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Vibrato practice session
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January 30, 2018 - 4:33 pm
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I finally decided to give it a shot. I practice vibrato about 5 minuets a day before my regular practice session. 5 minuets is all I can stand listening to my vibrato LOL. Any advice? Am I headed in the right direction?


Ferenc Simon

January 30, 2018 - 6:43 pm
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That's pretty much it :) You got arm vibrato down, now all it takes is doing this as much as you can without pain to train your muscles for endurance. Don't try to rush it though, speed up to where you mess up the timing, then dial it back just enough so you can do it evenly and keep it there, don't try to go faster.. If you do this every day you'll notice that this speed at which you can still keep it evenly will increase on its own day by day as your endurance builds.

What you could try in the meantime is to add a bit of wrist to it now and then (aside from your regular vibrato practice), just to start getting a feel for that as well. Using the wrist will allow you to do vibrato with much less effort at higher speeds later on. 

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January 30, 2018 - 9:20 pm
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Your motion isn't very consistent. After two or three oscillations it seems like your arm is having a spasm and ends in a very narrow shake. Both finger joints should be strong enough to not collapse, but flexible enough to bend when moving back and forth; while I cannot see the first joint, the second might be slightly rigid.

I suggest using a metronome. Set it at 30 or 40 bpm, do one full oscillation per beat, let it be wide, slow, and fluid, the idea here is get a slow continuous movement After feeling comfortable with the movement, do two oscillations per beat, the 4, etc. It's ok to do let the oscillations be more narrow when increase the oscillations per beat.


January 30, 2018 - 9:53 pm
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@Ferenc Simon Thanks for the feedback I will slow it down and try to nail the motion. The wrist vibrato was what I originally started with and it was difficult for me. I will give it a shot once I have more confidence.


@Gabriel great observations and I really appreciate the feedback. I will work on using the metronome. 

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January 31, 2018 - 2:12 pm
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You are definitely going in the right direction. Keep it up and it will become comfortable for you in no time. Great work!

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January 31, 2018 - 2:31 pm
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Glad to hear I'm headed in the right direction. Thank you! @Fiddlerman 

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