How To Effectively Incorporate Your Vibrato Into Your Playing
After you have been practising your vibratos, you may still be struggling incorporate your vibratos into your playing.
Whether you want to use it for a solo or in a song that you are working on. It’s just not sounding quite like how you want.
Here are a few ways you can practise your vibratos so that you can really improve your confidence when playing them.
Checking the pitch of your vibrato
When you want to insert a vibrato into a solo or a song. Try bending to the pitch that you want first and checking that sounds great. Because doing a vibrato for it. Making sure the vibrato is in key with the song.
Practise putting different phrasing elements before and after your vibrato when you practise
When you practise your vibratos, do it slowly. And link it with other phrasing elements. For example, a legato before your vibrato, or a vibrato then a slide.
Having the ability smoothly transition from different phrasing elements into your vibrato will help you use the vibrato independently more easily.
Practise doing vibratos with independent fingers
How easily can you do the same vibratos with different fingers? You want to be able to confidently do a first finger vibrato. Practise building up your strength in your other fingers as well.
Doing chord vibratos
Once you have built up strength in each of your fingers, it should get easier for you to practise your chord vibratos. Getting each note to consistently ring out.
Getting lots of practise doing these much more challenging vibratos, means that when you do play a normal vibrato, your fingers are going to find it easier and be stronger while doing it.
Practise when to play your vibratos
Record the solos that you do, and try placing your vibratos at different places. And listen back to see how it makes you feel. The more experience you get at listening at your own playing, the more feedback you get. The easier it will be to improve your playing.
You may realise that less is more. And sometimes it’s better to play less vibratos but do them expressively. And placing them at certain places will provide more emotion. You can also think about what other phrasing elements you may use with around it to improve the smoothness and the sound of that lick or phrase.
Listen to other people’s playing
I’ve been listening to a lot of Nick Johnston recently. Find whoever you connect with for your guitar playing. And listen to their vibratos and try to copy it. Make sure you are plugged in. You can even record it and compare them side by side.
After lots of practising and experimenting, you will be able to create your own distinct sound both for guitar playing and for vibratos too.
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