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What is vibrato?

Learning Concepts

  • Improves singing tone quality.
  • Improves projection.
  • Makes vibrato more audible and relaxed.


Vibrato Exercise

4 note = 40-84


1. Shake a small vitamin bottle (with the left hand) with the rhythms above Met=40-84.
2. Make sure the muscles being used are the biceps and triceps not the forearm.
3. Once this motion is comfortable in the biceps and triceps try to vibrato in guitar position looking at your vibrato and its motion.
4. Try with each finger in guitar position and make sure all joints are loose (arm, wrist, and finger joints) and that the motion is going straight up the violin.
5. The finger should roll from one side of the finger pad to the other side.
6. Work on changing fingers without stopping the vibrato.
7. After this is comfortable try it with the violin held up on the shoulder with all the rhythms.
8. The vibrato should always have a "ping" in the sound if the motion is correct and the first knuckle is very loose.
9. As this motion gets more natural work on loosing the wrist and fingers so as to not have tension anywhere.
10. Work on the following vibrato colors to use them in your pieces:
a. Slow Wide
b. Fast Wide
c. Slow Thin
d. Fast Thin

Side Note:
The vibrato motion should start in the big muscles (biceps and tricepts) not the muscles in the forearm where muscles are used for lifting and dropping the fingers. Once the motion is correctly started in the big muscles the wrist can be loosened and the appearance of the loose wrist vibrato returns with less tension and freer motion. All the joints, the elbow, the wrist, and the finger knuckles should be very loose.

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