Improving your Vibrato
One of the fastest things that you can do to improve your guitar solos, is to improve your vibrato. A really great guitarist can make even just one note sound beautiful.
The fastest ways that I have found to improve a student’s vibrato is:
Practice playing just one note using vibrato to a metronome. Use about a half step bend (that would make the sound of bending one fret) and play as evenly as you can against varying tempos. Even if you do this for only 3-5 minutes, you will hear big improvements with your vibrato almost overnight. Continue to practice this way for at least 2 weeks. Begin practicing this in isolation, than practice attaching it to some of your licks or riffs.
Step 1-Play the note on the 10th fret on your 3rd string. Listen closely.
Step 2-Play the note on the 9th fret and then bend the note until it sounds just like it would if you were playing the 10th fret again. As soon as you hear that you have bent the note far enough, slowly release the bend. Repeat step 2 slowly and smoothly to a steady pulse just like you would if you were practicing to a metronome.
Practice mimicking some of your favorite singer’s vibrato. You would be amazed at what this can do for your playing. Many great players focus on trying to create a very vocal sound with their vibrato. Go straight to the source and begin copying singers immediately.
Focus on making all your notes really count but remember not to play every not with vibrato. You want certain notes to have the ability to stand out.
If you want to drastically improve you’re your solos, make sure to spend some time focusing on this great technique.
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