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Exercises to Develop Vibrato - Cello

Polishing the String

Easiest on 2nd or 3rd finger, start by polishing a large area - moving the hand up and down the neck in a shifting type of motion. Gradually make the area being polished smaller and smaller until the finger focuses in on a spot, plant the thumb, and press the finger to the fingerboard while keeping the polishing motion. All joints in the hand must be flexible and loose for vibrato to occur.

In the beginning, practice with left hand alone. Student should not try to bow and polish! When the student polishes in the playing position, the teacher can operate the bow so the student can hear the result of their vibrato.

Note in the video that the source of the vibrato is ARM motion, not wrist or finger motion. The wrist and fingers need to be flexible, but the motion comes from the lower arm.

 

POSTURE INSTRUMENT SIZINGINSTRUMENT POSITION

BOW HOLDBOW STROKE INTERMEDIATE RIGHT HAND SKILLSADVANCED RIGHT HAND SKILLS

LEFT HAND POSITIONSHIFTINGVIBRATOADVANCED LEFT HAND SKILLS

 

 

 

 

 
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