Welcome to video #7 on the Lead Guitar Quick-Start
Series. In this lesson I’m going to teach you another technique that you can use to
kick yourself expression up even another notch with your lead guitar and that is vibrato.
Vibrato is one of those techniques that is going to really help you develop your own
sound as a guitarist. I mean just think of B.B. King. If you hear one off from B. B.
King with his vibrato on it, you can tell immediately that is B. B. King. Just like
a singer has their own natural vibrato with their voice, you as a guitar player kind of
need to develop your own sound for your vibrato and I think one of the best ways to do this
is to listen to some of your favorite players and see how they use vibrato. Take the best
things from your favorite players and kind of make those your own and work on developing
your own unique voice. I know my favorite two guitar players for vibrato are Eric Johnson
and Ty Tabor. There are several different schools of thought
when it comes to vibrato technique. So I’m just going to show you the two that have worked
best for me over the years. So to do that, let’s go here to the sixth fret of the B string
with your pinky. Basically the first way is just like bending the guitar string up slightly
over and over again. And when I’m doing that, just like I thought you in bending,
I have a little pivot between my thumb and my wrist, right? And that’s good and
fine. If you like doing it that way, do it that way. The other way, the second way that
I wanted to show you I learned from Eric Johnson actually. He kind of releases his thumb from
the back of the neck and uses his whole arm to push up on the string. My whole arm is
moving lie that, and I use both. It depends what kind of feel or how extreme I want my
vibrato to be, but those are two ways that you can kind of experiment way and work on
to develop your own vibrato. Vibrato is a very expressive technique on
the guitar and there are two elements of vibrato that you can kind of develop to convey different
moods or just different feelings on a guitar. The first one is the speed of your vibrato.
You can make your vibrator fast or slow, depending on what kind of emotion you want to evoke,
right? So slow vibrato or fast. It just depends what you want to convey that moment. The second
element that I want to give you that can really help you develop your own voice on vibrato
is the width of your vibrato. It could be very narrow, very subtle or it can be very
wide too. It depends what you want your sound to be like at that particular moment too.
A little bit more narrow and a little bit wider. Those are two things that you’re
going to want to play with to your vibrato to develop your own voice.
Vibrato is a very personal technique. There’s no right or wrong. You just going to have
to experiment with it for yourself, find out what works for you and find out what you like
in your playing. So pull up any of the jam tracks and experiment with just putting some vibrato
on the notes. I’m going to pull up the minor jam track right now and just give you an example. In the next lesson we’re going to go over the final technique of the Lead Guitar Quick-Start
Series and that is legato, and that’s made up of hammer-ons and pull-offs. If you have
any questions about vibrato, leave them in the comments below and I’ll get back to
you. Otherwise you can email me [email protected] too, and I’ll see you in the next lesson.