Vibrato on the Fiddle
I’m trying to get good at vibrato for use in those slow aires. (Don’t worry, I won’t go overboard with it.)
My problem is that I can’t both support the fiddle and have a loose enough grip to get good vibrato with my 3rd and 4rth fingers. In order to get good vibrato with those fingers I have to loosen up my left-hand grip enough so that the knuckle in my hand at the bottom of my first finger is no longer touching the neck of the fiddle. But, that’s how I hold the fiddle up; by pinching the neck between this knuckle and the first knuckle in my thumb.
Does this mean that I have to break down and use a shoulder-rest to hold the fiddle up without help from my left hand so that my wrist can waver back and forth? I’ve tried them before and I don’t like them. Maybe its a cheap chinrest, but I can’t hold the fiddle up where I need it with just my chin and my shoulder without help from my left hand.
I can get good vibrato with my 4rth finger if I allow the neck of the fiddle to fall down to the bottom of my grip and rest it on the meaty part of my palm next to my thumb. But its awkward and disruptive moving the neck of the fiddle around in my left hand while playing. This can’t be the answer.
How do I both support the fiddle with my left hand and allow my wrist to move enough to get good vibrato?