7 Easy Things To Check To Make Sure Your Vibratos Sound Awesome

Introduction for Beginner Guitar Players


A vibrato is a phrasing technique used on the guitar to add feeling and emotion to your guitar playing. Used in many instruments, and even for vocalists, it can make a big difference between your playing sounding stale and have it sounding amazing.


A vibrato involves having a note changed from a starting note to a new note repeatedly. Kind of like a bend that goes back and forth. Anything that creates this would count as a vibrato. You can do it by bending the strings, or slide vibratos where you go between two frets.


It’s also one thing that differentiates between an intermediate guitar player and someone who is advanced, is by the quality of their vibratos. The main two components that effect how vibrato sounds is the speed of the vibrato and how much it varies from the beginning note. 


What to look for in your vibratos

If you are practising your vibrato and you just don’t know what you are looking for to get your vibrato to sound awesome. Check the 7 items below and make sure when you do your vibratos on your guitar. That it will consistently blow yourself and your audience away.


How Does Your Pitch Vary When You Play?

Where ever you are bending your vibrato to, whether it’s a semi tone up and a whole tone. Make sure the note consistent goes to your target pitch each time you bend, or slide the note.

For specific vibratos, you want to make sure your vibratos are in tune. This is more important for bends. But if you are doing semi-tone or full tone vibratos. You need to make sure your target pitch is not out of tune.


Are You Returning To Your Original Pitch?

Just like changing the note so it hits your target pitch, you want to make sure it returns to the original pitch every time too. Using slow practise, you can make sure you practise going from your original pitch to your target pitch consistently in your vibratos.


What’s the speed of your vibratos?

When you’ve practised vibratos for a while, you may start to prefer either a slower vibrato, or a faster one. You want to make sure whatever vibrato you do, fits in with the music that you are playing. And for it to have the right rhythmic structure and consistent speed.


Again, practising slow to start off with will help you a lot. Use a metronome to keep time and try playing your vibratos at different time signatures.

When you speed up from practising it slow thousands of times. Then you can get it right without thinking about it.


Your Vibratos don’t last

Ensure when you play your vibratos that you apply consistent pressure and make sure you pick hard enough so that it doesn’t die off.


When are you starting and ending your vibratos?

If you start your vibratos and end them at the wrong point of the music. It may not sound as well as if it was in time with the music. You want to make sure your vibrato fits in the music and also the speed of the vibrato is appropriate for the music as well.


On top of this, make sure you use vibratos appropriately. If you put in tonnes of vibratos then it reduces the impact when you do want to create a more dramatic moment.


To think about when to put in vibratos and how you want them to sound in the song by either singing out loud how you want your solo to sound. Or you could do this in your head. Practise getting your vibratos accented at the right place and getting your vibratos to sound like what it does in your head.


Vibratos don’t come naturally to you yet

It takes a good few months of consistent slow practise to get vibratos to sound amazing. Once vibratos feel more natural, you can start to create your own distinct sound as well. Keep trying variations of how far you bend the tunes too, frequencies. Experimenting with the sound. Keep every movement you do intentional by practising them slowly first.

If you need more help, find a good guitar teacher to help you further. Interview them to make sure they have the right systems to help you further.


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