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Beginner Vibrato Workout, Lesson By Darius Wave
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IceThrone
Jul 18 2020, 03:29 AM
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Original lesson: Beginner Vibrato Workout by Darius Wave

Vibrato has always been something I overlooked as it didn't deem at important. But I got your comments and I working on it. I specifically picked the guitar with the thickest strings in order to practice on. Would also love to hear from Darius Wave on how I can improve my technique.

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Kristofer Dahl
Jul 18 2020, 01:26 PM
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Well done adapting your practice to the feedback you get - this is the most efficient way to make progress. I'd be very surprised if you don't notice a major improvement in your tone, if you keep this up.

Practicing vibrato is all about attributing weight to the details: How your phrase the vibrato, how to generate the oscillating movement, what pitch you are reaching with your bends etc.

This is also where you need to put more work in.

Since you are fairly new to this - you cannot afford to not replicate Darius exact hand/finger placement - for example you will notice he uses leverage against the guitar neck edge when using the index finger. This is crucial for a controlled and consistent index finger vibrato. Watch how Darius does it!

I think you are doing a decent job throughout here, but notice that the last two types of vibrato are especially demanding. With correct finger movement (as explained above) and more practice, you should be able to build vibrato with gradually increasing intensity (this is what Darius' calls "variable speed, wide vibrato" in the lesson). This is my preferred vibrato and the most useful one in modern soloing.

Keep up the hard work, you get a 7 from me.

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Gabriel Leopardi
Jul 18 2020, 07:05 PM
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Hi mate!

This lesson is a great choice for you! I think that you are on the right track with this technique and lesson, but there is obviously more work to do here in order to master each vibrato type. At this point, I notice that you need more practice to make your fingers more familiar with the different movements. After that, you'll start to have more control and your technique will me much more consistent.

Some tips:

- Always focus the movement from your wrist, avoid starting the movement from your fingers.
- Once you feel more comfortable with the movement, try to make the vibration go with the backing track's tempo/groove.
- I notice that you tend to change your left hand position very often, like searching for the most comfortable one. You should try to keep your fingers and hand closer to the fret board, try to economize movements.

Ok mate, this is promising, keep on the hard work!!

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Darius Wave
Jul 23 2020, 09:19 AM
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Hey there!

Great to see you going for some reasonable, solid reset of some essentiall skills. It will definitely add some "pro-flavor" to your future playing smile.gif

Let's say a few things about what's happening

That's a side notice, but you need to be carefull with you right hand - make sure you did your best to cover unwanted strings, and you don't move (scratching or interrupting vibrated note sustain)

First type of vibrato is just fine. It is generally all about some consistency and ability to dig it in with the pulse of the song. It can speed up, have constant speed. It can be shallwo medium or wide but it has always to cross the pitch zero/fully released tension spot. Typical issue is overdoing the vibrato with way too high values of speed and depth and with totally unrelated "groove" to the backing track.

Second type of vibrato needs some fix. Still you made it to sound much more controlled and smooth than some of your takes but:
1. Pulling the string instead of pushing usually gives better pitch control. You just have to release the tension so the string will pull itself back to it's default tension, makign the pitch reset. When you bend the string still wants to go back to reset but you are blockign it with the finger that made the bend (if you don't make it on time). It refers to 2-6 strings. On 1st string we have no other option than pushing.

2. That rotation comes from the wrist - typical, classical left hand layout doesn't work anymore. You need to rest your left index finger on teh side of the fretboard - it's bottom is a rest point for you hand to swing You can notice this comparing your video and mine. See where my thumb is and notice also how much angled my whole left hand is. You"squeeze" you left index finger but it's note the finger but the wrist/hand rotation that should make the whole vibration

3. This vibrato is shallow and fast (you shoudl boost it's speed a little. You need to fix this so the would be a clear difference between this and next vibrato type(wider and slower one)


Final vibrato part is also incorrect partially. You play a straight note and apply vibrato - that is correct. You should also apply consistent speed and depth increasment - which is not happening in your take.


This is a good startting point but the devil hides in the details so now, once you got the basics, the real work begins smile.gif


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