Welcome our rock vibrato course! Firstly, rock vibrato is used in a variety of settings, not just rock! This technique will work beautifully in blues, pop and various other settings. Vibrato is a very tricky technique for beginners and can take many months to really get used to. The main focus if this course is to show you how to do the technique properly and to give you exercises and solos to practise. Every time you play a new solo or riff, always remind yourself to try your vibrato out, only by doing that will you ever master the technique. Have fun!
Any good air guitar player knows about vibrato - it is when a guitarist wiggles his wrist to make the note sound ‘wobbly’! Vibrato is a crucial technique that helps soften and give real character to your lead guitar playing. Vibrato is essentially varying the pitch of a note by quickly bending it out of tune, then quickly back in tune, repeatedly. Here is what vibrato looks like in tab:
When it comes to actually perform the vibrato, here is a useful little checklist to help:
Let’s put our new skills into practice with this cool vibrato solo. The idea here is to play something relatively simple, but use the vibrato to really make it sing! Notice in the video how I always hit the note to hear the pitch, then add the vibrato. It’s subtle but it makes a big difference. Firstly, the solo is in the key of B minor using our pentatonic shape 1 and some of the next shape along. We will include the notes on the fretboard in the fretboard diagrams, but we go through them in detail in the next course, so don't worry about it for now!
In the tab section, you will the entire solo tab. For now, you only need to cover the first few licks as shown in the video. Be sure to get them learnt before continuing to the next lesson.
Let’s get some good, solid vibrato practice under our belts! This is a simple exercise, but it is very hard to make it sound good, so take your time. The idea is simple, take pentatonic shape one in A minor and play vibrato on every single note. You will find the tab further down the page, and in the fretboard diagrams is a reminder of the pentatonic shape 1 in A minor.
We will now complete the solo by adding the final licks and putting them together. You can now use the whole of the tab to help you.
As a last point in this vibrato course, we just wanted to say that vibrato should not be overused! Whilst you are learning to use vibrato, I will be asking you to use it all the time so that you learn how to use it properly. However, when you get to the point where you are able to play vibrato, remember to only use it when necessary and not all the time! For now though, be sure to practise it as often as you like.
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