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Lead Guitar Lessons - Vibrato

Vibrato is an essential technique used in playing lead guitar. To use vibrato the string is vibrated by bending and releasing the string rapidly with your fret hand. I talk more about bends and bending on my free Guitar for Beginners page. Vibrato is really easy to do but each player has their own style. Figure 1 and 2 show you the difference between a note played regularly and a note played using vibrato. Try all 4 lessons and learn to play guitar vibrato.

 

 

Vibrato Single Note - Lead Guitar Lessons Vibrato Double Note - Lead Guitar Lessons
Figure 1 - Vibrato Single Note   Figure 2 - Vibrato Double Note  

 

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This vibrato riff uses the E Pentatonic Blues Scale. Vibrato is commonly used at the end of riffs or phrases to help the note sound more full.

Vibrato Riff

Figure 3 - Vibrato Riff

 

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This time try using vibrato with a bend to the E Minor Pentatonic Scale riff. Bend the last note up a full step and then use vibrato. Check out the rest of the Lead Guitar Lessons and learn to play the guitar!

Vibrato with Bend

Figure 4 - Vibrato w/ Bend

 

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