Vibrato, Tartini, Red Red Rose, Beth, and Bell Curves.
Since joining ViolinLab, I've decided that my vibrato has to go back to school. Currently, I've got a sort of fiddler's vibrato that tends to be fast and narrow which suits some of the tunes I play. But that slower, wider vibrato that Beth plays on Red, Red Rose would be perfect for my Scottish slow airs. The problem, as many will appreciate, is that I don't have a teacher with me when I practice to tell me when it's "right".
A while ago I installed an application called Tartini http://miracle.otago.ac.nz/postgrads/tartini/
on my computer and noticed that it has a Vibrato Window. Curious about it, I found this excellent write-up about Tartini from a flute player's perspective:http://www.flutefocus.com/498-intonation-thoughts.html
Who knew that flute players have many of the same issues as string players - intonation, vibrato, etc.? I think that many of the author's points in the article transpose well to string playing.
So, to determine if this is something that might useful during practice, I played Beth's performance of Red, Red Rose while Tartini was running and recorded the results:
- The top left window has 2 gauges: vibrato width and speed - pretty self explanatory
- The top center window with the circle will contain a red blob when it detects vibrato - when your vibrato is very regular the red blob will change to a big red dot within the circle.
- The top right window graphs a curve - when the shape is a similar to a bell curve, I think it means that the vibrato is smooth.
- The bottom window is useful too, it graphs your vibrato pitch fluctuations over time, great for long slow notes.
Beth, by now you're probably thinking "Hmm, the geek runs strong in this one, time to suspend", but before you do I've gotta say it - You have nice bell curves!
Have a great week-end all,