Wohlfahrt Op 45 Etude 13
Hello everybody, this month I’ve been working on Wohlfahrt Op. 45 Etude 13. With this etude I’ve been focusing on using whole bows from frog to tip and practicing vibrato. I think my bowing is getting better. It feels easier to use the whole bow now. I start every day playing open strings with whole bows, completely focusing on straight bowing and an even tone. I think it’s starting to pay off because I can bow straight most of the time without thinking of it!! Also bow bounces on whole bows almost never occurs. I’m happy with the tone on the long notes. It sounds pretty loud and sustained, so that’s very motivating!!
I do notice in the video that I never take the 16th notes at the extreme tip. I tend to go back to the middle of the bow. So I’ll keep working on that.
Uffff the vibrato is giving me a hard time!!! I’m doing my best to be relaxed and get a nice vibrato but I notice that half of the time my vibrato is almost inaudible… or not as loud as I wish for. I’m doing vibrato exercises every day now and I hope my vibrato will become more audible in the next months. Also I would like to be able to use vibrato on shorter notes.
I’ve started with vibrato when I was playing 8 months. However I didn’t practice it daily. Sometimes I was practicing vibrato for a week or so, then I stopped doing it. Now I know and understand that I have to practice vibrato every day for a very very long time to make it nice and consistent. So, I will keep practicing vibrato every day from now on!
There are hundreds of videos on YouTube about practicing vibrato and many are very helpful. A couple of days ago I was watching some videos again, and I liked this one.
Lots of stuff I had already heard, but I hadn’t tried yet the first exercise she explains: a short siren from the wrist. I had never done the siren like this and I think it’s helping me to move my wrist better.
Last week I also watched this video by Eddy Chen about vibrato. Very interesting too and let’s me think that vibrato is something one can keep improving. He plays so well and has been playing for years, yet he shares how he is working to improve his vibrato. Amazing!