Quick Tips About Vibrato, Shuffles, Ornamentation, etc.

Here are helpful videos that may not have found a permanent home yet.

Vibrato Lesson:

Favorite Ornaments:

Amazing Grace Notes:

Nashville / Georgia Shuffle:

Tablature for Nashville / Georgia Shuffle Practice

"Groundhog" using the Georgia Shuffle

"Groundhog" using the Nashville Shuffle

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  • #17412

    John Cockman
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    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.]

    #19926
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Thanks John, Great lessons to make songs sound better, cool.

    #24630

    caintuck
    Participant

    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!

    caintuck

    #24643

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thanks for the request, Caintuck. I went in and posted some links  just below the video.

    I would also suggest this lesson:

    Groundhog

    #26830
    ruckydoo
    ruckydoo
    Participant

    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.

    #26835

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    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:

    https://bluegrassdaddy.com/forums/topic/my-3-month-wrist-vibrato-project/

    #32728

    Bruce Stewart
    Participant

    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.

    #32739
    peggys
    peggys
    Participant

    I’m getting an Ooops on the tablature practice link…is anyone else having a problem?

     

    #32744

    Joe
    Participant

    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?

    #32745
    peggys
    peggys
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    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.

    #32753
    fran h
    fran h
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    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.

    #32758

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    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.

    #32762

    Joe
    Participant

    well I find the faster the song is the more finger pressure i seem to have. Bad habit I guess.

    #32764
    peggys
    peggys
    Participant

    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”

    #32767

    Joe
    Participant

    will give it a try Peggy, thanks

    #32771

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    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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