QUOTE(Geranium @ Feb 2 2012, 09:58 AM)
QUOTE(ffliwt @ Feb 1 2012, 07:26 PM)
I have this problem also
I daily do exercises - slow wide vibrato keeping your wrist and arm COMPLETELY free (free-er than you would if you were actually playing, completely floppy tensionless) and i also do slow vibrato in different rhythms (always keeping your hand and wrist loose) so you learn to gain control over it.
My teacher has said my vibrato is improving a lot, and finally now (i've been doing these exercises for months and months) i'm hearing a difference!
Hi ffliwt: do you have any more detail on your vibrato exercises? Are they written down anywhere? How long do you do them every day? Do you use a metronome to keep in time?
(I am at a similar level to inigo and have similar issues with my vibrato!)
Sometimes i use a metronome sometimes just keep a strong pulse in my head - sometimes its good to even not think about it. My vibrato problems were mostly caused by tension and my hand not being free so therefore i didnt have control over it and my hand would seize up, it'd be fast and tight and uncontrolled and yucky!! Still often is but it's improving
I usually use the a string as i find it most comfortable, i just play 1st finger with vibrato in crotchets for one bow, then quavers for the next bow, then triplets, then semiquavers
so each one gets faster. then do your other fingers. sometimes i just find something that feels comfortable eg. 3rd finger on the a string and just do random vibrato with my hand as loose and free as possible. then i move up to 3rd position and do all 4 fingers up there
it only takes a couple of minutes if that