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Ben's Vibrato Odyssey 3

by Ben Higgins

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  • Hi GMC'ers !

    Welcome to the 3rd part of my Vibrato Odyssey ! This time the focus is on adding vibrato to bends.

    Keeping with the theme of complete control, I'd like you to explore bending a string but waiting before you add any vibrato. Many of us develop an automatic way of playing vibrato which ends up being the same every time we play a note. In order to avoid falling into this trap.. make a conscious choice when to add any expression.. and how much. You may decide not to add any vibrato at all. It's all your choice..... and by holding a note and waiting, this gives you the freedom of choice back. It also gives your playing a 'maturity', like a master in control.. rather than than the young novice racing for the finish line :-)

    If you followed parts 1 & 2 of this series then the vibrato shouldn't present too much of a problem. In the string bending I introduce a few bends similar in style to Dave Gilmour and Marty Friedman, which involve bending up to a note.. and then bending up further. Watch your accuracy here... you won't want out of tune bends the next time you're playing a super rock ballad on top of a mountain !!! ;-)

    So, explore this concept and enjoy the new found freedom it gives you. I hope you enjoy this lesson and I will see you next time !

    Remember, the only opponent is within !

    Ben

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