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Vibrato, Best Excercises
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April 11, 2017 - 12:02 am
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Disclaimer: I know I am not a violinist, I am a violist. However this topic, I believe should receive input from violinists as well since vibrato for both is basically the same technique, though there are a few subjective differences. That's why I posted it here.

Anyway, I am struggling with learning vibrato right now, I really need help in regards to learning exercises that help with getting used to the left-hand motion and all that.

Any thoughts are welcome.

Thanks in advance.

Jim Dunleavy
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April 11, 2017 - 3:33 am
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Fiddlerman has quite a few vibrato videos that I've found useful, but right at the start I found some on YouTube (search will give you loads) that showed starting by sliding your finger up and down the string slowly at first, before trying to hold the note down. I found that very useful.

Disclaimer: my vibrato is not fully functioning yet by any means - I can play a decent vibrato on a scale or individual notes but am still struggling to switch it on reliably during actual tunes. If anyone has any tips on how to do that, I'm listening!

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April 11, 2017 - 8:37 am
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The exercises my teacher had me do was to do practice 2 vibrato motions per slow bow, starting on the 2nd finger on the A string. Then slowly move up to 4, 6, 8 etc. It's a slow process, but it's how to make sure you get it going right. 

Another thing she had me do was to practice the motion without bowing, while doing things like watching tv or reading stuff online. I did that quite a bit in the beginning to get used to the motion. She told me that I could also practice it a little bit hold the violin like a guitar, but I mostly did it with the violin in normal position.

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April 11, 2017 - 11:08 am
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Funny thing about vibrato. It feels natural when you can do it but it feels like the most unnatural thing possible before you learn it.
I tried doing it with my right hand and it's crazy difficult even though I know how to vibrate.

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