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HOW TO PLAY GUITAR TECHNIQUES: VIBRATO AND BENDING

GUITAR TECHNIQUES VIBRATO

HOW TO PLAY GUITAR TECHNIQUES: VIBRATO AND BENDING

HOW TO PLAY GUITAR TECHNIQUES: VIBRATO AND BENDING

Have you at any time taken it as your duty to practice your playing guitar scales as guitar teachers have taught or as you have learnt from books then wondered what it real needs to turn the playing to real music? There are two very great techniques which are bending and vibrato which will bring the playing of your guitar live. All the guitarists you hear of those who have made it to greatness use this two techniques to make it. But then how do these two techniques work?

Vibrato technique


Vibrato can be defined as a guitar playing technique which involves moving rapidly a note up then down in the adjacent strings direction. Vibrato is a very crucial way of sustaining picked notes. In addition, vibrato gives much expression to the guitar playing. Vibrato usually features on notes which are long or a note which is at a phrase’s end. To obtain vibrato, you move the wrist far from its neck and back to the same neck just like the way you turn a doorknob. Vibrato uses wavy line as its symbol. Give it a try and you will enjoy.
While playing the vibrato technique, there are some three crucial things to keep in mind. These points are:

l Emulate

As you play vibrato try to copy what your favorite vibrato player does. Try as hard to ensure your guitar produces the same sound their guitar does. It may consume much time but try it. Afterwards copy another person’s vibrato. During this period of copying you will note some types will flow naturally and others will bypass you. Through copying you get to know your voice. To achieve this effectively try learning a particular lick then make it sound just like it sound in the record.

l Experiment

After acquiring the playing basic techniques beneath your fingers, begin experimenting on them as much as you can then at the same time invent new ways of doing the things you know. Try blending vibrato different styles and techniques. Through such exploring you will get to learn much.

GUITAR TECHNIQUES Bending

l Ease
Any time you are doing vibrato the feeling should be natural and easy. If at any time the feeling is not such then something is not right and it should be fixed. Get to know by yourself the issue and fix it but if you can’t trace it seek advice.

Bending notes technique

Bending notes forms part of the lead guitar classic sounds. Famous guitar players like Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, Joe Satriani, Gay Moore, Ray Vaughan, Albert King, Buddy Guy and B.B King among others use this bending note technique. Bending aids in adding intensity and emotion to your music while giving your guitar playing a quality more of vocal-like. To achieve a bend you fret a note then you push the string side to side across the guitar’s fretboard to the direction of the strings on the adjacent. However, you should ensure that when using bending notes you use a finger to support the finger which is making the bends. This helps in giving you more control and strength to play. In addition, while bending notes it’s good to have your left thumb up over the guitar’s neck edge to aid in pushing back against the fingers’ pressure. Bending notes uses curved arrow as symbol in the company of symbol “B”.

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