A system for taking violin, viola, and fiddle students from no vibrato, or a problematic one, to beautiful expression. Through 11 hands-on lessons learn a systematic vibrato method that will take any violin, viola, or fiddle student with no vibrato experience to an expressive, consistent vibrato in 3-6 months. More experienced players will gain skills for improving their vibrato technique while learning to create more seamlessness and variety, in preparation for various applications across the Classical music time periods, as well as other music genres. You’ll learn how to troubleshoot and fix issues common with students trying to learn vibrato, such as a vibrato that makes you sound out of tune, issues with the 1st or 4th fingers, a vibrato that is too fast or too slow, as well as issues with form, cohesiveness, initiation, and continuous vibrato.
We’ll explore ideas for musical interpretation, cover historical and modern applications of vibrato, the prerequisites needed for successfully learning vibrato, vibrato warm-ups, and even a flashy modern vibrato cousin great for adding to your Rock or Blues improvisations.
Along the way, enjoy samples of various vibrato styles performed by Laurel Thomsen through Classical favorites, fiddle tunes, and some of Laurel’s original compositions. Additionally, links to a variety of articles help us dive deeper into the history and applications of vibrato.
To keep you on track, lessons end with a recap of what you should practice, consider, and remember. Similarly, several PDF practice outlines and a detailed six month weekly practice program PDF ensure you are organizing the various exercises effectively, all the while seeing and hearing your progressive achievements.