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it seems to me that the best players have really expressive vibrato, and I really want to focus on developing mine in this direction.

can anyone point me in the direction of some good exercises or techniques they used to develop their vibrato?


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  • GassageGassage Frets: 16223
    Listen to Kossoff, May, Gilmour, Bonamassa.

    Repeat to fade.

    A good trick is to think of the finger vibe as rubbing a spot off the neck of the guitar with your finger in a circular motion.

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  • GassageGassage Frets: 16223
    And, if you use a trem equipped guitar, learn to bend and apply vibrato on the bend and peak, and use the trem bar to add more as you release the bend down. It's a very neat trick.

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  • mburekengemburekenge Frets: 199
    @Gassage thanks man, I'm already trying to emulate guys with touch that I love, including some that you mention. The old fashioned way - playing along until I cant hear the difference. 

    by the way, each time I see your sig it makes me chuckle.. every time! killer.
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  • guitarfishbayguitarfishbay Frets: 4077
    Also consider guitar setup, it is much easier to control vibrato if the string tension is moderate to low-ish. When it is higher strength becomes a factor and that will make controlling it more difficult.
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  • GassageGassage Frets: 16223
    edited January 7
    @Gassage thanks man, I'm already trying to emulate guys with touch that I love, including some that you mention. The old fashioned way - playing along until I cant hear the difference. 

    by the way, each time I see your sig it makes me chuckle.. every time! killer.
    @mburekenge EDITED- wrong video.
    Watch this for inspiration.

    Basically Satch takes the first part of the solo, utterly technically kills it, slam dunk.
    Vai takes second- restrained and wonderfully tasteful (for him).
    Brian May takes the part of last solo- blows both into the ocean by a huge distance.... with feel and phrasing.

    (memorable also for the backing singer oversinging in a masterful way.)




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  • ChrisMusicChrisMusic Frets: 858
    Take a look at the videos posted in this old thread, there is some good stuff there, HTH  :)

    http://thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/9453/bends-and-vibrato-how-do-you-do-them#latest

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  • mburekengemburekenge Frets: 199
    @ChrisMusic thanks a lot. :)
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  • vizviz Frets: 3686
    edited January 8
    The best way to develop good vibrato in my opinion is firstly to know how you want it to sound, and why you want it to sound like that. Generic warble applied irrespective of context can be pretty revolting.

    The best way to make sure your vibrato is applied judiciously is literally to sing what you want to hear, or at the very least have it in your mind's ear. But singing is the best, because it is most likely to be the most natural and give the best effect.

    For example, holding a long note steady then warming it at the end with a slow, controlled, restrained vibrato gives a beautiful effect, but is quite difficult for guitarists to develop from scratch without knowing the sound beforehand.

    Once you know exactly what you want to hear, and if you can listen carefully to the sound your guitar is making, you should be able to close the gap. 
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 12729
    +1 ^^^

    I also practiced note values with vibrato- quarter notes, triplets, half notes, whole notes- you'll never need more note values than that.
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