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    margaretellen
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    I find I am gripping the violin tightly and this makes it hard to do vibrato…any suggestions on loosening up and holding the violin without a death grip! I’m not sure why I do this!

    #1951 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
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    You aren’t the only one! The biggest thing is that you have to understand that you can do this without the instrument. Once you get that through your head it makes it easier to do on the violin. Pretend like you are holding a violin and now go ahead and place your fingers down on your fake fingerboard. That took a lot less effort than before right? This is the same effort level you should have when you actually have the instrument in your hand. Most likely you are pressing too hard, and if you have any sort of bad angle technique with your fingers (you are reaching for notes instead of just placing fingers), you will most likely keep restricting your vibrato. It is great that you know that this is causing your vibrato to suffer, now it is just a matter of working on it!

    Another thing you could do is working just doing pizzicato, and try to see how light you can place your fingers down on the fingerboard while still getting a clean pluck noise. Plucking/pizzicato is when you use your finger to pick the string instead of the bow. Try using the very tip of the finger (right before the nail) instead of the meat of the finger That also helps in establishing minimal pressure which will lead to better vibrato and shifting technique.

    #3043 Reply

    jodi
    Participant

    have u ever heard of the “bulletproof musician?”my friend just started sending me their emails. i ask because remember i told u i was a bag of nerves (which is why i’m posting this under tensing up) before my lesson ? the last email addressed this from a psychologist on the juliard faculty. i thought that was interesting . he has a course but it cost a few hundred dollars. maybe it would help me. maybe it would also help me to want to do recitals.

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    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    I just found their website recently and was pretty impressed. I think it could definitely work positively for anyone that is interested in improving their habits associated with playing their instrument. He is highly credible and seems to have a good thing going!

    #3167 Reply

    jodi
    Participant

    thank you for your reply michael!

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