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March 6, 2013 - 12:26 am
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I really enjoy the violin. I always have and it's my first instrument. I'm taking lessons at a music shop in my town, but I'm having some trouble. When I was really young I broke my left wrist in 2 places and it never really healed right. Anyhow, it's hard for me to play with shifts, and especially trying to do vibrato. My wrist feels like it's locking up or something and won't let me do it. I heard somewhere I think on youtube that there are different ways of playing vibrato, one is with the wrist and the other I think was using some sort of elbow motion?

Does anyone have any tips that might help me compensate and be able to play a little better? If I play slow stuff I'm actually not running people out of the neighborhood anymore, but I have a really hard time playing anything with a fast tempo.

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March 6, 2013 - 12:38 am
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With old injuries, it's really about what's most comfortable for you!  I have a pretty bad spine injury and had to make several adjustments to my playing style as well.  Don't let those things discourage you!  There are definitely more than one way to skin that cat!

With vibrato, if you are having problems with wrist/hand vibrato, try using arm vibrato!, I said "vibrato" a bunch there! LOL

Arm vibrato uses your bicep muscle with a bend at the elbow rather then the wrist.  FM has a great video on it!  Check it out:


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March 6, 2013 - 4:33 am
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The piece of advice that I would like to give you without sounding 'negative' is listen to some of the Great fiddlers and tell me that you 'have to' use vibrato to be great


I always find that a comfort violin-1267

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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March 6, 2013 - 9:33 am
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Ferret said
The piece of advice that I would like to give you without sounding 'negative' is listen to some of the Great fiddlers and tell me that you 'have to' use vibrato to be great   I always find that a comfort violin-1267

I think vibrato is like really good salad dressing....sure the salad and croutons are delicious, but the dressing....oooh man, takes it to the next level. And soon, I can make my own dressings.

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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March 6, 2013 - 1:47 pm
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I know your ailment is different than mine. I would say something about vibrato, but I'm not the expert.


I have arthritis in my left, but I'll be darned if that is going to stop me.




Playing til it stops tickin.



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March 9, 2013 - 7:51 am
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Fiddlerman has some good advice about using the full arm vibrato.  It wont involve any minute wrist movements and is quite relaxing.  Think of a large tree branch waving in the wind and slowly moving back and forth.

Otherwise give the vibrato learning process a liesurely length of time. 



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