DVD “Vibrato from the Ground Up” for a new teacher?

said: Nov 10, 2009
 1 posts

I am preparing to teach vibrato for the first time, and I really don’t want to teach it wrong. :) This has not yet been covered in my teacher training courses, so I was looking at some sort of learning material that I could purchase that would basically cover what I would learn in a teacher training course on vibrato. I noticed Suzuki sells the DVD “Vibrato from the Ground Up” which looks like exactly what I need. Has anyone here used this or any other similar material? What did you think of it—is it worth it for me to purchase it?
Thanks in advance for your help!

Diane said: Nov 11, 2009
Diane AllenViolin
245 posts

I think vibrato can be taught a gazillion different ways. I also teach vibrato differently to different students. I’m not familiar with the DVD you mention.

“I really don’t want to teach it wrong” is what prompted me to respond! You should just relax and go with the flow. Vibrato needs to be relaxed anyways so trust your own journey in learning how to teach it.

I can’t go into 100% how I teach vibrato but here are a couple of ideas that I universally use with all students:

Left hand set up has been established since Twinkle and the inside of the pointer finger is NOT touching the violin neck—at all!

Students use a shaker/tic tacs/vitamin bottle 4 times a day for 30 seconds. I’ve found that the shaker’s results really shine a year later!

I ask students to shake their head “yes” and “no”. This is an example of vibrato. Our bodies have the ability to go in opposite directions quickly but loosely. This is the feeling students look for in their wrist.

Just a couple of ideas to get you started. Good Luck!

Videos of student violin recitals and violin tutorials.

Elizabeth Jones said: Jan 12, 2010
Elizabeth Jones
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
Owensboro, KY
21 posts

I really like Joe Kaminsky’s vibrato DVD. It is a great resource. His steps are very clear. I taught vibrato in a very similar manner, with just a few differences. I’ve modified my style to match his more closely, so I can send the DVD home with students.

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