Vibrato-less Practice

I have noticed some tightness in my left hand vibrato the last week. Sensed that I was leaning too much on the vibrato for being the expressive element. Today I am in the process of working on expressive playing with only the bow being the tool. This has been helpful in the past and only heightens theĀ adageĀ that the bow is the king or primary means of expression. This was always the statement made by my mentors who had the most interesting and beautiful vibrati. Using old standard rep like Thais, Tchaikovsky slow movement and Swan Lake excerpts. Everything is starting to loosen and my vibrato is starting to incorporate itself into the bow sound more naturally. Back to the room.

About davisbrooksviolin

My name is Davis Brooks and I am a violinist living in Indianapolis IN. I am Prof. of Violin Emeritus at Butler University, associate concertmaster of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, a freelancer and record in the regional commercial studios. I have a particular interest in new music and this semester I am happily working with composition students at the University of Alabama. Roll Tide.
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