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How to approach vibrato on the violin

Learn the easy way to vibrato

Released on July 3, 2013

  
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Patricia * VSM MEMBER * on March 23, 2014 @2:00 pm PST
March 23, 2014

Lora, in reference to the Mastering Vibrato Video Course, Is the $40.00 the only payment for the entire course for members of Virtual Sheet Music?

Thank you.

Patricia
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Lora - host, on March 24, 2014 @2:55 pm PST
Yes, Patricia, it is a one time fee.
Maryam on March 16, 2014 @12:18 pm PST
your awesome and a gifted teacher
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Lora - host, on March 17, 2014 @2:44 pm PST
Thanks, Maryam! I appreciate that! Thanks for watching!
Eugenie van Zyl * VSM MEMBER * on March 8, 2014 @2:30 am PST
Lora, I just love Virtual Sheet Music and then of course, my Reddessertviolin.com lessons. Thank you for once again another Vibrato lessons - I am going to try the cellotape technique! My vibrato is just not coming on yet - I will not quit though!
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Lora - host, on March 10, 2014 @8:20 am PST
Hi Eugenie!
Keep in mind that it is normal to wait 3 years before even THINKING about vibrato, so be patient. You have to allow your body to adapt to the violin, learn perfect relaxation, good posture, intonation, tone, and finger dexterity before it is wise to even ATTEMPT vibrato.

Maybe you should step back from vibrato and check your posture, relaxation, dexterity, all those things for few months...?
arun johnson on February 22, 2014 @11:12 pm PST
how to play violin by ear only
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Lora - host, on March 2, 2014 @7:41 pm PST
Hi Arun
I'm sorry for my delayed response....I have been traveling!
I love your question....in fact, I will make a video to answer your question. But here's a nutshell:
To play by ear, you need these skills:
1) Be able to sing the tune you are trying to learn (within reason)
2) learn to MATCH PITCHES you sing on the violin
3) be able to guess whether a string of notes are moving STEPWISE, or if they are moving in SKIPS....then be able to copy it.

Great question. If I were you, I would pick a nice, easy tune, sing it, and try to pluck it out on the violin.

Picking a good starting note is important. If you start plucking out the tune and your fingers have to go into crazy places, or it doesn't feel comfortable, try starting on a different note. (unless you are learning from a recording, and then it is VERY important that you identify their starting note....so that you will learn it in the same key)

Like I said, that's a good question, and I'll do a video about that topic as soon as I can!
Eileen Sephton * VSM MEMBER * on October 13, 2013 @4:05 am PST
Thank you - that was a lot of help
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Lora - host, on October 13, 2013 @4:37 pm PST
You are very welcome, Eileen! Keep up your pursuit of music!
Sharon * VSM MEMBER * on July 11, 2013 @9:41 am PST
Hi Lora. Thank you for your reply. I should have mentioned I am taking violin lessons. This is my second year. I am 47 and am nearly finished Suzuki Book 2. I really enjoy your videos of you playing the Suzuki pieces. I don't use enough bow when playing and have difficulty with dynamics - getting espression or feeling into my playing. Does that come with time or practice? Also how long should vibrato be practiced each day? Thanks. Sharon
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Lora - host, on July 13, 2013 @12:44 pm PST
Hi Sharon
You are very astute to recognize that you don't use enough bow, and to have the desire to have more expressive sound! It's the people who seek these things that end up finding them! So keep it up!

Yes, you will get better and better at expressive playing with time and practice. It is not something that a teacher tells you in one lesson and suddenly you can play expressively. It is an accumulation of tons of little nuances and details that result in expressive playing.

Vibrato: If you are actively focused and learning vibrato, then you will benefit from 15-20 minutes per day on it. (if you can handle that) If, after 5 minutes of vibrato practice, your muscles are spastic and nothing is working right, then 5 minutes is your limit and you have to work up to it. But 15-20 minutes is ideal in my opinion.

Good luck to you!
L
Lora - host, on July 13, 2013 @12:46 pm PST
Sharon
I forgot to add the most important thing: LISTEN TO THE MASTERS!!! By listening, you internalize GOOD sounds and great playing....and you will emulate that sound. NOt only that, but you learn to model after their expressions....until you come up with your own.
Pam Huskinson on July 3, 2013 @6:25 pm PST
Someone must have been reading my mind! Been having problems with vibrato, think this will really help. Thank you!
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Lora - host, on July 4, 2013 @8:57 am PST
LOL! No mind-reading here! EVERYONE needs help either learning vibrato, improving their vibrato!
Sharon * VSM MEMBER * on July 3, 2013 @1:42 pm PST
Thank you for this video. I have just started vibrato and am finding it so difficult. Will keep trying! Sharon
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Lora - host, on July 3, 2013 @10:22 pm PST
Hi Sharon
Take it slow, and realize that it takes time. But also, vibrato is one of the HARDEST techniques to learn on your own. Consider consulting a teacher for this technique, or consider taking my course on vibrato.
BEST OF LUCK to you!
Marta Gonzalez-Hipps on July 3, 2013 @7:51 am PST
Thank you so much for this video. It really helped me understand some major points for playing vibrato correctly.
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Lora - host, on July 3, 2013 @2:06 pm PST
Glad it helped!
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