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Hi Beth, How do you stop the violin from shaking while doing the vibrato?

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Posted: March 3, 2011
Last Comment: March 3, 2011

Beth Blackerby
Posted: March 3, 2011
Hi Audrey, The shaking usually comes from an arm vibrato where there is stiffness from the knuckle of the vibrating finger. The give of the knuckle helps absorb the push/pull of the arm vibrato. The wrist vibrato has more rocking and less push/pull. It's also possible there is too much squeezing with the thumb as well.

It's simple, yet so difficult, but if you can start to release tension in your left hand while keeping enough pressure in the finger to keep the string down, it should improve.

It would be extremely helpful to see what's going on. You can post video here, and as I've typed before,"a picture is worth a thousand words, and a video is worth millions.." ; )