phil hilborne’s one-minute lick FAKE SLIDE GUITAR VIBRATO ARM LICK
The guiTar’s vibraTo arm is one of the most expressive devices we have. used with skill and taste it can add a lot to your playing. This lick illustrates a ‘fake slide’GphUrIaTsAeRwhTeEreCtHhNeIiQntUeEnStisMtoAfGooAlZthINeElist2en6e7rin to believing you are using a real slide, but it involves a great deal of control. it begins with a ‘Dust My broom’ style phrase, depressing and releasing the bar to
‘swoop’ into the b notes from the 5 (b ) a semitone below. For the quarter-tone swoop down to the g note, pre-bend upwards with the arm before picking, then release it back to the g note - it’s easy to pull the bar up too far, so take care. For the second phrase we ‘swoop’ into the notes and add vibrato as indicated. how much you manipulate the bar for the same amount of ‘swoop’ or vibrato, varies - the higher strings require more movement than the lower ones. good control is the key to success here.