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Katie M
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I keep hearing how mediation is the best thing for practicing vibrato because it’s all in third position. I can only play in first but I do have a print out of the notes on the neck. This is a very unorthodox way of doing things but would anyone who knows be able to tell me the notes of the first few bars please ? 

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Katie 

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What are you planning on doing, playing it in first position?

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Just doing what you are supposed to do . As in playing it in third 

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Oh, I see, I thought you said you couldnt play in third position.

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I can’t play in third position I just wanted to know what the notes are so I can just play the first couple of bars.. probably completely wrong way of doing it … 

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The first notes in the first position is Half note f sharp, which is tied to eighth note f sharp , and the goes to d, these are slurred from the first note. Then it is a triplet a ,d and f sharp, In the second bar it goes into third position, with half note b, then quarter note c sharp to d natural in a slur. 

Thats the first two bars  just played them on the mando, sounds ok the sheet music is the right one, vibrate where ever you want, by the way everyone learns the best way for them, if it works do it.

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If you will accept a bit of advice I think its good to challenge and stretch yourself, Spohr said if you dont constantly challenge yourself you will go backwards.

I would play each note as slowly and perfectly as I could before moving to the next note, third position isnt magical and its no more difficult than first, its just repetition gettin used to where you put your fingers all over again, which are slightly closer together, which is why I told you from the start train your ears because if you dont it becomes harder the higher up the neck you go  see what I mean about tapes now. If you know what the note sounds like its easier to hit it, I play all my practice pieces in third position, I hit bad notes constantly but I correct them and eventually I will get them all bang on. 

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Amazing thanks stringy. I’m going on holiday tomorrow I’m taking my violin. See how I get on with it. Thanks for the advice as well.

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If you want to practice vibrato, without it being in a piece you cant go wrong playing two octave d major scales in first position vibrate b with your first finger, then  c sharp with your second, and d with your third, and if you are feeling adventurous e with your little finger. then the same backwards, like fiddlerman said if you want faster vibrato just cut down the width you move your finger,. just dont do the wrist thing like I said in other posts, because its wrong.

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Hope you are going somewhere nice enjoy it;)

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Ok I do sort of practice that in a weird trying to do vibrato kind of way! Thanks we are off to Tenby in Wales to see the puffins! 

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 I  thought maybe you mean't playing Meditation From Thais helps to play vibrato? I wasn't sure exactly because the word is spelled mediation later and the full name wasn't given? 

I love that piece. It's one of those I plan to one day play well.

If you intended just "meditation" overall, as in a relaxed focused state. I think it helps to focus that way no matter what you are playing. Instead of seeing the music like I'm attacking a challenge, which usually leads to more aggressive playing mainly focused on playing the notes and not so much on technique, I am trying to focus on the little things like more refined gentle attacks, wrist moving at the right time etc.

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