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It's excellent that you're asking yourself this question! It's always disappointing (IMO) when a violinist just adds as much vibrato as they can to a piece without thinking whether it's really improving the performance. Vibrato adds another dimension of expression to the performance - you can use addition of vibrato to emphasise certain notes, and also vary ...


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Wrist vibrato without a shoulder rest can be accomplished by twisting the left elbow to the right, thereby flattening the thumb somewhat simply resting the violin neck on the horizontal thumb This not only releases the index finger from holding the violin in place (thus allowing for freely moving vibrato), but also allows for what I find to be a left ...


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Contrary to what the previous answers said, it is actually possible to play vibrato on open strings: just set your finger right on the nut† and vibrate with pretty much the normal technique, so that the upper half of the swing puts some slight pressure on the string. The resulting vibrato isn't optimal intonation-wise because the deviation is only upwards, ...


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In the era of extended techniques, nothing is truly impossible anymore. At the expense of a nice sound and precise pitch, you can change the pitch of the note you are playing by pressing a finger or a suitable object on the strings. Obviously, if you wiggle it around you get a sort of vibrato. There are quite some modern pieces that require altering the ...


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As a professional voice instructor, I can assure you there's not much you need to worry about. Many times a natural vibrato (as long as it's variation in pitch, not air control - i.e. inconsistent breath support, and not laryngeal or "gospel jaw") is actually sign of proper singing technique. This includes things like proper diaphragmatic support, posture, ...


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Whether or not to use vibrato and if so how much are questions of musical taste and interpretation. First, because vibrato adds emphasis to a note the amount that is used can be varied to shape a musical phrase. Augustin Hadelich explains and demonstrates this really well in this YouTube video. There are often clues in the dynamic markings. In the romantic ...


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Vibrato is exceptionally difficult to learn correctly just from reading about it and watching videos. You can get started that way, but ultimately having a teacher or coach help with the physical aspect is usually necessary. One of the challenges with learning vibrato is developing the use of muscles and motions that aren't ordinarily used in the hand, and ...


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The problem with starting to do wrist vibrato is that of co-ordinating right and left hand. To succeed they have to move independently in different directions. It is a bit like the problem of rubbing your stomach while patting your head (which I now see is much easier than it was before I learned to do vibrato!). The problem when you start is the usual one ...


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If wrist vibrato isn't working, then how about trying finger vibrato? In the long run, this might work better. It would probably be more subtle than wrist vibrato, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.


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As @JSheldon says, vibrato is varying pitch, tremolo is varying loudness. Why singers vary pitch more agilely than loudness is an accident of human musculature -- songbirds are quite different, for instance. The muscles that adjust the tension of the vocal cords (to adjust pitch) are tiny, and can change tension rapidly. The diaphragm and other apparatus ...


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In terms of the physics of sound, vibrato is usually defined as a variation of pitch, while tremolo is a variation of volume. Basically, a singer's vibrato happens naturally when they are singing healthily with good technique. A well-trained/well-skilled singer can modify the pitch and speed of their vibrato, or sing with straight tone (without vibrato) ...


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Whilst you cannot do vibrato on a conventional grand or upright acoustic piano, recent developments do make vibrato possible on the Fluid Piano. Too many details to list here.


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