Q: If wrist vibrato is a single, simple motion, a rocking of the hand on the wrist, then why is it harder to vibrate on some fingers and easier on others? After all, the finger's not doing anything.
A: the finger may not be doing anything, but something is being done to it - the rocking of the hand causes the finger to wobble about its spot on the string. If the finger isn't flexible, it will sound jerky as the hand rocks it.
Am I right?
In other news:
A cutback week for running, 42 miles. Next week I'm going back to 7-days-a-week running, for the first time in at least a year, almost a year, over a year, who knows, can't remember, but it's been a long time. It will help me increase mileage without having to get up even earlier on weekdays.
On Wednesday I go for a 6-month mammogram and chat with the surgeon's NP. I am only a little apprehensive, actually not at all. Hopefully everything will look fine and I won't have to go back for a year.
Speaking of vibrato: this week I've started bringing my mind along while doing the teacher's vibrato exercise, instead of daydreaming or looking at the computer. The exercise is the one where you glue (not literally) your wrist to the bout, set the metronome at 60, and wobble one, two, three, etc times per beat. At that tempo, anything above 6 or 7 wobbles/beat just sounds like regular vibrato, so the slower wobbles are meant to teach control and pulse and variation of amplitude and such. Today, for the first time ever (I am talking 2 1/2 years), I was able to get to 6 clearly articulated wobbles per beat with first finger. Whoohoo, small victories...