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    Tulsagirl
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    Wrist vibrato versus arm vibrato–which is better?

    #15529

    Laurie Trlak
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    It depends. If you are in first through third position I would say wrist is better, but if you are in high position, arm vibrato works better.

    #16120

    Laurie Trlak
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    Id like to amend that previous response. Wrist vibrato is a misnomer, because you shouldn’t be moving your wrist. The movement should come from the knuckles and fingers. So perhaps hand vibrato is more accurate?

    #17725

    Chantelle
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    @laurie, I started with wrist vibrato for many years, and then first year of university I worked on arm. So now I pick and choose which to use depending on what I’m playing. The movement does come from the wrist, the idea of bending the wrist being bad comes from the collapsed position. I’ve seen a few people try wrist vibrato the wrong way, where they move the forearm forward, fingers go back, the wrist collapses, and then move back to the regular position. This is very wrong, does not sound like vibrato, and puts the player at risk for injury. Instead, the correct way is where the wrist bends forward, then back to the regular position. It’s kind of like waving to yourself.

    #17736

    dilawless54
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    I am still working on getting vibrato and will LOVE the day that I am able to pick and choose between wrist and arm vibrato since right now my choice is between No vibrato and No vibrato, someday………

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