Improving vibrato all comes down to managing tension in both hands.
Check out my video below with student Sarah where we go over some tips for improving hand fluidity.
Violin Vibrato Video Summary
In the violin vibrato video above, I go over one of the most significant missed elements of mastering vibrato which is paying attention to the right-hand. You’ll definitely get a lot out of this violin vibrato lesson!
Many students overlook the importance of improving the right-hand when it comes to mastering violin vibrato.
Believe it or not, there are 30 fundamentals associated with improving on the violin which I've put together in a checklist here.
Out of those 30 fundamentals, over 6 of them in the right-hand are directly associated with how well you are able to to produce a good vibrato.
If your right-hand is tense while you are bowing, you’ll also likely be tense in your left-hand.
Here are some tips:
2. Make sure you avoid using the thumb and pinky to guide the bow.
3. Use small muscles in the right-hand.
4. Never underestimate the importance of both hands being relaxed.
Violin Vibrato Lesson Additional Tips
Here are some additional violin vibrato tips outside of the video above.
1. Make sure your thumb is curved in the bow-hand.
2. Avoid pressing up against the bow with the pinky.
3. Get your index finger over the stick more (you’ll feel like you have less control of the bow which is good).
The violin vibrato video should help you tremendously, but there is so much more to say about violin vibrato.
A good summary of everything that you will need to work on is included in my vibrato technique checklist that I highly recommend you download.
You can put it on my your music stand to remind you of fundamentals and it is a really nice comprehensive resource.
Let me know if you have any questions. Happy playing!