Tech­nique Fo­cus

Vi­brato

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY | BLUES-ROCK -

You might think that the vi­brato styles in this ar­ti­cle sound a lit­tle ‘old fash­ioned’ by mod­ern stan­dards. To my ears it is far more mu­si­cal than the post ‘80s, wide metal vi­brato that is still preva­lent to­day. It was cer­tainly ap­plied in a more dis­cern­ing way by the blues-rock gui­tarists; notes of­ten sus­tained with vi­brato be­ing grad­u­ally ap­plied, some­times no vi­brato would be added at all. This is more akin to the way a vo­cal­ist would use the tech­nique. You can check just how con­scious your ap­pli­ca­tion of vi­brato is by play­ing a solo with­out any vi­brato (record your­self for the bru­tal truth!); you may be sur­prised by the re­sults.

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