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How to Play Vibrato in Fingerstyle Guitar

Learn how to play vibrato from guitarist Adam Smale in this online fingerstyle guitar lesson from Howcast.


I'd like to show you now, a classical vibrato. Now, some of you might already be doing a sort of a walk or a blues vibrato that's very quick. That doesn't really work so good in classical music. Everything's a little more subtle. How a classical vibrato came about, I'm assuming, is probably from the same technique that they use in violin, which is...I don't know if you can see my fingers here, but you kind of roll on the pad of your fingers like this, back and forth.

If you ever see a violinist when they're doing vibrato, their hand's up here, and their fingers are rolling. So, it's the same concept that you use. [strumming guitar] If you can hear, it's very subtle. It's not [strumming guitar] like a blues player would do.

So, what you can do is, start picking some chords. [playing guitar] It's just a very nice little subtle technique that you can work into your playing.

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