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post Dec 18 2017, 02:17 PM
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Any good practice techniques?

Phil inspired me to give the Phil Collen lesson a go and all is good apart from adding vibrato to the bent notes, I suck very badly at it!

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post Dec 18 2017, 02:38 PM
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It is very tricky mate, Gab gave me this to watch, it covers it in there wink.gif Practise makes perfect as they say, it is one of the hardest things for me to do and in that Collen lesson, I don't seem to get time to add the vibrato, I guess the more familiar with the piece we become the easier it gets adding things in like vibrato.

There's a lot more going on in that lesson than it first seems wink.gif



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post Dec 18 2017, 09:21 PM
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Don't over think it. The same mechanics used to bend and release are essentially what's used to create the vibrato. It's just a repetition of the same motion. Rotating the forearm back and forth, which is basically the same motion you would use to turn or jiggle a doorknob. Start by bending and releasing slowly while paying attention that you are reaching the correct pitch and gradually increase the speed in which you do this. As you increase the speed in which you bend and release, it ends up being a kind of shaking motion. Relax and try not to grip too hard and only as hard as you need to.

Edit: Another thing I should mention is that on the release part of the vibrato it is not necessary to release all the way back to the pitch of the fretted note but most commonly a microtone below the note you are trying to emphasize and create the vibrato on. This can vary depending on how wide you want the vibrato to sound so some experimentation is encouraged here as there are many variations that can be achieved regarding the depth and speed of the vibrato.

Perhaps the most common position to practice this is the first position of the pentatonic scale on the B string picking the second note of the scale on the B string while fretting with your ring finger and bending it up to the root and vibrate. Check out the opening lick of the song "Since I been loving you" by Zeppelin played on the C minor penta. Lovely! wub.gif
Like any technique, it's just going to take some practice and repetition. Hope this helps, and rock on!

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