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I’m very excited to have a new online course available, this time all about vibrato! I’ve spend the last two months planning, video recording, editing, and finally, as I flew back and forth across the US for my Fall tour of New England, every chance I could find, adding finishing touches to make the most cohesive, systematic, and enjoyable course possible. I’m thrilled to finally be ready to offer up nearly 20 years of experimentations with teaching violin and viola vibrato in my “lessons laboratory” to players around the world.

A bit about the course: Through 31 hands-on videos I teach a systematic vibrato method that will take any violin, viola, or fiddle student with no vibrato experience to an expressive, consistent vibrato in 3-6 months. More experienced players will gain skills for improving their vibrato technique, while learning to create more seamlessness and variety, in preparation for various applications across the Classical music time periods, as well as other music genres. Students will learn how to troubleshoot and fix issues common when trying to learn vibrato, such as a vibrato that makes you sound out of tune, issues with the 1st or 4th fingers, a vibrato that is too fast or too slow, as well as issues with form, cohesiveness, initiation, and continuous vibrato. Throughout the course we’ll explore ideas for musical interpretation, cover historical and modern applications of vibrato, the prerequisites needed for successfully learning vibrato, vibrato warm-ups, and even a flashy modern vibrato cousin great for adding to your Rock or Blues improvisations.

Along the way, I’ve included samples of various vibrato styles, through Classical favorites, fiddle tunes, and some of my original compositions. Additionally, links to a variety of articles help us dive deeper into the history and applications of vibrato.
 To keep you on track, lessons end with a recap of what you should practice, consider, and remember. Similarly, several PDF practice outlines and a detailed six month weekly practice program PDF ensure you are organizing the various exercises effectively, all the while seeing and hearing your progressive achievements.

Visit for details on how to sign up.

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Laurel Thomsen

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