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    Michael Sanchez
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    Vibrato is always a popular topic. What are some things that you feel you are struggling with regarding vibrato?

    #2807 Reply

    Tracye
    Keymaster

    When should a beginner consider adding the vibrato technique…or how do you know when you might be ready? You know where I am at skill wise, am I anywhere close to being able to add that into my learning?

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    Loren Alldrin
    Keymaster

    If adding vibrato causes you to compromise your fundamentals (i.e. left-hand position), it may be too soon. I’ve only been playing about 18 months, and I recently noticed that adding vibrato was causing me to collapse my left hand and lose the nice “arch” of my fingers. I’m finding it easier to do nice vibrato with my fingers lower, but I don’t want to fall back on that as a crutch.

    I’m going to take a break from vibrato for a while until I can do it properly, with my hand and fingers at the right height above the fingerboard. I’ll add it back in as soon as I can without building bad habits.

    Hopefully Michael will chime in to let us know if that’s the right approach!

    #2900 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Great questions guys! I find that learning vibrato is not so much about your experience level–it’s more about your fundamental habits. If you are struggling to keep your hand back when placing notes down (reaching for notes with tension), this is a bad habit that I always want to correct before introducing a student to vibrato. I’ve seen students have this fundamental down after 1 month, and also seen students not doing it properly after 5+ years. The key is that your hand should be very still when finding notes with your fingers, and then you are in position to achieve a good vibrato.

    By doing unnecessary movements/reaching with the left hand, you are trying to build a foundation of vibrato on mud. My suggestion is to have a professional teacher (including myself) evaluate your left-hand technique. If you are ultra-efficient with your left-hand technique, you are ready to start vibrato no matter what experience level you are at.

    Post your videos here if you like!

    #2964 Reply

    jodi
    Participant

    not focusing on it. i feel like it is multitasking if i have to do vibrato and focus on other things like intonation and shifting. therefore, i do my best vibrato when i know what i’m playing very well. -or when it is very easy. it’s like i forget to use vibrato when i’m doing everything else. my teacher keeps stopping occasionally to remind me. then i use it then he’s like “whoa! that’s great vibrato! why don’t u do that all the time?”

    #2972 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    It really comes down to tension. You are going to achieve your best vibrato when you are most relaxed in your left hand. If you are thinking about how difficult a piece is and how you have to do a difficult shift, this is what can restrict your vibrato. Try to do minimal movements with your left hand when placing notes (shifting including), so that you can achieve the vibrato you want at any time. This is my advice to you Jodi!

    #2973 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Here is a great blog article that I wrote–Three steps to create a beautiful vibrato. Highly recommend that you guys check it out!

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    jodi
    Participant

    thanx michael! i will try that!

    #3021 Reply

    April Ellis
    Participant

    Is there a webinar that teaches vibrato, and if so, where might I find it?? I would love to get in on that, and start learning the technique!! ( I saw the answer to this in another post, and now I can’t find that post. :/ )

    #3061 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Hey April…vibrato is a popular topic in all class levels. I would suggest signing up for one of the webinars that fits your experience level, and then adjusting if you feel it is too advanced or too easy. I have them lined up consecutively so you can get a feel for what class might fit you best (I’ll give you the link to attend the next webinar). In last weeks set of classes, we talked about vibrato in at least half of the classes, and had some great discussion. It is all about the students bringing up questions related to it!

    If you are interested in signing up, visit my webinar sign up page.

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