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    Hi all -

    For years I neglected practicing vibrato and I think it really held me back. Some methods are better suited for jazz than others but I thought I'd share the 5 types I'm commonly using. I'm especially a fan of classical style vibrato - similar to how Julian Lage is playing recently.



    Am I missing any? I'd love to hear about different techniques you guys are using - they all have such different sounds.
    Guitarist/Violinist
    Reading, PA
    http://www.youtube.com/user/SixStringSolid

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    Because, having a great vibrato will make you sound more confident on stage, and...it's going to impress people. Yes!

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    I don't anchor my thumb over the neck or let my fingers rest on the opposite edge; everything I play is with the thumb behind the neck and all four fingers arched over the finger board... I use all those vibrato methods except bending the neck, 'cause that's just whack.

    An additional rare method of vibrato, for example an F, both up and down... is to simply bend Eb or E to F in advance of playing it. This may seem a little disorienting compared to an ordinary push or pull bend vibrato at F itself.

    I think use of vibrato really needs to be like other techniques - used as needed but no more, especially in jazz, a subtle thing that reflects a deliberate musical judgement based on style, history, authenticity, and message.
    "Bent my ear to hear the tune and closed my eyes to see."

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    Thanks for your thoughts Paul! What you mention is similar to the first method that I spoke about. When I'm going for a very wide vibrato, I like to bend up to the note just like you said. Then you can go below and above the note.

    I agree with everything you've said!
    Guitarist/Violinist
    Reading, PA
    http://www.youtube.com/user/SixStringSolid