Viola Tone

Improving violin (viola) tone/vibrato?

Hello, I've been playing viola in my school orchestra for about 5 years now and I've recently started to want to improve my tone quality and vibrato.

My main issue is that my tone isn't as good as I would like it to be. It's "decent" I guess, but I'd like to be able to produce a fuller warmer tone. And I'd also like to improve my vibrato but I'm not really sure how to do that. Also, is there a difference between a faster vibrato and a slower one?

I'm not sure if I have too much or too little rosin on my bow either. But the sound isn't very warm..it's a bit "scratchy" or choppy. I don't know how to explain it.

I also have to go to the music store to replace my shoulder rest and I was thinking about getting some other things as well such as new strings and rosin. Any suggestions? Not too expensive though, if possible.

Sorry for such a long post lol.

There are not two, but three types of vibrato: arm, wrist and finger. For links to videos and other materials, see:

Vibrato Resources

http://beststudentviolins.com/PedagogyTech.html#5

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