Ben's Vibrato Odyssey 2

by Ben Higgins

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  • Hi everybody. Welcome to the 2nd part of my Vibrato Odyssey.

    This time, we're looking at a technique that I call 'circle' vibrato. It's quite difficult to describe with just words, but you may have noticed Steve Vai using a type of vibrato where his fingers make a circular motion on the strings... instead of the normal 'up and down' vibrato from the wrist ( the type that Paul Gilbert, Yngwie, Zakk Wylde etc are so good at.)

    In the second video, I explain how to achieve this. It may seem quite alien at first but, with practice, it will seem as natural as anything else you do on the guitar. It may not be as fast or wide as regular vibrato... but it is just as effective and adds more variety and control to your repetoire, especially in slow passages where you need to sustain notes.

    It's almost a combination of regular and classical vibrato. As with anything new, please please please start slowly and don't rush ahead. Give your brain chance to understand the movements involved and sooner or later, your hands will take over and you won't have to think about it anymore !

    Have fun with this one and don't hesitate to ask if you have any further questions.

    Take care!


    A Aeolian Mode.

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