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Hello, I am a new Violin Laber in a long distance.
I am learning suzuki book4. It is really hard job :) 
So I watched beth's video lessons many times about staccato, intonation so on.. but it is still not easy.
I need yr examination so that I can make any progress, such as violin holding, bowing, left hand, right hand..

And I finally started vibrato on playing. 
I really wonder if my vibrato goes right.
My previous teacher taught me arm vibrato first but I want to use combined(arm+wrist) vibrato since I overwhelmed by the teacher beth's playing. :)

I attached horrible video of mine. Kindly give me advices.  Many Thanks! :) 
1) Suzuki book4 - Concerto in a minor 3rd mvt. practice 
2) Vibrato practice

10 Responses
Posted: February 25, 2017
Last Comment: February 28, 2017

David Rowland
Posted: February 28, 2017
Sounds great. Technique looks really good. I am trying to learn vibrato myself. What is the piece you are playing it has some nice long notes just right for beginner vibrato. Another good one with lots of long slow notes but with a beautiful tune is Abide with me which is something I have been attempting.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: February 27, 2017
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Posted: February 26, 2017
Hi So-woon =) 
Beautiful playing! Loved your lighting fast fingers and all of your bow articulations. Super inspired to look at my Suzuki books after watching you play. 

I especially loved watching you work on your vibrato and it's coming along very nicely. It won't be long now before you can sustain the vibrato and vary the speed and amplitude. Looking forward to seeing more videos from you. Thanks for sharing!

Posted: February 26, 2017
I love the sound of your violin
I enjoy your clean articulation 
Way to tackel those akward string crossings

Posted: February 26, 2017
Hi So-woon, it's always nice to see new member.

Welcome to VL!

I think your left hand frame is superb. It's nicely pronated towards the fingerboard and your fingers are close to the strings except for one occasion when your fourth finger was recoiled backwards (this is a bug bear of mine since I started!). This didn't happen often in your playing however.
Your right hand is very loose and languid while maintaining a good form on the bow -your bow hold is giving your bow a nice cushioning effect for your bow strokes. My only critique as an observer would be that your left hand looks tense at times. I noticed that your thumb base muscle seems tense at times when the music gets more complicated. I have this too and my teacher stops be immediately and instructs me to 'unblock it' - she pokes my thumb base muscle with her finger until I relax it and I becomes soft and relaxed again, then I am allowed to continue.

Your vibrato is very good technically in my eyes. Perhaps you are using too much pressure on the string at times and the finger is placed too upright on the strings, have you tried using the fleshier part of the finger pad more, to see if it can loosen your vibrato motion? It may help 'unlock' the joint for a faster vibrato.

This is one thing which effects us all to some extent: trying to increase the range of motion of the knuckle while trying to vibrate fast. It is difficult! I am not at your level of playing proficiency so I cannot judge with any authority so I look forward to Beth's video because it's always interesting and educational to see what Beth notices and addresses in her vids. Beth's video responses are very help for everyone so thanks posting your vids.

Posted: February 26, 2017
Thank you very much Beth.
Seeing my video once again, I also can see the arm action. I didn't know.. :)
I look forward to see your video. Meanwhile, I will practice for a better wrist vibrato.

Thank you again~ :)

Beth Blackerby
Posted: February 25, 2017

Hello So-woon. I'm so impressed with your playing! Your left and right hands look wonderful. Interestingly, you are switching back and forth from wrist to arm vibrato. I think either for you would work, but I almost always prefer to see students use wrist. When you are using a wrist vibrato, the sound of the vibrato is more regular and beautiful. When you arm starts to kick in, especially at the very end of notes, I hear a tense, overly fast sound coming through. I'll try and shoot you a video response soon. Bravo and congrats on your first video post!

Posted: February 25, 2017
Good morning and thank you Diane and Diane. You two have a same name :)
I am so happy that you welcomes me with your gentle comments. I am already excited.
Thank you Diane(fitst) you encouriged me. And thank u Diane(second) for yr advice.
Now i checked my bow hair tention, i had loosen it abit more. 

Have a good day ! :)

Posted: February 25, 2017
Hi.  I cannot make any commets on your questions as I do not to Suzuki and I'm also learning wrist vibrato.  One observation that I did make is that I think you bow hair is over-tightened.  If your  playing on a good pernambuco wood bow…this over tightening can take the camber (curve) out of your bow over time and can do other damage to the head and the screw in the frog.  I would loosen it to the point where you can pass a number two pencil at the middle between the stick and the hair..maybe a bit more tight it your doing F or FF dynamics.  Always de tension your bow when putting it away in the case.  
Have a great day.  Diane in SoCal

Posted: February 25, 2017
Welcome, So-woon! It is good to see someone post from Suzuki Book IV. I think Beth can help you when she comes on here, this piece is well beyond my level, but I wanted to write that I think you are doing a super job and look forward to Beth's comments to help you.