#1
What is a vibrato?

You know the little "~" thingy.

What is it? And what is its purpose?
#2
It's where you bend the string back and forth quickly to give the note a warbly sound.
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#3
Shake your wrist in a rocking motion parallel to the neck while keeping your finger pushing the string and your thumb behind the neck. It gives a "wobbly" sound i guess, its not really a good word but i guess the sound just vibrates more, changes pitches slightly back and forth. Anyway, its just used to make a different tone/style.

EDIT: (For upright)
#4
bend the string up and down really fast. if you do it right, it should give it a sound similar to what a whammy bar would do. that's the best thing i can compare the sound to.
#5
Its an interesting effect, mainly used by fretless and Upright players.

Wiggle your finger as fast as you can inside the fret.
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#7
also slapping the string when doing it sounds real cool too. more like a whammy bar than without slapping it.
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#8
vibrato's done pretty much by wiggling the strings.

its used to make a note ring out longer, especialy on fretless basses and slide guitar, since notes dont ring out very well played on those instruments. it also makes a run sound alot more professional and lively.

its also a good way to see how experienced someone is, during a solo a good player will vibrato the last note of pretty much every run.
#10
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vibrato's done pretty much by wiggling the strings.

its used to make a note ring out longer,


No, it's not.

Vibrato is a small variation in pitch. Nothing more, nothing less. How you use it artistically is up to you. Tremelo is a small variation in amplitude (or volume for those less educated in sound theory), and Wah is a variation in frequency.

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#11
Thank you for the quick advice.



Is that how to do it? ^^^^^


For the next few months I'm teaching myself how to play since all the bass teachers in my small community are overloaded with students.

So, I haven't really read my "learn how to play bass" book, only because they use actual notes
not tab.. So it's really confusing.
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#13
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Thank you for the quick advice.



Is that how to do it? ^^^^^


For the next few months I'm teaching myself how to play since all the bass teachers in my small community are overloaded with students.

So, I haven't really read my "learn how to play bass" book, only because they use actual notes
not tab.. So it's really confusing.


yes, that is the gyst of it. If you hadn't noticed, in that situation the guitarist is just doing really light, quick bends over and over - which is in essence what vibrato is.


Yeah, starting out completly with notation could be a problem; but in the long run you're probably better off starting there then picking it up later.
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