Video Tutorial: How To Master Guitar Vibrato Technique
Your guitar licks become incredibly expressive and emotionally captivating when you use excellent vibrato technique to make your notes sing.
Most guitar players only use vibrato technique to a fraction of its expressive potential.
Guitarists with the best vibrato guitar technique know how to keep it in-tune and controlled while using it in a variety of creative ways to squeeze emotion out of notes like water from a sponge.
Learn how to get amazing vibrato technique on guitar just like that right now by watching this video:
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Here are a few more tips to help your vibrato:
Guitar Vibrato Tip #1: Model The Vibrato Of Great Singers.
And I don’t mean opera singers :) I mean great rock singers like Fabio Lione or King Diamond (2 of my favorite singers who were hugely influential on my vibrato style).
What you can do is: transcribe their vocal parts (play them on guitar as instrumental melodies) and focus on matching the nuances of their vibrato.
Set aside 20-30 minutes (once or twice per week) to work on this skill. This will not only improve your vibrato – your phrasing will get better too.
As an added bonus: you will learn a lot about soloing by analyzing how singers approach melodies. Singers cannot sing as fast as guitarists can play, so they think a lot more about: note choice, melodic contour and rhythm. You can learn a lot from this as a lead guitar player.
Guitar Vibrato Tip #2: Be Extra Careful Of Muting String Noise. Here Is How:
Rest your picking hand’s thumb on the lower (in pitch) strings when you do vibrato. This will help you avoid string noise when your vibrato becomes thick, fast and wide.
Note: thumb muting is better for muting string noise than your palm. That’s because with palm muting, your pick is at rest away from the strings. This not only makes muting harder to do, but also makes your picking less efficient.
With thumb muting, the thumb is always securely covering the strings you don't want to hear. And your pick is always at rest inside the string trench (space between strings). This makes your playing very clean and helps your vibrato sound great.
Now you know how to improve your vibrato. The next step is to transform the rest of your musical skills, so you can put it all together and play guitar the way you always wanted and dreamed about.
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