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One thing I noticed quite usefull is to practice with metronome. It’s easier to control the speed of vibrato when I hear the rhythm.
I can handle this when I’m focusing just that, but adding vibrato to some real song is whole different thing. I allways practice new pieces without it, and try to add it when I know the song good enough. Then I decide which notes should have vibrato, usually half notes and longer first.
This is what I’m practicing daily. I really, really want to learn make vibrato with every finger and in every position. But I’m strugling with 3rd position just now, especially A string. I’m not sure where my thumb should be and do I need to keep my elbow down or high.
Question. Is it ok if my finger is not curved when I’m doing vibrato in 3rd or 4th position? My teacher said it should be, but it’s so much easier to get vibrato sound better if my finger is straight. I don’t have this problem in first position, it’s easy to keep fingers curved there. Picture below:
I have been practicing vibrato A LOT in recent days. I have tried it with every finger and in every position, and it basically works fine with most of them. (Well, not so good in 4th position.) I think I got the main idea, but definitely need much more practice because adding vibrato to the songs which I’m playing now is still difficult. I feel like I’m loosing that idea as soon as I have to focus on other things as well. My thumb becomes too tight and I think that is the main problem. It stays relaxed when I practice just vibrato, but not when playing something faster. I have tried to talk to my thumb that it should behavior better
So I need more exercises in slow tempo. I actually found Chanson Triste very helpful song to practice with, so I will continue with it.
I can’t believe, but I got it!
I was playing the Russian lullaby that I have practiced a lot, and then suddenly something just clicked. My thumb stayed relaxed and fingers curved, even in 3rd position which has been so difficult earlier.
I don't know what happened! I'm just hoping this will stick now. My vibrato learning process has been bouncing up and down, first it was easier in higher positions, then it was totally impossible, then I had huge problems with my index finger when all the rest worked just fine etc...
The only difference I can see is that I put the watch on my wrist. I haven’t used it for a long time, but could it really help me to focus better on hand position?
But wow, it feels so good now.