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I came across this on you tube while I was looking for a beginner version! The guy’s set up intrigues me as well as his amazing playing . How is he holding the violin ? It looks like he’s holding it up but he is doing vibrato!

I nearly fell over when he put ‘now it’s your turn ‘ at the end ! No way !!!! 

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I think it’s the camera angle that makes it look that way.  It looks like he’s not moving the angle of his hand at all, but he is because of the way his thumb changes position.  

I’m always intrigued watching good violinist play, and how with all the action going on, there is such a relaxed motion in their left hand.  I know we’re supposed to not tense up, but the smoothness in their vibrato seems to contradict the rest of what is going on.  

Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.

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Each first movement from the Seasons has been a grade 8 piece at one time or another, I think, but grade 8 candidates would rarely play it that well, if ever.

For some reason I've already subscribed to that guy's channel, but I don't know why.

I don't know what you mean about changing the angle of his hand. Do you mean when jumping from string to string? The key is to look at his left elbow when he goes down to the G string.

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Gordon Shumway said
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I don't know what you mean about changing the angle of his hand. Do you mean when jumping from string to string? The key is to look at his left elbow when he goes down to the G string.

Sorry for my brevity –

I was referring to the position of his hand as he shifts—he turns his elbow in as he moves up in position.  He moves his thumb from the side of the neck to the underside as he does so.  Because of this, his hand is at a different angle to the fingerboard (which is normal).  However, from the way it looks to the camera, it does not appear that his hand is changing at all because you cannot see the spacing (and how it changes) between the palm of his hand and the neck.

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SharonC said...

I must apologise - I didn't realise you and the OP were two different people. I know that Katie is British and a beginner, so I gave an answer that might seem simplistic (or even wrong?) to a more experienced player.

If (OP) holding a violin and vibrato seem contradictory, it's because you have to learn to hold the violin gently without clenching it and resembling a woodworking vice! The thumb has to be relaxed, flexible and mobile. There are exercises where you remove your thumb altogether and hold the violin with your chin and stop the strings with no thumb support, but I hate that kind of thing - better to develop thumb awareness with the thumb in place.

Andrew

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