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Offline Indigo

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BL-405 • Blues Vibrato
« on: March 04, 2016, 03:20:18 pm »
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Re: BL-405 • Blues Vibrato
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2016, 03:37:11 pm »
Peter Green (Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac) was recognized for his unique vibrato.  What techniques did he use ? 

In videos, he seems to use 1) aggressive but short duration vibrato on tone and tone-and-a-half bends; 2) long duration vibrato on fretted notes in a BB King style (free hand sliding of the sting perpendicular to the string) and 3) subtle long duration vibrato in a classical nylon string style (wiggling parallel to the string - his bassman also uses this on almost every note).  Did he use other techniques too ? 

For type 1 (bend vibrato), how can this be done this without sounding like Justin's seagulls (out of pitch excursions)?  is it a matter of strength ?
For type 2, what is the secret to get his long sustain, a Peter Green signature ?  is the profile of the fret significant ?
For type 3, what is the technique? does the finger roll up and down around the edge of the fret changing the contact point slight or is the string being stretched like on a nylon string?  is it an increase-decrease of finger pressure on the fret ?

Are vibrato techniques used by bass players useful on the thicker wound strings of a guitar ? Why or why not?

Lastly, are the tones with particular amp and guitar settings that are used accentuate vibrato ?

Thanks in advance, and also for the terrific "Need Your Love So Bad" solo lesson !
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Re: BL-405 • Blues Vibrato
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2016, 06:28:01 pm »
Hi guys, I wonder if you can help?  Probably an easy question to answer if you can understand what I'm trying to say. 

In a couple of the blues licks which Justin teaches on this course, and also in a few song lessons on the website, applying vibrato while string bending has been mentioned.

When adding vibrato to an already bended note does the vibrato take the bend further? 
e.g a tone tend ... with vibrato ... moves up and down between 1.5 and 1 tone bend.


Does the vibrato lessen the bend, are you going back towards the unbent note?
e.g. a tone bend ... with vibrato ... moves between a tone and half a tone.

Which way round should I do it??


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Re: BL-405 • Blues Vibrato
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2016, 07:27:30 pm »
Vibrato on a bent note would go above and below the pitch to which you were bending in equal measures.

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Re: BL-405 • Blues Vibrato
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2016, 05:58:20 pm »
Thank you very much!


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