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Beth Blackerby
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This is a response to a few recent posts about Vibrato integration. I'm loving this series. I think my vibrato has improved too.

I also tried a different flow with audio recording. I think it's better (except the microphone doesn't like the Cs on my violin).
Beth Blackerby
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Posted: December 11, 2012
Last Comment: December 18, 2012
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Beth Blackerby
Posted: December 18, 2012
Lily, we need a thumbs up "like" button.

Lily Mo
Posted: December 18, 2012
Just to add that these exercise are proving really effective.  My vibrato has speeded up and is much more even.  In combo with the left and right hand independence exercises, I am seeing major dividends after only a week.    Never knocking thoughtful focused warm ups and scales again.  

They are mitigating the impending sense of frustration that was building up over vibrato integration.  They were just the stepping stone I needed.  A bonus is that I am no longer mashing down hard on the fingerboard either.

Barb Wimmer
Posted: December 16, 2012
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Barb Wimmer
Posted: December 16, 2012

thank you - that is helpful. You make it look so easy, I sometimes feel like I almost get it - vibrato - just for a second and then its the consistency I guess I need to work on and easier pieces like you said. I think when I start to feel relaxed I might get a small moment of doing it correctly. Hope with practice to someday get to where it looks and sounds easy like yours, may take me years, but working on it, fun.

Andreas
Posted: December 16, 2012
Thanks Beth itīs good to know that this is the right path :) But there is still the issue of handpositions.. it feels like I have 2 different handpositions, one for vibrato and one for normal playing. I hope that will disappear with more practice on integrating the vibrato in simple tunes...

Beth Blackerby
Posted: December 15, 2012
Andreas,

Very nice vibrato!!  Don't worry about the extra little bounces at the frog. THe important thing is your vibrato is very steady and even. I like the speed too!

Armin, I made a video addressing your observation about the wrist/arm level. I don't think that was the issue for you. It seemed to me more of a bow hold issue.

Andreas
Posted: December 15, 2012
Thanks Simon :) I started loose vibrato practice about 2 month ago and changed to daily practice at around one month ago. Itīs still far away from automatic and needs full attention but Iīm starting to integrate vibrato in simple tunes like Beth suggested :) 

Armin
Posted: December 15, 2012
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Today I watched this video and noticed that when he is bowing at the frog his hand is very above the bow. When I tried it that way I thought my hand absorbs the shaking of the violin better. But maybe it is just imagination.. :) 

Simon Cowley
Posted: December 15, 2012
Hi Andreas,          your vibrato looks to be coming along very nicely. Im intrested to know roughly howlong its taken you to get to this point?   

Andreas
Posted: December 15, 2012
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lol forgot the video....

 


 


Andreas
Posted: December 15, 2012


So thatīs where I am with vibrato right now. I did your bowing patterns Beth and then tried the bowing pattern of minuet 1. At the frog I have the same problem as you Armin...the bow begins to bounce a bit.

Note to myself: light from the side is very disadvantageous ;)))


Beth Blackerby
Posted: December 14, 2012
Hi Armin,

Nice job. The problem you were having at the frog wasn't because of the violin shaking, but was due to tension in your bow hand. A relaxed bow hand will allow the bow to absorb little shakes or bobbles that come come along.

The structure of your vibrato movement is mostly great, but sometimes becomes uncontrolled. When you practice the exercises, I think you should stay in 4th ish position to anchor the arm so that you will gain a little more stability.

Armin
Posted: December 14, 2012
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Cut 4 pieces in this video together. Tried the 1/4, 1/8 and a part that shows that my violin is shaking to much for bowing at the frog with vibrato. And I recorded the first part of a rock ballad to practise the vibrato in a track. Who guess the song ?

Beth Blackerby
Posted: December 12, 2012
Sure, Armin. This would be a good place. THat way, others who stumble upon the posts later will see the exercises connected with the instructional video.

Armin
Posted: December 12, 2012
Thank you Beth!

Would you like to see videos from us posted here,  practising these exercises ?  

Deirdre
Posted: December 11, 2012
Thank you, Beth!

This video gives me some great goals to work towards. Wonderful video!

Eileen
Posted: December 11, 2012
Thank you Beth !   :-)

Ray
Posted: December 11, 2012
Hi Beth,

Great video, I'll be archiving this and a few others for later.  Considering the topic of this video probably sometime in the summer or fall of next year.  Of course it will not really matter if it does not turn out to be the fall.  It will be there when I need it.

Best,

Ray

Lily Mo
Posted: December 11, 2012
Thanks for these great suggestions Beth. I will integrate them into my practice over the Christmas holidays.