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October 22, 2012 - 9:00 pm
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I've been playing for 3 years now and I'm moving on to learning vibrato and this is where I'm having troubles. What are the correct ways to do it and I don't mean as in arm,wrist or finger vibrato. I've watched many professionals and I noticed the movement of the finger varies from person to person. Some people 'roll' their fingers. Like basically their finger rolls from one side of the nail to the other and the finger stands nice and tall with an arc then some people do the finger 'bending' where the first joint of the finger bends up and down to make the sound. I hope I described it clear enough for you to understand. Is the 'rolling' correct? That's how my first teacher taught me but my second teacher is saying that's wrong and now I'm confused. I do see more people doing the 'bending' one but still. If I see a professional using other methods I just assume they're doing it properly.

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October 23, 2012 - 11:58 am
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October 23, 2012 - 4:43 pm
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"Everyone" plays different. I don't think that is something wrong or right when it comes to vibrato. I don't think I ever have seen two people play exactly alike, in every single thing. If you can produce the right sound, without messing with the other strings, you probably do it right. 

'Armed with theory, practice becomes meaningful. Through practice, theory becomes fulfilled.' - Egon von Neindorff.

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October 23, 2012 - 6:43 pm
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Rolling and Bending is right. Your finger tip rolls backwards and forward and to achieve the rolling your joint needs to bend. However, if you achieve a nice vibrato any other way, good for you. smile

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October 27, 2012 - 2:14 am
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I watched, practiced, (failed miserably), and then just let me fingers and hand do their own thing... bingo... in about a week I went from struggle to moderate achievment.

FM knows his stuff... guide and teach and then you have to take the jump yourself and either sink or swim...


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October 27, 2012 - 7:38 am
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First off, MysticArtist, welcome to the forum. cheers

Vibrato has been a subject around here for a long time, it keep's popping up every so often. What is correct, incorrect, the best way to practice, it's a great topic.

Personally I suck at it but I know how to do it, if that make's sense. Should the finger cover both range's / both side's of a note, should the finger be placed on the note and then rolled back only or should the finger roll back and forth beyond the note to actually create three seperate note's in a four combination movement by rolling or bending the finger. Example: C, Cb, C, C# then back to C ? or should it be C, Cb, C. I tend to play the first combination. Some people play too much vibrato meaning their vibrato begin's at the very start of the note and play it through the whole count of the note, whereas vibrato should start and finish toward's the end of a note, much like a singer's voice, a singer fade's into their vibrato at the end. In my opinion anyway's.

But, I agree with both Fiddlerman and HatefulPain that whatever work's for the individual should be fine.

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