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Hi. I'm reading Principles of violin playing and teaching by Ivan Galamian. I've encountered the term 'vibrato intensity' for the first time.

'Should it be performed by the arm, the hand, or the fingers?... Within each of these three types, speed, width, and intensity can be varied to a fairy great extent' (Galamian, p. 37).

I understand the definition of the first two variables as Sassmannshaus has explained vibrato can be slow or fast; narrow or wide. However, what does intensity mean? I'd really interested and want to incorporate this element into my playing.

Thank you

 

Update 4/7: Just realized on the same page he also wrote 'changing the pressure of the finger and its angle with the string' as when describing vibrato intensity.

 

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on pg. 43 , #1,  he speaks of starting a note with an intense vibrato.............................then.......let the vibrato become more gentle.

I have assumed he ment a clearer cleaner harder vibrato, a touch more on the tip of the finger, vs a  pad of the finger softness.

Intensity is neither speed nor width,,,,,,and the difference in intensity would be subtle, a little goes a long way.

 

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Intensity depends on context.

But, generally, more intense vibrato is faster and wider. (Perhaps also while utilizing a contact point closer to the bridge with faster bow speed as well.)

But, again, it's depends more on context and you might do better to try to be more intense rather than trying to reduce "intense" to its composite parts.  What does intense mean to you?  When you listen to your favorite players, what do their vibratos sound like in climactic moments?  While I think clear, technical explanations are useful, I've had teachers and colleagues who got excellent results in rehearsals by asking for more metaphorical or descriptive ideas.  It annoys the heck out of some people, but especially when playing Romantic repertoire or even just when trying to play more musically, asking for colors or textures or images or moods can help.

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20 hours ago, Evan Smith said:

on pg. 43 , #1,  he speaks of starting a note with an intense vibrato.............................then.......let the vibrato become more gentle.

I have assumed he ment a clearer cleaner harder vibrato, a touch more on the tip of the finger, vs a  pad of the finger softness.

Intensity is neither speed nor width,,,,,,and the difference in intensity would be subtle, a little goes a long way.

 

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Thanks for reminding me to readeery sentence more carefully! I think I've found my answer.

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