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Rockmore had retired from the concert stage but had impromptu gatherings at her 57th street apartment. In Robert Moog repaired her ailing theremin and then supervised the recording session that created the theremin albums on Delos and Bridge. Several of the offerings of this collection had appeared prior in September , and John Sunier reviewed the Romeo Recording. The ensuing verbal, picture post-card of Old World Lithuania as it presented both opportunities and obstacles for aspiring Jewish musicians proves fascinating listening. Both Rockmore and Schneider celebrate their fellow Vilja native, Jascha Heifetz, without reservation.

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A good singer which you definitely ARE, Amey is able to switch vibrato on, off, faster, slower, etc The theremin has the dubious distinction of being one of a very few musical instruments that cannot be played without vibrato that old theremin nemesis, the musical saw, may be another.

Unlike most other instrumentalists, the thereminist MUST execute vibrato in order to play the instrument with an illusion of accuracy. Vibrato gives us a certain leeway in finding pitch and allows us to mask the countless pitch corrections we are constantly making when we play. Try playing without vibrato and you will quickly realize it is impossible to remain consistently in tune without it.

With the theremin, vibrato is an integral and essential part of technique, hiding many of the inevitable inaccuracies, while warming and "humanizing" the voice of the instrument at the same time. I have found that one of the hardest things to master in theremin technique, is the ability to vary the depth and rate of my vibrato accurately and precisely and to use that to emotionally colour my playing. Her suggestion that the vibrato be "as fast as possible" suggests that she herself was executing it as fast as she could, but it is not good advice for ALL thereminists.

There are plenty of people out there who are physically capable of producing an arm motion that is much too fast, producing what vocalists call "a flutter" which is a vibrato with a rate of more than about 6 cycles per sec. If you widen the amplitude the depth you get into the domain of the dreaded "wobble".

In 19th and 20th century vocal music, the rate of vibrato i. When you listen to the vintage recordings of both popular and classical singers, what strikes you is that their vibratos are very fast when compared to their counterparts today.

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A good singer which you definitely ARE, Amey is able to switch vibrato on, off, faster, slower, etc The theremin has the dubious distinction of being one of a very few musical instruments that cannot be played without vibrato that old theremin nemesis, the musical saw, may be another. Unlike most other instrumentalists, the thereminist MUST execute vibrato in order to play the instrument with an illusion of accuracy. Vibrato gives us a certain leeway in finding pitch and allows us to mask the countless pitch corrections we are constantly making when we play.

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At the age of four, she became the youngest ever student at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory , where she studied under the prominent violinist Leopold Auer. As a teenager, tendinitis affected her bow arm, attributed to childhood malnutrition, and resulted in her giving up the violin. She performed widely and helped Theremin to refine his instrument. You cannot register any of your internal emotion at all. You cannot shake your head, for instance, or sway back and forth on your feet.

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