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Special photo credit to Keli Cardoso de Melo who took so many of the photos we use on our website :)

The Non Fancy Guide to Controlling Vibrato

Updated: Oct 2, 2019



Kung Fu Movie Trailer or Cello Vid? Read on to find out...

Last week, at the request of some of my orchestra director friends, I put my method of starting vibrato on YouTube. The response was huge, and the part where I said that another one was coming next week....well, it just came out as I was recording.

The reason it came out so naturally was because I already knew what the next step was, it was just a matter of getting it recorded.

Today, I filmed that next step, which is all about getting that huge bounce under control. By doing this, you get the precision and mastery needed to have a warm, flowing sound.

Oh, yeah, and it comes with our very first (non fancy) infographic! Click to download the PDF.



Here's how it's done!

Last week, I was really excited to see one of my students step up her vibrato game like crazy by practicing this method. I hope you find it helpful, too.

By the way, I really enjoy talking with other musicians, teachers, and music parents about their thoughts when practicing and making music. If you have any thoughts, let me know! I'd love to hear from you.


Neil Fong Gilfillan is a Suzuki cello teacher in Frisco Texas. He and his wife Rachel Samson on viola/violin run Chili Dog Strings, the only string studio in Frisco named after a dog. To see more of his teaching tricks and performances, check their studio Facebook page, YouTube channel and Instagram!