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carminemarotta
post May 13 2012, 09:55 AM
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Goodmorning to all of you.

I have a problem doing bends or vibrato on the high E string (I use 0.09).

Did you experience the same when you were learning? Do you have any suggestion for me?

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post May 13 2012, 10:27 AM
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QUOTE (carminemarotta @ May 13 2012, 08:55 AM) *
Goodmorning to all of you.

I have a problem doing bends or vibrato on the high E string (I use 0.09).

Did you experience the same when you were learning? Do you have any suggestion for me?

Thanks
Carmine


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post May 13 2012, 03:13 PM
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I have problems with bends on the first string too, the problem is that there's not enough sustain so the notes "die" too quickly. Don't know how to fix it though :/


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post May 13 2012, 05:00 PM
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Try Classical vibrato on these strings. Ben has a lot of vibrato lessons that could help. smile.gif If you want normal vibrato, practice should make it perfect. smile.gif


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post May 13 2012, 08:10 PM
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Hi Carmine, what do you mean when you say difficulty. Do you find it difficult to physically perform or difficult to get the right pitch ?

When it comes to vibrato, you can only do 2 things.. either classical (side to side) vibrato or vibrato where you push the string up, like a loads of mini bends strung together smile.gif


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post May 13 2012, 08:17 PM
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Thanks to all for the answer.

@ Ben: well, shamefully, both!

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post May 13 2012, 08:30 PM
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I've recently put a lot of effort into this, because of EMULATOR. As Ben already mentioned, you can do the "side-to"side" which I didn't know existed until 2 weeks ago (thanks Ben!!)! Also, you can try to bend "up" towards the low E string. Other than that, I try to now pay special attention to exactly WHERE my finger is placed between the frets when I need to a rockin sustained note on the high E on higher frets. Sometimes, I was unknowingly cutting off the resonance by not having my finger placed precisely between the frets. Also, I pick hard and solid. Between the 3...
-side to side vibrato
-PRECISE fretting (don't cut/dampen your sustain with your finger meat! tongue.gif )
-and if you have the first 2, pick solid like a boss!!


and BAM!! You've got more sustain on a high E string note!! It's been working for me lately, anyway!


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I have problems with bends on the first string too, the problem is that there's not enough sustain so the notes "die" too quickly. Don't know how to fix it though :/



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post May 14 2012, 08:54 AM
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Hmmmm...... ok, well the boring answer is it will just require more practise !! smile.gif

Also, I imagine that you're spending time slowing the notes down and concentrating on good technique.. so the note may also die out because you're taking it slower and the 'juice' runs out ?

Nihilist referred to the fact about string bending hurting the finger tips. Do you get painful finger tips from bending on the high E ? If so, it is just a case of needing more of it to get used to it.. so just more practise smile.gif No special formula smile.gif


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post May 14 2012, 11:00 AM
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reminds me of my early days..i even knocked off the E string off the fretboard sometimes.
it really takes practice like all things...and not loosing(losing ?? huh.gif ) your grip on the string when bending and vibrating...firm fretting!

On my ibanez there was not a lot of sustain..now on the PRS it's heavenly to keep hearing those high bends soaring into the atmosphere..

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post May 14 2012, 11:45 AM
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Indeed Carmine, more practice will get you there - I went through this with the .11 high E...what a PAIN laugh.gif


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post May 15 2012, 12:11 AM
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yep - high E is a pain - mostly because you can only bend up into the B'string which will easily ring-out too so you have to be creative about how to silence that bugger! smile.gif Practice makes perfect - just gotta bend it more than you'd like to until it feels natural.


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post May 19 2012, 02:46 AM
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First up, I"d suggest making a short vid on youtube so we can see what going on? I'm sure the GMC crowd can help!



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