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What is Vibrato?
Vibrato is a slight back and forth motion that makes a guitar note "wobble" a little bit. A good vibrato makes a note played on the guitar sound more like a human voice is singing it!
At first, it can be a little difficult to get the finger and hand action right, but a great vibrato technique can make even the simplest note sequences sound incredible.
For a sample of what this can sound like in a musical context check out literally anything by B.B. King. This example is from a live performance of him playing “The Thrill Is Gone”:
To learn the basics of vibrato check out this lesson by Nate Savage from Guitareo:
Important takeaways from the lesson are:
Steve Vai's Circular Technique
Steve Vai talks about the “soul of the note” being in the vibrato. He guides you through the philosophy of Vibrato, and shows off his technique in this video.
New School Learning From The Old School
Here is a great video on vibrato technique featuring Ayla Tesler-Mabe of Calpurnia and Ludic that she recorded while visiting Guitareo.
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