August 7, 2015 at 7:54 am #4353
Hi everyone! I have a question for those who’ve got their vibrato down….
How long did it take you to develop your vibrato?
I’ve watched a bunch of tutorials and they all say it could take months and months. I’ve been working on mine and somedays I think I’ve got it , some days I don’t. But that’s alright. I’m patient and practice regularly. Just curious how it was for others….:)August 7, 2015 at 7:39 pm #4368
Thanks for the great question Belinda! Personally I would say it should take students between 2-3 months of solid practice to get it down. I always compare this to someone that wants to become a body-builder. No matter how hard you try, you couldn’t become a body-builder with a few good sessions in the gym–it would take many months and even years! Fortunately development of vibrato doesn’t take as long, but the concept is the same. You have to develop muscle memory which takes 2-3 months of good solid repetition.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out my vibrato article, I would highly recommend it. Notice a link at the bottom which will forward you to forum thread that has some really good video links on it related to the process.August 7, 2015 at 9:53 pm #4373
Ahhhh! Just read the article. Interesting. I think I’ve been pressing down too hard. The process is very much like your analogy of needing to go to the gym. I get its all about training. It’s going to be pretty cool when my brain and muscles finally work together and click. My violin sounds great without a skilled player…the Damiano-from Superior Violins (thank you very much), but to gain the vibrato technique…O.M.GGG….its gonna be AMAZING! LolAugust 19, 2015 at 2:25 pm #4588
Glad you are enjoying the Damiano Belinda! Hope you decide to write a review for us. Many others have and it would be great to have one from you! 🙂August 23, 2015 at 6:38 am #4681
I play cello and I know it’s different, but it took me about a month to feel like my vibrato was natural. It took another month or two past that to differentiate between different styles/speeds/widths of vibrato and be able to apply them to pieces appropriately.August 23, 2015 at 10:23 am #4683
@mackenzie- thanks for your input! Yes, cello may be a little different but I’m sure it was a technique that required training too. I consider your experience with learning vibrato just as valuable! I think I’m starting to feel more comfortable with my motion. I’m about 3weeks into getting the feel of my vibrato. I’ve got a long way to go but I can feel and hear some improvement! 🙂
Thanks again for sharing!!!!August 23, 2015 at 2:53 pm #4685
I couldn’t really tell you how long it took to learn vibrato, I do know that this morning during practice I noticed that my third and fourth finger vibrato is beginning to come along nicely. I still have a bit of trouble with first finger.August 24, 2015 at 2:19 pm #4744
I would say these are average numbers on time it takes to get a good vibrato going.
Slow/Proper practice everyday with drills – 5 Weeks
Random vibrato in songs – 6 Months
You can see that you can learn it a lot faster if you apply slow and proper practice to learn it. Many people don’t do this, and it results in then never really getting it. You can actually form a lot of bad habits with vibrato, so it’s important to learn it the right way. I highly recommend following this vibrato resource to learn how to do it properly.December 12, 2015 at 5:27 am #7029
I started playing in the 5th grade and I learned it by the 6th grade.January 19, 2016 at 3:19 pm #9459
It took me a good solid 3 months to Vibrato.