Tech­nique Fo­cus

vi­brato and bends

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY -

vi­brato and string bends are the heart and soul of any blues player’s style. Fred­die’s sub­tle vi­brato is most no­tice­able on the higher notes, where he will of­ten grad­u­ally let it be­come wider as he de­vel­ops a phrase, while al­bert’s wide bends are the first thing you no­tice. a good tip is to brace two or even three fin­gers to­gether for ex­tra strength. bb of­ten takes his thumb off the back of the neck to fa­cil­i­tate a wider vi­brato, though some of his jazz­ier mo­ments re­frain from any string ma­nip­u­la­tion at all, which is ef­fec­tive when it comes to play­ing dy­nam­ics.

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