Welcome to a little mini-series addressing the all-important area of technique. Amps and fancy gear can only make you sound so good! The rest/most of it is in the hands! I’m going into detail with vibrato, bends, slides and hammer-ons/pull-offs. These four techniques are the most important, common, expressive, and unique only to stringed instruments, and they give us our soul as guitarists! I’ve done each as it’s own video to make browsing easier. Have at it.
Technique #1: Vibrato
Vibrato is the regular pulsing (shaking) of a pitch. With the exception of classical vibrato (where the note goes above and below pitch) it consists of raising the original pitch and returning it to center. Vibrato can be done with the fingers or the wrist, the wrist being a more stable, preferred method in my opinion.
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