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Violin/Vibrato on g,d,string


uncle duke wrote at 2014-10-10 16:57:31
..... it's not a waste of time waiting for your arm to re-configure itself if you can get back to or become better than the level of playing you were at 29 years ago.  Hopefully, you can remember where you were at when you quit playing.  When you get to that point, keep going to get "past the hump".  With some luck this will not take years.  Ten years playing the same instrument without vibrato could mean that the first position area under the fingerboard has to much wood left from the maker on the side areas of the maple neck.  It's possible the entire area has to much wood there.  If possible, try a same size instrument as yours but with a skinnier/slimmer neck with good/low string clearances at the nut.  Remember what Todd said about thumb position/tightness. That could be all the difference in the world too.  Try this-  play the first 5 notes of the A scale on the A sting and using which ever bowing you want, start vibrato with the pinky 4th position E a few seconds when you get there, then ring finger D vibrato a few seconds, middle finger C a few seconds and finally 1st position B for as long as you can stand using vibrato. even if it's for a second or two.  Take a break or try again, good luck  


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Todd Sullivan


Hello, I am a NYC violinist performing for Broadway shows, symphony orchestras, opera, and sundry theatre/pop tours. I would be happy to answer your questions about anything related to being a performer in the music business. I play both violin and viola professionally, so questions on playing either instrument are welcome. The only thing I am not well informed on is information concerning instruments/bows...those questions are best left to luthiers.


Professional experience includes a variety of on/off Broadway tours and shows, numerous orchestras, tours with Ray Charles and Ann Murray orchestras, leader of the 20-piece Todd Sullivan Orchestra.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (violin) with honors from Carnegie Mellon University (1999)

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