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Pathways in Teaching series, ‘Teaching Vibrato’ with Ted Wilson.

  • 13th November 2016 - 13th November 2016
  • 2.30pm-5.30pm
  • Primrose Hill Community Centre

A number of ESTA members have expressed concern about teaching vibrato and the “no touching” policy of many local authorities. Also, a number of cello teachers, employed by music hubs, now have to teach violin, as well as cello, and find violin vibrato challenging. In response to this expressed need  Ted led a very successful ESTA event in Cardiff University, which demonstrated how he teaches vibrato.

Ted claims that he does not teach vibrato, merely how to avoid technique, which prevents vibrato happening. He teaches technical tricks, which assist vibrato. These are taught to pupils from the very first lesson and are gradually refined until vibrato just appears. These aspects of technique will be demonstrated, tried and discussed

When vibrato appears depends on the pupil and in Ted’s teaching practice an occasional pupil produces “a kind of” vibrato for grade 2 and the odd one is still very tense at grade 8. However, the average pupil starts to “vibrate” at Grade 3 level and will become proficient between Grade 5 and Grade6

Ted will be assisted by two of his former pupils; Elin Parry who has just finished post Grad. At Trinity-Laban and Charles Whittaker who in his second year at the Royal College of Music.

The afternoon will include:

  • Recital by Elin
  • General Posture for vibrato
  • Explanation of harmonics
  • Harmonics for arm vibrato
  • Note finding and the thumb
  • Harmonics for hand vibrato
  • Harmonics for finger vibrato
  • Taking the bones out of your fingers
  • The bowing arm as a 4, 5 & 6 bar linkage
  • Correct violin size and bow length to assist vibrato
  • Use of talcum powder
  • Warm-up technique using vibrato
  • Older pupils
  • General discussion
  • Closing recital by Charles

Please bring your instrument – violin, viola , cello or bass

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