HANK MARVIN: SUB­TLE WHAMMY BAR VI­BRATO

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Guitar Techniques - - INSTRUMENTALS -

This ex­am­ple utilises a sim­ple shads-style melody to en­able you to prac­tise hold­ing the whammy as you pick. This al­lows you to in­stantly ap­ply vi­brato where in­di­cated. One of Hank Marvin’s goals was to “make the gui­tar live” by mim­ick­ing the tech­niques used by vo­cal­ists. He hated the sound of a sim­ple ring­ing gui­tar note and the stan­dard heavy-gauge strings avail­able at this time (with wound third) made ap­ply­ing fin­ger vi­brato very dif­fi­cult.

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