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    dust_ninja3
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    How long did it take you to learn vibrato?

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    BusyTXMama
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    Vibrato is a skill that you can hone for many years. You can learn the technique in a few months, but it can take a while to perfect it. When I was first learning, it took me a month or so to figure out how to move my hand the right way. Then my teacher worked with me for another month or two, to learn how to relax my fingers, hand and wrist, so I was using more of my wrist and arm. The more I worked on it, the more my vibrato sounded more fluid, and not jerky or forced, and I was more comfortable doing it faster or slower, and following the feel of the music. When I eventually stopped playing after 8 years, I knew my technique still wasn’t the best, but it was pretty good. The key is practice, practice.

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    Christie Morehouse
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    I have been working on vibrato gor a looooong time: just now getting the hang of it. Yes, relaxing the hand & wrist is key

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    Chris Guleff
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    I tried to use vibrato very quickly, after only a few months of playing, however I got it wrong! One of my school music teachers had to straighten me out, and later, my private teacher worked with me to get a controlled vibrato. One confusing thing was that some of the school music teachers taught it differently, with varying techniques — one of them had taken lessons from my private teacher but had developed a different technique in the meantime.

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    Caroll
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    Has anyone used the book Viva Vibrato? Was it helpful and worth the money, or was it a waste of money?

    #16079 Reply

    My teacher who is a master violinist insists that I learn arm vibrato first. Obviously I’m having a very difficult time mostly because I’m too tense. I’m curious as to which type of vibrato some of you have learned first.

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    Chris Guleff
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    The vibrato I finally developed might be called a hand/wrist vibrato which rocks the fingers forward and backward. (It’s funny how trying to describe a physical action which has become automatic over the years can make one have to stop and think!)

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