#1
For me, it does. That's what separates a good guitarists from a great guitarist. What's your opinion?
#2
i believe it isn't necessary, but good vibrato can add worlds of character to playing and should be learned.
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#3
I can't listen to a player who's vibrato i don't like, Jimmy Page for instance.

I believe it is a necessity. My favourite vibrato would be Malmsteens.
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#4
Bad, poorly utilized and uneven vibrato completely destroys a guitarist.

I cant imagine why anybody wouldn't learn to use it properly, as it's honestly the cornerstone to amazing playing as far as I'm concerned.
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#5
griffRG7321 is spot on with Yngwie... Especially with that scallopped fretboard.
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#6
Vibrato is only one of the techniques used for expression. If a guitarist has some good vibrato. But he can't do any other techniques of expression well, then the guitarist still isn't very good.
#7

I believe it is a necessity. QUOTE]

This.

For me, vibrato & bending is a technique unique to stringed instruments (asaik) and to not utilize this is to not use the full potential of a guitar.
#8
Quote by mater99
For me, it does. That's what separates a good guitarists from a great guitarist. What's your opinion?



While I do appreciate a nice vibrato, I certainly wouldn't hold it above all else as the ultimate gauge of a guitarists worth.

Quote by griffRG7321
I can't listen to a player who's vibrato i don't like, Jimmy Page for instance.

I believe it is a necessity. My favourite vibrato would be Malmsteens.


I love Jimmy Pages vibrato. I like Malmsteens as well.

I like that both of those guys sound different..... they are both genuine artists and IMO THAT is what makes them great.
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#10
I definitely think vibrato is important. People forget that guitar can be played just like a brass or string instrument. I'm a music major, and I have to be able to play cleanly and expressively on guitar just as much as I have to on piano or trombone.
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#11
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Listening to a good vibrato can be orgasmic.

See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fk2prKnYnI



@ 5:51 ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgHSk91RhL8

some very sweet vibrato IMO.

that said, I still wouldn't hold vibrato above all else as the ultimate gauge of a guitarists worth. That would be an ignorant point of view.
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#12
I wouldn't say that vibrato makes or breaks a guitarist, and it definitely is not a necessity. In some genres it is (eg. rock, metal, blues). But, just listen to some jazz. There are tons of guitarists who don't use vibrato or even bend a string; and you're not gonna tell me that they aren't great guitarists.
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#13
Likewise bluegrass, a great deal of folk/country playing... etc.

You can't isolate a single technique like that.

I'm a slide player, and a shimmering vibrato with the slide is a necessity in that style.
#16
Malmsteen has an awesome vibrato... Steve Morse has a terrible one... Who's career died? Neither...
#17
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For me, vibrato & bending is a technique unique to stringed instruments (asaik) and to not utilize this is to not use the full potential of a guitar.


not at all. wind and brass instruments (and vocals, naturally) can produce vibrato. pretty much the only thing that can't is percussion.
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#18
Vibrato IS necessary. The truth is, anything other than JUST pressing the note is crucial.
You cannot convey feeling unless you PUT feeling into it.

Vibrato provides that in any case, not just blues or other jazz.
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Vibrato IS necessary. The truth is, anything other than JUST pressing the note is crucial.
You cannot convey feeling unless you PUT feeling into it.

Vibrato provides that in any case, not just blues or other jazz.


And who said vibrato = feeling?
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#20
it depends on the style of music and the guitarist's own personal style. It's an important technique to learn, but not any more important than other techniques such as picking styles, legato, etc.

also, vibrato =/= feeling or emotion. It can help in achieving it, but not any more than anything else, and considerably less than the actual composition.
#21
Well... vibrato is personal... yet it can be feel... and it can definitely add feel... so in essence it is feeling
#22
Out of all the techniques i'd say vibrato is one of the most important. More important than doing lightning fast legato or picking/sweeping/tapping.