Lead Guitar Techniques for Beginners: The Vibrato

by Dirk Hagemann
www.blueslessons.net

The Vibrato is the characteristic of B.B. King sound. With a Vibrato you
can let your guitar sing. And it's quite simple:

The movement of the Vibrato comes from the wrist. Hit the string and
move your wrist smoothly up and down, so that your finger on the
string produces a warm vibrato. The faster the movement of your wrist
is, the better or longer is the sound of the Vibrato.

The secret of the B.B. King Vibrato is, that the only part of his hand
that touches the guitar, is the fingertip on the string. So he can really
shake his wrist to get his great vibrato tone!

In tabfiles you see a Vibrato written like this ~~~

So, let s practise this:

Vibrato Exercise (all licks are in the key of A)


Exercise 1                                                            
E||--------7~---------7b---|--5~--------------------|------|
B||--5--7----------x-------|-------8--5-------------|------|
G||-------------x----------|-------------7p-5-------|------|
D||------------------------|-------------------7~---|------|
A||------------------------|------------------------|------|
E||------------------------|------------------------|------|


Exercise 2                                                                              
-------------------------|--5--------8------------|--5-----5--8b-5-----10~---|
-----5h-7----10~---8p-5--|-----8--5-----10~-------|-----7-----------7--------|
--7b---------------------|------------------------|--------------------------|
-------------------------|------------------------|--------------------------|
-------------------------|------------------------|--------------------------|
-------------------------|------------------------|--------------------------|


Exercise 3                                                  
------|-----5-----8b-8b-5--------|-----5----------8--8~---|
------|--5-----7-----------5--8~-|--5-----8~---5----------|
------|--------------------------|------------------------|
------|--------------------------|------------------------|
------|--------------------------|------------------------|
------|--------------------------|------------------------|


                                                                              
--8b-5--8-----5--8b-8b-5--|--8~-----------10~------|-----5--7--7b-5--8-------|
-----------8--------------|-------5---8---------8--|--8-----------------8~---|
--------------------------|------------------------|-------------------------|
--------------------------|------------------------|-------------------------|
--------------------------|------------------------|-------------------------|
--------------------------|------------------------|-------------------------|


Exercise 4                                                  
------|----5-------------------|------------------------|
------|-------5--8--------8~---|-------------------8~---|
------|-------------5--5-------|--5h-7p-5--7~---5-------|
------|------------------------|------------------------|
------|------------------------|------------------------|
------|------------------------|------------------------|


Exercise 5                        
------------------------|------|-------8p-5-------------|
--------8~--------------|------|----5--------8p-5-------|
--9--7-------5----------|------|-------------------8~---|
----------------7--5~---|------|------------------------|
------------------------|------|------------------------|
------------------------|------|------------------------|


                                                                          
-----------------------|-------8p-5-------------|-----------------------||
-----------------------|----5--------8p-5--8~---|-----------------------||
--7b---7~---5-------5--|------------------------|--5----9~---5--7--5~---||
---------------7~------|------------------------|-----------------------||
-----------------------|------------------------|-----------------------||
-----------------------|------------------------|-----------------------||

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Hey gnw! Quite aware that this an older post, but I wanted to give many thanks for you posting this wicked tutorial. I'm definitely a beginner when it comes to playing the guitar, so seeing ANY sort of neat tutorial like this is a great motivator for me to do better. The way I see it; if I become better at my craft, I'll be able to figure out all of the cool, advanced stuff. Not sure how soon I'll be able to master this cool sounding vibrato, but I'm sure I will eventually.

Man, I can't wait to become better at the guitar. I think guitar vibratos sound SO cool. . . especially when listening to it from a subwoofer or tower speakers.

Anyway, thanks again! =)

You are most welcome Whammy - glad you liked it!

You can find all our latest guitar lessons and advice at
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Cheers,
Jason.

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