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Please Help :  Vibrato ..... when my finger touches the neighboring higher string a bleeping occurs from sympathetic tones from that string.   It is worse with the forth finger on D &A.  Should one not touch that string or make sure it stays down?    Cannot find anything on the internet that deals with this

problem.......or is it peculiar to me only.   Both my arm and wrist vibratos and combination thereof are taking shape up to c.320/min and ready for use on suitable sustained notes.  Very frustrating !       Barry

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Posted: January 23, 2012
Last Comment: January 25, 2012

Beth Blackerby
Posted: January 25, 2012
Barry, That's so weird. I typed a response yesterday, but perhaps forgot to click reply. Hmmmmmm.  As to your issue, I think I know what you're talking about. I have a colleague whose violin makes that bleeping sound you mention when she engages a wide vibrato. I thought it had to do with the acoustical properties of the instrument. I never thought it was due to the intermittent contact/release of the finger with an adjacent string. Very interesting, and see... you learn new things every day!. My feeling though is that it is not a bad or annoying sound, and I don't think it carries beyond a couple of feet. So it's only noticeable under the ear, or from a few feet away. Besides, you shouldn't be worried about the finger hitting an adjacent string. That is absolutely acceptable, unless you're playing double stops. To avoid that, you would have to play on the super tips of the fingers, which will make your tone thinner. So if it's not driving you crazy, I wouldn't worry. I think it will disappear when you vibrato as you mentioned "takes shape".   

Posted: January 24, 2012
I'm afraid I have no idea - but just giving you a bump up again!  Any ideas anyone?