Cello Vibrato: Two Exercises
Teaching vibrato is one area where I feel I can never have enough resources. In this article, I share the two exercises I use to introduce students to the movements involved in creating vibrato. However you choose to apply vibrato, and the historical issues involved, are another discussion - but I do think that students should be able to play with a constant vibrato as a first step, developing a more varied approach to its application later.
Polishing / dusting the fingerboard
This exercise develops the up and down movement made by the hand in vibrato, and it is often the first introduction I offer to vibrato.
Oscillations in time
Wedding Bells: Thursday Review*
Are you a cellist, and do you have to find some music to play at a wedding? That was me a few months ago.
My brief was Bach; instrumentation cello and piano.
These two books are the ones I went with - the writing is excellent, and the level for these pieces is probably around Grade 4-6 AMEB, so quite playable and complex enough to sound good in performance!
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