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richard barwell
Hi,

I've been working through a few videos, teaching myself some of the basics of violin, and I thought (as my left hand is fairly relaxed, and my first finger's base knuckle stays away from the fingerboard) that this would be a good time to begin learning vibrato.

I'm not sure quite where the strings should contact the fingers during a nice wide vibrato; in view of this, I have a strange request... would anyone mind maybe putting a dab of something (like chalk maybe, or even white board marker?) on their violin strings, performing a bit of vibrato, on all 4 fingers if possible, and then photographing and posting the resultant finger marks here on this forum? It might help me to understand whether my fingers are moving in the same way as more experienced players; something I can't grasp from watching videos.

Obviously if this request sounds like violin heresy then I apologise; I don't want anyone messing up their fingerboards or fingers to do this, and maybe there's a better way, but if anyone could oblige I'd be grateful...

And thanks to Beth for such a superb site, by the way, I feel like I'm in safe hands here!

Richard
richard barwell
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Posted: September 28, 2011
Last Comment: September 30, 2011
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Beth Blackerby
Posted: September 30, 2011
That was Yehudi Menuhin's. He demonstrated with it in the video masterclass that was posted. I had mentioned that I would love to have one of those, and I would. How awesome would that be?!

Eileen
Posted: September 30, 2011
Beth, what about using that clear see through violin you have....or....did I see that somewhere else ???  .....maybe that was at a different site.....

If it was here....it would be great to get a vid under the fingerboard as you vibrate...so we could see exactly what those fingers are doing.  I'm always unsure if my movement is correct or not and it would be helpful to be able to see just what you are doing and what angles your hand/fingers are at from your viewpoint up the fingerboard as you play.

richard barwell
Posted: September 30, 2011
Thanks Beth, I appreciate that!

I think a slow motion close up shot would be as good, especially if your husband can film your vibrato from a few different angles, and maybe somehow film it from the players view. Not easy I'm sure... and I could always look at and compare my own playing from other angles on the webcam anyway.

I'll keep practicing, and post some of my own attempts when I'm feeling a little less shy!

Richard

Beth Blackerby
Posted: September 28, 2011
Hi Richard,

That is an unusual request but perhaps doable. We recently bought a new camera that has a slow motion button, so we could take close slow motion shots as well. My husband is often behind the camera, so we'll experiment and see what we can get in the way of getting a better view of the finger tips of the vibrating fingers.

I'm glad to hear your left hand is relaxed and that you're not gripping!