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Karenlynda
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August 28, 2012 - 7:01 pm
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Hi folks, I'm a new member who's been learning the violin since May. Does anyone have any tips for practicing vibrato? I'm finding it very frustrating, how do I relax my hand enough, whenever I try vibrato the violin shakes. Also I find it hard to control the bow, it's like trying to pat my head with one hand and rub my tummy with the other

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Hi Karen and welcome to the forum.. There has been much discussion in the past year about vibrato. There are several technique's that can be used to develope good vibrato. Personally, I have the same problem's and have been playing violin off and on for about 65 years.

Some say it's not necessary in the beginning stage's of learing to play, other's say do it.  You can check the Fiddlerman tutorial video's, there are three or four on vibrato technique.   Also if you dig into the archive's of the forum post's you will be able to find about 50 post's on vibrato that other member's have submitted.

I wish you luck with it. Some say it's easy, some say not so easy. I suppose once you catch on, it's easy.

Good luck with it.          crossedfingers    dancing

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Fiddlerman
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August 28, 2012 - 9:59 pm
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Just for the record Karenlynda, it's ok for the violin to shake a little.
Finding the right angles and relaxed movement is important. Only use enough pressure so that your fingers make contact with the fingerboard. Try to relax...... Try to time you bowing with your left hand fingering. One note per stroke or two notes per stroke, etc. until you get used to doing two things at the same time.

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Kevin M.
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This is the best exercise I have found for lossening up your fingers for vibrato.

It's from Mad_Wed.

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

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Karenlynda
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August 29, 2012 - 6:20 pm
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Thank you all so much for your advice, I'll certainly try out your suggestions.

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Mad_Wed
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Hi, Karenlynda!

Here You can find the other exercises for vibrato. Maybe will be helpful.

http://fiddlerman.com/forum/te.....exercises/

And i thought of another one, if You have problem with coordination:

Do some vibrato movements with your (left) hand, while brushing teeth (supposedly with the right one, LOL). Weird but simple and helpful - i did it, no extra time needed.

=)

Welcome to the forum!birthday_balloon

BTW, You could search for another "vibrato" topics (plenty of them here) on this forum - there were another advices, i don't remember them though..

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Karenlynda
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Thanks, some interesting stuff there

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Karenlynda
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Hi, guess what, I think I've almost got it, it won't be long before I post a video... yipee!!

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Hooray!

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