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Victorine Meurice

Question about the direction of the vibrato:

Our teacher always explains that the vibrato should start on the pitch and then move up and back forward to the pitch. 
I'm very surprise that almost all video here on this site with interview of experts, explain the opposite. So the movement goes down from the pitch.
By curiosity, I looked in slow motion some recording of David Oistrakh and Yehudi Menuhin, and I notice that they do the vibrato as the way of our teacher : up.

So I'm wondering if those different styles are more linked to the school of violin ? Does all Americans teach vibrato down ? Is vibrato up the Russian way ?
Any idea on that question ?
Victorine Meurice
5 Responses
Posted: June 11, 2019
Last Comment: June 11, 2019

Beth Blackerby
Posted: June 11, 2019
Yes, thank you Urban!

Victorine Meurice
Posted: June 11, 2019
Thank you Urban Kristan !!

Posted: June 11, 2019
I think you can start the vibrato either way, but after going sharp the hand can snap back below the pitch. The vibrato then moves above and below the pitch. Have you seen the slow motion vibrato video? I continually go back to that one to watch when I have trouble on a particular finger.

Victorine Meurice
Posted: June 11, 2019
I watch many more video in slow motion of well-known  violinists, and as a matter of fact, there are no strict rules.
Some use more below, some up, some in the middle and even in the same piece they vibrate differently. So I think we can use those different style to make a note more brilliant or more sad, depending on the context.
Although I notice a tendency, Russian style use more vibrato up than the average (Heifetz, Oistrakh ...)
but ok i'm not an expert, even not a violinist myself :)
So I'm waiting for all your comment on it.


Urban Kristan
Posted: June 11, 2019