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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Lesson #112C (01/27/13): EMajor & Vibrato

Went over EMajor scale and Clayton wants me to start singing along with scales for ear training to start  recognizing what a Major scale, i.e. start recognizing intervals for major scales.
  • Exercise #1:
    • During scales, sing along to the notes. Make sure I can hear and/or think about each note before it's played
  • Exercise #2:
    • Put the tuner on E and then sing up the scale to test whether I know what the intervals are. 

Did I mention I'm a terrible singer?? Soooo embarrassing to sing...blah...LOL!! ;)
Anyway, below is a fairly timely YouTube video regarding singing. Clayton went over this stuff while we working on phrasing for Minuet No. 2 in Book 1. It's funny, but during that lesson I remember Clayton asking me if I could hear, or know what I wanted the piece to sound like, which I hesitantly replied, "not really." His response - "yeah, I can tell..."
My immediate internal thought was a knee jerk reaction of something to the effect of "flip off!" ;). He didn't say it in a mean-spirited way, and Clayton is SUPER nice (but honest), and he knows me well enough that he knew I wouldn't take offense, but it definitely got me thinking about being more aware of what I want each piece of music to sound like and if singing will help, so be it - I guess I need to learn how to sing!

Pretty much what my teacher was saying too.

My vibrato is kind of non-existent. I'm "vibrating" but it's not really making any sound! Lol! ;)
  • Exercise #1
    • Put the metronome on 60 and watch my finger to make sure that my knuckle stays loose and that there is a small pivot point at my finger pad. Rotation should not be consciously done, but an effect of the arms movement.
  • Exercise #2
    • Put the metronome on 60 and then vibrate one pulse, than two pulses per beat, than three pulses per beat and than 4 pulses per beat
  • Exercise #3
    • There's an exercise that he was shown that was taught to him by a violist to keep their knuckles loose.
Vibrato notes
  • The position of my hand should not change when I do vibrato. I should not have a different looking hand when I play with or without vibrato.
    • When I was vibrating on my third finger, I tended to sqaure up my hand instead of leaving it at a slant.
  • Weight of my finger
    • My finger seemed to be moving around too much and not staying planted in one spot
  • I'm having more issues on my first finger than any of the other fingers so he suggested that I slant my finger more on my first finger.
  • Getting my 2nd finger to start vibrating was also difficult so he had me experiment with where my arm felt more comfortable starting vibrato 

Because I'm a bit impatient, I asked how long it typically takes to learn how to do vibrato and of course, I received the expected standard response of, "it depends" or something to that effect. ;)

Although Clayton did mention during his undergraduate studies that he had to re-examine his vibrato and work on it a lot because his vibrato wasn't very noticeable. He explained that he was being a "good student" and vibrating all of his notes, but when he would audio record his playing, he couldn't hear the vibrato. This led him to re-examine and re-learn how to play with vibrato. I wouldn't have expected him to have issues with his vibrato because he just plays beautifully. Anyway, I guess this means it'll probably take a loooong time!! ;)

1 comment:

  1. Glad to hear you are vibrating!!!! It does feel wierd but gets easier as time goes by. This video might help.

    It's essentially how my teacher taught me, worked really well!