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I've kind of taught myself to create a vibrato effect by rocking my hand side to side, but viewing the tutorial videos it seems I should be rocking in a direction perpendicular to what I've taught myself. Posting a video to forum for guidance so I can unlearn, if need be.  Thanks for your help!

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Posted: March 4, 2015
Last Comment: March 5, 2015
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Posted: March 5, 2015
Thank you so much! This site has been the best find since undertaking this endeavor!

Beth Blackerby
Posted: March 5, 2015
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Beth Blackerby
Posted: March 4, 2015
Hi Troy, I'll try and give you a webcam response tomorrow. Good question. And the good news is your vibrato is going to be great! You've got excellent flexibility in your knuckles.


Posted: March 4, 2015

HI, THERE ARE 2 LINKS YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN VIEWING...FIRST IS AN INTERESTING - BUT NOT ACCEPTED WAY OF PERFORMING VIBRATO..ANGELSBYOLIN    did you see this once ?  !

ALSO ONE OF YEHUDI MENUHINS' CLASSES THAT SHOWS THE MASTERFUL USE OF THE LEFT HAND -FINGERS..IN BOTH SHIFTING AND SET UP FOR VIBRATO...THE VIDEO IS WORTH WATCHING IF YOU'RE SERIOUS IN DEVELOPING TECHNIQUE----and perhaps an admiration for long-thin-really flexible phalanges joints lol ...



Posted: March 4, 2015
Hi Kevin, Thanks for the feedback and the helpful links. I'm much more confident now in just allowing it to develop as it evolves. Both your suggested links were quite helpful.
Troy

KarenJ
Posted: March 4, 2015
What I see in your video is that the first method you were travelling along the strings.  The second way you showed goes across the strings which isn't the method Beth uses.  look at the training videos where you slide your fingers along the strings to feel the direction you should be going.  I think your first method is the correct one.


Posted: March 4, 2015

Hi Troy, you are exactly correct in your statements that what you call "rocking" produces the same shortening of the string.

The technical answer (based on wrist and finger joints, finger flesh, bones, angles, levers, etc) is that there are 3 ways ("forms", "motions", "techniques", or whatever you want to call them) to generate vibrato.

You are correct that (by far) most instructional videos emphasize the non-rocking knuckle-straightening motion that you showed in your video. I call that motion "flexing" because it flexes the wrist and finger joints around their normal axes of motion, in their normal planes of motion.

But some videos emphasize the rocking approach, like this series by Doree Huneven. She sure can rock her wrist -- I'm envious!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp_2Enm-aAI

Here's another good example of rocking - especially at the end of this video. Wonderful to watch those fingers move!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BENXYt2c10

So I think you're on the right track, and either method can be used to get the sound you want. There are many vibrato videos on the net, but nothing as detailed as the series Beth produced here on Violin Lab.