LIKE FIDDLERMAN AND NOT LIKE THAT GUY- THAT GUY IS JOKING!


how to do vibrato correctly

How can he keep the serious face all the way? duncecap I'm also amazed by his bowing surprised!! Excuse me but he is awesome i was LOLing about 15 minutes.. See! Vibrato is easy! =)

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*mind blown*

"Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild."

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Where did you see that Naska?

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I would like to see some more of his lessons.

Like how to properly cross a busy street!exactly

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He's better at it than I am

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Fiddlerman said

Where did you see that Naska?

On Youtube =) I've found it suddenly, when was looking for some Solveig's song full version with accompaniment rofl

 

Late Bloomer said

I would like to see some more of his lessons.

Like how to properly cross a busy street!exactly

LB, give the boy a chance! He definitely has an actor's talent =) roflol

 

Kevin M. said

He's better at it than I am

=3 Impossible! birthday_balloon If it is so, then You coud try it without the bow first, Kevin! I like to practice vibrato, while watching a movie late at night .. =)

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You mean to tell me that is not what Vibrato is supposed to sound and look like? Darn.... That is exactly what is looks and sounds like when I do it and I thought I was making progress.... Oh well back to the drawing the board I guess.

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rofl

I just checked out the video you guys were talking about. He is hilarious. Isn't it funny how bad videos like that can get more views that great videos.

The cool thing is that he does it with a serious face.

Thanks for the post.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Hahaha,
I didnt just lol at this guy, I belly laughed! He was so funny. I still titter half an hour later when I think of his technique. But he is BY FAR better than me.
Love it!!rofl

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Thank you Naska!! dancingdancing

You will make an excellent teacher one day.

I read post and I'm not quite sure how to do what has been suggested, then like above when you said practice vibrato without bowing it makes sense.

I have a new way to try vibrato cause 2 hands in 2 different directions =failure for me.

 

Thanks again.

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screeeech said

I have a new way to try vibrato cause 2 hands in 2 different directions =failure for me.

If so , then try to do it very slowly: concentrate only on the bow direction and left hand movement, for example 2 or 3 left hand vibrato movements parallel to the strings and 1 full bow stroke down.  Not even necessary to put finger on the string - You can do it only for coordination at first. Then do the same with a finger on a string - that will sound pretty ugly (i promise yell) But it can help You to coordinate different movements of your hands... I used to do this and i'm still alive, You can do it too =)

Also if coordination is so hard - try the "Sirena" exercise: Put any finger on any string and slide it up with full size sow stroke, and then back down with the bow in opposite direction.. If You hear a dog barking outside - consider as a success !birthday_balloon

I'm not good at vibrato, but it helped me... i discribed only self-verified excercises so i don't know if it will work for someone else... at least if You try it, i don't think there will be any harmdunno

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The sliding idea sounds great. I have to try it. You always come up with ways to treach.  After you are famous will you start doing lessons for free on the internet?

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