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Posted: December 31, 1969


Beth Blackerby
Posted: October 20, 2011
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The issue described in this post is quite universal to beginning violinists.  If after watching the video, there is still something that needs answered or could be better clarified, PLEASE let me know. I want to be the world's best vibrato diagnostician  ;^)

Donna Marie
Posted: October 19, 2011
I am suffering from a similar issue.  When I do vibrato on the first position, my hand slides forward towards the direction of the bridge, especially whenever I increase my speed...

Will wait for your video. :D

Beth Blackerby
Posted: October 19, 2011
Hi Dennis,
This issue seems universal for many learning vibrato.  I was shooting video today after a losing last week to audio problems, and made a video addressing this issue. Hopefully I will edit and compress tonight and post it tomorrow.

Posted: October 19, 2011
I've noticed this too. It is getting better and I usually observe this with 1st finger vibrato. 

One contributing factor is that my hands are usually very dry, so there's not that much friction.
But I guess the real reason is that either 1st finger joint is too tense OR vibrato is too hard, I mean that the vibrato motion maxes out the flex of 1st joint, thus pushes finger upwards the fingerboard.