Quick Tips About Vibrato, Shuffles, Ornamentation, etc.
February 1, 2015 at 11:57 PM #17412
Here are helpful videos that may not have found a permanent home yet. Vibrato Lesson: https://vimeo.com/110317586 Favorite Ornaments: https://vimeo.co
[See the full post at: Quick Tips About Vibrato, Shuffles, Ornamentation, etc.]March 31, 2015 at 11:21 AM #19926RockParticipant
Thanks John, Great lessons to make songs sound better, cool.June 24, 2015 at 4:58 PM #24630fiddle campParticipant
Hi John, Thank you for all the time and effort you put into this site!
God bless you for being here!
In the miscellaneous lessons on shuffle, etc. I can’t seem to find the tablature that you mention in the videos. I know I am overlooking it. If you could point the way to the fiddle tablature for Nashvile shuffle and Georgia Shuffle I would be most grateful. I am not nearly advanced that much but I would like to start kind of doing a few exercises with the bow and gradually get a step up on it, if you know what I mean! Thanks for your help in advance!
caintuckJune 24, 2015 at 9:59 PM #24643
Thanks for the request, Caintuck. I went in and posted some links just below the video.
I would also suggest this lesson:September 13, 2015 at 12:06 PM #26830ruckydooParticipant
Tried vibrato for 1st time. This will require an abundance of practice for me as this isn’t a movement that seems to work well…yet. Appreciate the enormous amount of time that you’ve put into making these lessons. A Texas granddaughter seems interested in playing violin and I told them how to find you and how much I enjoy your methods of teaching. You may be getting a 12 yr. old student.September 13, 2015 at 9:32 PM #26835
Thanks, it means a lot that you would recommend me!
Speaking of recommendations; Kevinj did an extended study on vibrato recently, and was very successful using a technique where he started with slow oscillations then gradually increased velocity. He has published a really fantastic post on it here:February 6, 2016 at 12:57 PM #32728Bruce StewartParticipant
Thanks John this is a great set of lessons. I wish you would show us a practice routine to get the most out of our practice, every day. Again thanks for all that you do.February 6, 2016 at 6:20 PM #32739
I’m getting an Ooops on the tablature practice link…is anyone else having a problem?February 6, 2016 at 7:37 PM #32744
Glad to see this post cause vibrato is tuff to do. I do have a question for anyone. How much finger pressure do you put on the strings when playing? And I am not just talking about when doing vibrato. Reason I ask is I get finger callous from playing. Is this normal? Or am I putting to much pressure on strings when I play?February 6, 2016 at 7:53 PM #32745
I don’t think you need a great deal of pressure as that will also slow down the speed of your fingers. I got them at first too Joe, but after a while they peeled off…once you toughen up and you won’t even notice. I did recently put softer strings on my electric fiddle because my fingers were getting sore but it should work itself out with regular playing.February 6, 2016 at 8:52 PM #32753fran hParticipant
I think I use less pressure than I used to. I have been working on vibrato and it is just a weird thing to do. I discovered that I think I was using too much pressure for vibrato because I accidentally did the vibrato thing before my finger was set and I wasn’t really ready to and it was the best sounding one yet. . .so after that I worked on vibrato with less pressure and it worked better. I have also determined that vibrato is different for everybody.February 6, 2016 at 10:04 PM #32758
Peggy, I fixed the link. Thanks for letting me know about it!
You definitely do not need a lot of pressure with the left hand. Try backing off until the string buzzes, then add just enough pressure to make a good tone. That is all you should use, and no more! You’ll find that it is really not much more than the weight of your fingers.
Pressing too hard involves over-activation of the muscles in the finger. This leads to tiredness and stiffness. Also, as Peggy mentioned, tightening your muscles takes time and so will detract from the speed of your playing.February 6, 2016 at 10:21 PM #32762
well I find the faster the song is the more finger pressure i seem to have. Bad habit I guess.February 6, 2016 at 10:32 PM #32764
I find that I tense up on fast unfamiliar songs too…maybe try slowing until you’re more comfortable and speeding up gradually again. If it’s not something I play often I tend to get “out of control”February 6, 2016 at 10:51 PM #32767
will give it a try Peggy, thanksFebruary 6, 2016 at 10:58 PM #32771
I tend to tense my left hand when I play a loud note. Not that I need to; it’s just a reaction! Humans are weird. 🙂
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