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Vibrato and a lesson

Posted by Andah1andah2 on Sunday, September 25, 2011

Well, I had my first lesson in 7-8 months.  A new teacher with a style (playing and teaching) that I like.  I liked my previous teacher, but this new teacher brings a different perspective and is a lot closer to me.  I am not doing any regular lessons, maybe one every month or 3 weeks.  I felt that going it alone was ok but I was missing some direction.  I got a technique/form check-up, learned a new tune, and now feel like I have more.....well, direction seems to fit best.

I had my first practice at learning vibrato.  Oh yeah, that's a long journey.  

And the tune I'm learning from that lesson is "Bottom of the punch bowl".   Not bad for a Northern tune.  Next lesson I might ask to tackle Sally Goodin'.

4 comments on “Vibrato and a lesson”

bj Says:
Sunday, September 25, 2011 @3:30:08 PM

Vibrato? Huh . . . never did learn that. Probably never will.

Cyndy Says:
Monday, September 26, 2011 @4:19:43 AM

I don't know. It comes in handy for a good waltz now and again. : )

My classical teacher has me loosely flapping my wrist whenever I get the chance (think downtime at bus stops and in church--it can be done somewhat inconspicuously) and it's helping. Of course, I really don't know what I'm doing, so I'm happy with whatever!

What are you doing to work on it?

I'm on the every-now-and-again fiddle lesson schedule and it seems to work great. The tunes are hard enough that it's actually good to work on them long-term. And I'm trying to cull the best fiddle-related classical technique ideas from regular classical lessons, but I see that as short-term, just through the end of the year.

mudbug Says:
Monday, September 26, 2011 @12:43:37 PM

Good for you, Stew. I've got a worthless old, beater with a cracked top and separations that I was gonna throw away, but instead stuck it in the truck. It's got no strings, but it's useful for vibrato exercising of my wrist, when you're waiting around. It's funny when people think you're playing, though.

Andah1andah2 Says:
Monday, September 26, 2011 @3:30:38 PM

You know, I've seen a couple of approaches mentioned. I know a couple of teachers recommend the approach of first moving the wrist along the fingerboard, then allowing the finger to slide up and down the fingerboard with the wrist, then eventually working to do the same movement with the finger planted on the fingerboard. Sort of a gradual process. My teacher simply recommends having at it , and actually trying to mimic vibrato, for short periods of time everyday. For a second or two yesterday I actually made a vibrato like sound, it was cool! It's more of a shaky shaky movment now but I hope to get more comfortable with it and slow it into a more steady, thoughtful movement.

Yes, I'd like to learn it for waltzes and other long notes. I think some classical folks get crazy with it, IMHO. It can get annoying if overused.

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