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Newbie and vibrato question
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June 14, 2015 - 3:08 am
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Hi, there.

Complete math geek here. I've been studying violin for 9 months with a teacher. I'm away from school to resolve some health problems so I have a lot of free time to practice. Currently, I'm working my way through the Wohlfahrt 60 etudes (this week: etudes 9, 10 and 13), Sevcik opus 1 and Suzuki book 4 (Seitz). I have a "decent" arm vibrato except for the fourth finger, which I can vibrate on only if 4th finger vibrato isn't at the end of some series of slurred notes or something more complicated. I'm pretty critical of said vibrato, though, and my goal is to improve with daily exercises. Does anyone have any tips for improving arm vibrato specifically?

I practice 2-3 hours a day and scales and arpeggios have really improved my playing a lot. I think when I started I could not slur 4 notes and now I can do 12 -16 (thanks to sevcik/wohlfahrt etudes). I'm slowly getting better each day. I'm working on improving shifting and 3rd position.

I'm devoted to violin but, oddly, I don't know if I have any particular goals, really... I'd be happy with decent intermediate playing and good expressivity. In truth, I'm just glad to be learning an instrument: it's really cathartic and I love the challenge of it. In some ways, it reminds me of math, the diligence and care it requires. Also, I have Aspergers, which is a high functioning form of autism, and playing an instrument and going to lessons has made me more social than I might be otherwise. 

I was told by a musician that I have perfect pitch but I confess I don't know much about the phenomenon. Anyone have any insights or information?

Anyway, so nice to meet everyone. I'm excited to be here and I look forward to learning from you.

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June 14, 2015 - 2:28 pm
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Thanks for an interesting introduction.

Math goes very well with playing an instrument especially when it comes to rhythm. Seems like you have the other aspect as well with your sense of perfect pitch.
It also appears that you are doing things the right way to make some great progress. Would love to hear you play sometime.
You seem very social to me judging by your great introduction. I look forward to following your future posts and hopefully some videos as well.
Quite a few musicians here play live on Streetjelly.com as well which has proven to be great for motivation, nerves, and gaining friendships. :)
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June 14, 2015 - 9:08 pm
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Welcome to the forum.   It is very nice to meet you and hear news of your studies!  Congratulations with what sounds like a terrific start on your journey.    Post often and play even more.

cheers !!!!!'

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato


June 14, 2015 - 10:49 pm
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June 15, 2015 - 4:16 am
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Welcome ericad.

Sounds like you're making great progress, keep up the good work - and as Pierre said, it would be great to see and hear you play. smile


June 16, 2015 - 3:10 am
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Welcome to the forum.  My son has Asperger's and I tried to get him interested in playing something to no avail.  


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