#1
Sounds like it's a n00bish question I know but... bear with me.

I have this mate who's a pro session guitarist, he reckons it's primarily used for extending the length of the note. I would have said I use vibrato to sound like an emotional bastard on the axe and almost try to get the guitar to sound like vocals. I get the impression from what he was saying to play a note and instantly start vibrato-ing it is wrong. This guy is AMAZING on the guitar so most things he teaches me I take has gospel. He's brought my playing on a long way.

I don't think there is any right or wrong answers but would be interested in what you guys think?

I think a big part of it is what music you play as well. I would say there is less emotion in metal than there is in blues. It's a talent if you can portray true emotion in shreding. Pantera - Floods would be a good example. Cemetery Gates... another emotion filled shred fest.

Anyway, what would you say your PRIMARY use of vibrato is?
#2
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oh wait... vibrato ?

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Phrasing, tuning, note extension, expression.
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#9
I only use vibrato when there's a specific purpose to it. For instance, when I want a particular part of a phrase to sound emotional. I don't just use vibrato because I can.
#12
To make the note sound more interesting. A sustained note with no vibrato sounds pretty boring IMO.
#13
Usually to make a sustained note not sound boring
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To make the note sound more interesting. A sustained note with no vibrato sounds pretty boring IMO.



Pretty much this.
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#17
I use it to accentuate and sustain notes.
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#18
It makes long notes more interesting rather than a drone.
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#19
It sounbds better, with more feeling and I sometimes use it to produce an artificial harmonic-esque sound. I also use extreme vibrato to "ruin" the songs and bother my friends lol

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#20
Emotion in a solo and...

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To make the note sound more interesting. A sustained note with no vibrato sounds pretty boring IMO.


this, but usually only if I've got a distorted sounding. Usually whenever I'm playing through the clean channel I've got at least a little delay going so things are still a bit interesting
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Phrasing, tuning, note extension, expression.



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#23
to make notes sound amazing
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#24
To impart more of your personality to your guitar playing, I'd say. Your vibrato can be as unique as the rest of your playing.
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#27
It's for a lot of things. I must say, if you want to sound more vocal and you lay on the vibrato immediately, you might be doingitwrong.
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I would say there is less emotion in metal than there is in blues. It's a talent if you can portray true emotion in shreding.


Oh my god, that guy is slightly modulating the frequency of that sustained note! The emotion is overwhelming. I hate that people think that vibrato automatically makes your playing more "soulful." It's just another technique, what matters is how you apply it. It's a talent if you can portray true emotion in ANY style; vibrato gets used as a crutch just as much if not more than sweeping or shredding. "Oh hey, I want this to sound emotional, I'll throw in some vibrato, that'll do it."
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this, most of the time I don't realise I'm doing it, because I do it kind of subconsciously (well as subconsciously as you can play guitar).
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#32
Even though people can play well, don't take their word on everything. Think for yourself, usually people who have been around have very strong opinions on things that maybe you don't agree with.

Also, if you are trying to make the guitar sound like a voice, let the note ring out, and then start shaking the vibrato more and more as the guitar "loses breath". Anyone who's been in a choir knows that that's exactly how it goes, and the slow vibrato is pretty tough stuff.
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#33
I use it to avoid sounding like a robot. I heard myself playing on record for the very first time a few years ago, and I managed to repulse myself.
#35
Ok, side to side vibrato or up and down?

I use a lot of side to side but if I want the really wide vibrato I'll go up and down. I think each has it's place.
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