Classical Guitar Vibrato Technique

Posted on March 9, 2011


Vibrato is an expressive technique which emulates the sound of the human voice. There are many ways to create vibrato on the guitar. We will call the most popular approach “vertical vibrato” because it involves modulating the pitch of the note you are playing by shaking the string vertically towards the floor and/or the ceiling. This vertical vibrato is what you hear when you listen to players such as BB King or Eric Clapton and is the dominant approach taken by most rock and blues guitarists. Watch the accompanying video for a demonstration of this technique.

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