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Nope, it didn't. Here's a link to a video of me trying to figure this out:
What is my problem with vibrato? I'm puzzled by this blockage because I use vibrato on guitar, but with the fiddle, my arm and hand position are different. Am I developing a bad habit by pinching the neck between my thumb and the base of my index finger? In viloinstars (oney and a twoey) and fiddlerman's and violinlab videos, they talk about having a space between the palm and the neck.
Looking a Terry's recent post here on vibrato.
I've been playing for 10 months now, and I'm at a stage where some of the nice waltzes and slow pieces are too flat without some vibrato.
From what I see, your wrist is overly bent instead of straight and your elsow is next to your side, you have to get it under the violin. In doing this you put extra strain on your wrist, keeping your hand from moving. Next you are holding onto the violin with your left hand very forcefully, with this your fingers cannot be nimble. Can you hold the violin up without your left hand, easily? If not your chin rest and shoulder rest are not proper for you. The left hand should be able to move easily so you can do arm vibrato. Check out the video on holding the violin and on arm vibrato.
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Well... I didn't know how to describe this with words, and realized that i'm not so good with English... so... maybe this will be useful
Welcome to the forum, BTW! =)
Nice Naska! just try to put vibrato on every piece while you're practicing(slow but even vibrato is a very good start) and make sure that you're very relaxed, it takes months to take to have a good vibrato.
haha me too I'm not soo good in english lol, at first I thought you're an American.
PS I tot it was naska's thread haha my bad
I made a video too, but FM's video is more helpful than this lol, but this is the way how I do my vibrato.
I tried explaining it again in a new video. I hope this helps. Lot's of great advice above. Naska's angle was brilliant.
Thanks for this vid FM.
I hadn't thought about stabilising the violin with my right hand to maximise the practice with my left hand. Before I had spent more time readjusting the instrument as it was moving more than my finger.
I am amazed at how old people of my age are.....
Great info here. I seem to be able to make the proper motions for vibrato and it feels fairly natural, but I have 2 problems (I think) which are hindering me:
1. My finger doesn't "stick" to the fingerboard at the note I choose... it wants to slide up and down the string -- does this mean I need to apply more pressure?
2. When I hold the violin, the top-left edge of my palm (just at the base of my index finger / knuckle) touches the E-string side (edge) of the neck. I notice in MadWed's video that she is not touching the neck at all in that area (she only toucher with her thumb and the finger she is vibrating with). In FM's video, it seems that he does touche the neck in the area I am as well?
If I try to make a space between that corner of my palm and the neck, the violin wants to slide and I feel like I'm going to drop it. Is this normal, or am I holding it incorrectly?
Also, I found this video with slow-mo to be helpful. This lady doesn't seem to touch the neck, either.