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What's a good piece to get started on vibrato?
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I am gradually progressing from a weird quaver to something like a respectable vibrato and I am looking for a piece of music that really needs vibrato.  I am at the point where I can navigate Kruetzer's Etude #2, so it doesn't have to be too simple.  But I assume its going to be slow with sustained notes to show off a vibrato.

What is a good piece to get started showing a vibrato?

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Hey Pop ,

Sounds like yer having fun and making progress ...even a simple tune can sound great with a bit of vibrato ....my fav for getting started with vibrato is Au Clair de la Lune ...even the expanded , simplified version which uses mostly A string with a couple of the same note on D string sounds very nice with vibrato ...and the regular version as well ...give it a look if you are so inclined ...i think you'll like it and get quick results you will be happy with ....violin-1267Have fun     Be happy

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Au Clair de la Lune, that's nice.  I was looking for something a little more classical, something composed specifically for the violin.

I was thinking there might be an Etude composed for the vibrato.  I am looking at Kreutzer's Etude #1. There are a lot of long notes there, but its otherwise a pretty tough piece and it will be month or so at least before I can play it loosely enough to apply a vibrato.

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I'm finding Brahm's Wiegenlied for violin to be just about perfect to start applying a vibrato.  I'm using the arrangement in Coetzee's Easy Guide to Violin.

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scales

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Yeah, I'd agree with scales.  And any exercises or pieces that you personally feel will sound good with a bit of vibrato.  Might be best to stick with scales or other exercises or pieces you already have down well, so you can focus on vibrato when you're practising it.

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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PopFiddle said

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What is a good piece to get started showing a vibrato?

I emphasize, "showing" a vibrato.  Sure, when you are first making the basic motions, it is most natural to apply scales, and I have.

But the vibrato is a way of adding expression to a piece and some pieces lend themselves to vibrato more than others, especially when you are just starting out with vibrato.  It is a different challenge to apply vibrato in a musical piece than just simple scales.

Basically you need a piece where there are a good number of sustained notes, at least quarter notes, but maybe a few good whole notes too.  Wiegenlied is good for that and also the slow pace suggests a nice slow vibrato for the beginning vibrato.

There also should not be too many open strings in the piece either because, you can't perform a vibrato on an open string.

The latest group project, House of the Rising Sun has a lot of vibrato opportunity for the beginning vibrato.

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meditation from Thais

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pky said
meditation from Thais

That's good. A little advanced, but maybe it's slow enough for a beginner to work at.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PfNnAs6C88

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