Today we’re going to talk about how to add vibrato to your string bending.
By the way if you missed my video and how to bend strings: CLICK HERE.
Vibrato is a where you hold a pitch and oscillate or pulse around the pitch, typically going a little sharp and a little flat to create a pleasant, pulsing sound.
The two variables in vibrato are:
1. Width (from wide to narrow)
2. Speed (from slow to fast)
Different players combine these in different ways – vibrato has been called a guitar player’s finger print, in the sense that everyone does it a little differently.
To add vibrato to your string bends, I recommend the following three steps:
1. Bend to pitch and hold with no vibrato
2. Bend to pitch and add vibrato. The motion comes from the wrist rather than the fingers.
3. Bend to pitch, hold, and then add vibrato.
These three approaches will really help add control to your vibrato. Particularly the 3rd option, where you hold the note straight and then add the effect.
Experiment with the width and speed of your vibrato and copy your favourite players’ vibratos.