After several years, I have finally finished the sequel to Always Room 4 Cello!
I wanted to make use of a different genre for the next big video project, so when I found myself singing about vibrato to the tune of "Desperado," it just seemed right. Besides, I have found that vibrato tends to be one of the most mysterious and frustrating topics for beginning cellists. It needs attention.
A silly teaser trailer I made for it...
Oh, vibrato, why can’t we get you to happen?
Been doin’ so much tappin’
for so long now.
You’re a hard one
but you’re supposed to be easy,
there’s tension that’s squeezin’ you
but I don’t know how.
I’ll have to try some mini-shifting
or just sliding on a table
or it might be good to move with the opposite hand
You can karate chop your cello
just be sure it’s really stable
or enlist the help of a pretty pushy friend
Oh, vibrato, make sure you start from the elbow
soon you’ll shout out HELL….O
to a nice warm sound
You just shake it, oh shake it
like a polaroid picture
There ain’t no set scripture
except to set your bow down
If you try all this and still use the bow
it’ll change the motion and you won’t know
plus it can cause your whole right arm to want to shake,
But if you tap your cello with your left
and practice the feel of a bow that is kept straight
Oh,vibrato, it could be so super simple
gotta get experimental to find your command
May seem crazy, but it will sneak up and get you
and you’ll never forget--
It’ll feel like shaking your hand.
Lets' talk! Leave a comment below--I would love to hear from you.
In the meantime, here are a few videos I really like that deal with cello vibrato in a helpful way. If you don't have much time, watch the first one (top left). The adult amateur cellist in the video speaks very candidly about her frustrations--and offers a logical and fresh approach!
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