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Old 04-23-2012, 10:19 PM   #1
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Vibrato ACROSS the strings

Many decades ago, for some reason, I picked up the habit of playing vibrato by moving the string back and forth ACROSS the fretboard, instead of lengthwise BB King-style. I find it infinitely better to do it that way, besides being used to it. It's much easier to control the precise speed and amplitude of the vibrato, for example, especially considering differences among the six strings. It's as easy to produce that "twwweeeee~~~" vibrato as it is to produce a very slow whammy-bar-type sound, because you can see, hear and feel exactly what you're doing to the string.

I guess in summary I could say, "it works for me." Any comments?
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:23 PM   #2
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I'm confused, OP. Vibrato doesn't work lengthwise on fretted instruments....
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:35 PM   #3
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Unless I'm misunderstanding what your saying, that's how everyone plays vibrato on guitar. Since the string is resting on a fret it is not getting any shorter if you play vibrato as you would on a violin or cello. So, the only way to raise the pitch of a string is by bending it.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:36 PM   #4
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I'm confused, OP. Vibrato doesn't work lengthwise on fretted instruments....


Actually it does. It's a very subtle vibrato but it very definitely works, classical guitarists use it all the time.

TS: That kind of vibrato is what most electric guitarists do. Go you

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Unless I'm misunderstanding what your saying, that's how everyone plays vibrato on guitar. Since the string is resting on a fret it is not getting any shorter if you play vibrato as you would on a violin or cello. So, the only way to raise the pitch of a string is by bending it.


Actually wrong, by doing the sideways motion you alter the amount of tension on the string, thus altering the pitch. Same process as changing the tuning.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:46 PM   #5
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I'm confused, OP. Vibrato doesn't work lengthwise on fretted instruments....


Yes it does. Classical guitarists use it often.
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:18 AM   #6
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Actually it does. It's a very subtle vibrato but it very definitely works, classical guitarists use it all the time.

TS: That kind of vibrato is what most electric guitarists do. Go you



Actually wrong, by doing the sideways motion you alter the amount of tension on the string, thus altering the pitch. Same process as changing the tuning.


I've done vibrato by simply altering my tension, but I guess I just never thought to do it with a sidewise motion like you would on traditional fretless instruments. My bad.
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:50 AM   #7
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You're fine. Ideally, you should learn any and all methods of vibrato that you can, since it gives you more options. Me, I like to use classical vibrato on my upper strings, a wider, bluesier vibrato on my lower strings, and on the middle three, I like to use a combination of the two. That said, I can do all three types on any string on the guitar; I'm just eccentric and like the sound.
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:05 AM   #8
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So you vibrato exactly the same way as everyone else

Unfortunately this has zero legs as far as discussion goes
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