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← Whole Arm Vibrato (Technique Guitar Lesson TE-110)

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  1. How you'all doing, Justin here.
  2. In this lesson today we're checking
    out whole arm vibrato.
  3. Now I'm going to be honest.
  4. This is a type of vibrato that I ignored
    for probably fifteen years or more.
  5. It was something that just didn't ever
    feel right to me when I tried to play it.
  6. I think the reason it didn't feel right
    was cause I hadn't practiced it enough.
  7. i had always done the traditional vibrato
    which is where you put a finger down to
  8. use as a pivot point on the side of your
    hand like you were doing string bending.
  9. And that's kind of the most common
    way of doing vibrato.
  10. But I was seeing Eric Johnson and Eric
    Clapton doing this other vibrato and
  11. it sounded different.
  12. And I guess there must have been value in
    it if those guys were doing it that way
  13. so I set about learning to do it. I did
    it by a lot of watching, really, to be
  14. honest, and experimenting myself. I got
    some great advice from my buddy
  15. Dario Cortese, which is watching videos of
    the guys that you like doing the technique
  16. you want to learn, with the sound off
  17. Because when the sound is on, our ears
    are really overtaking things a little bit
  18. You concentrate on that a bit more.
  19. But when you turn the sound off, you can
    get a good look at what they're doing.
  20. That was really interesting for me to see.
    And it really is a whole arm vibrato.
  21. The idea really is that with a traditional
    vibrato, you're gripping the neck
  22. quite solidly and you're using a pivot
    point at the bottom of the neck, but
  23. with this sort of vibrato, if we start off
    I'm putting my first finger in the eighth
  24. fret of the second string.
  25. When you play that note, you're actually
    pushing and pulling with your whole arm.
  26. If I just turn sort of sideways so that
    you can see this part of my arm here
  27. That's the motion. And what I found was
    that keeping your hands, not tense, not
  28. angry tense, but locked into the same
    position so the fingers around the note
  29. Also for some reason, poking the thumb up
    the back of the guitar neck is something
  30. all of the greats do and it does seem to
    make it easier. I don't know why.
  31. In theory it shouldn't matter really if
    you hang everything off, but when it's
  32. in a line a bit, the thumb's up the top
    and the fingers are hanging down
  33. it seems to make it a little easier. And
    it's definitely a nice vibrato, this type.
  34. This one doesn't sound as natural to me
    now that I've been practicing this one.
  35. It seems to sing a little more,
    or something.
  36. And you also get this sort of,
    I'm not sure if it'll do it now.
  37. There is this sort of scratchy thing
    that happens, like that.
  38. So you can get this other type of
    scratchy thing that I don't really
  39. understand either, to be completely
    honest, but I just wanted to explain
  40. to you this idea. First finger, eighth
    fret, second string, making sure that
  41. you get your thumb poking out
    the top of the guitar
  42. The motion is very much up and down.
    If you'd try and do it side to side,
  43. like that, it doesn't really do as much.
  44. There is a very mild vibrato there, but it
    is not the type of vibrato that you want
  45. if you are trying to copy the
    Eric Clapton style.
  46. The first finger is quite locked. It is
    solidly in place.
  47. Your hand is a little bit tense, not angry
    tense, but holding its shape.
  48. And then just start by pulling up and down
    slowly with your arm.
  49. Really slowly pushing down and then
    pushing up.
  50. It almost feels like it's kind of bouncey
  51. Just don't worry about the speed, just
    trying to get it kind of flowing and even.
  52. I do find that mine still sometimes
    kind of goes from slow to fast
  53. Particularly if I think about it too much.
    It's really a great one to practice.
  54. First finger is definitely easiest, so. I
    recommend that you get that one down
  55. first and when you're cool, you can have
    a go using the other fingers as well.
  56. It does work. It just doesn't feel quite
    as comfortable for me.
  57. And I do notice most of the guys who
    are doing it are using the first finger
  58. most of the time. Not all of the time, but
    most of the time.
  59. So just starting real slow. Remember
    it's the arm. That's the position of it.
  60. Your whole arm is pushing down.
    Try it on different parts of the guitar.
  61. Because it feels different. Like here,
    I end up doing little circles when I'm
  62. more down this end, I think because my
    hand is further away from my body
  63. It's a little bit more awkward to pull
    straight down. It's possible, but if feels
  64. a lot more awkward than here where the
    whole weight of my arm is like doing a
  65. bicep curl. It's a lot easier to get it
    nice that way.
  66. It feels again different up at the top and
    there is another interesting thing that
  67. happens as well, which is on
    the thinnest string.
  68. If you just do it regular on the thinnest
    string, it just pulls the string off the
  69. end. So when you do it on the thinnest
    string, you have to be thinking of
  70. pushing it up a little bit more.
  71. It's a great vibrato. It's got that
    Freddie King thing that seems to work
  72. for that style of older blues as well.
  73. It's a really interesting vibrato.
    It takes a bit of practice.
  74. The other thing you want to be aware of is
    string noise. I'm doing some stuff here
  75. with my pick hand, which I should
    explain. When I'm doing it on the second
  76. string, this hand, my third finger
    is grabbing the thinnest string.
  77. It's just touching the thinner string.
    And my pick is resting on the third string
  78. Cuz if I take that hand away, you get all
    of these other notes ringing out.
  79. The strings on either side because they're
    getting touched by the motion of your hand
  80. You get all of that stuff. So you want ...
    nice clean notes. I'm just using the pick
  81. on the third string and either my second
    or third finger on the thinnest string
  82. To keep everything nice and quiet.
  83. On the thinnest string, I'm using my pick
    and the edge of my thumb is resting on
  84. all of the strings, really making sure
    that those other strings stay quiet.
  85. Kind of an important part of this type of
    vibrato. It is important in the other
  86. traditional style of vibrato as well but
    it's not as obviously bad.
  87. So, I hope you have a bit of fun with the
    whole arm vibrato. I love it.
  88. I think it's great and I wish that I had
    started practicing it 15 years ago instead
  89. of a couple of years ago.
  90. Have fun. Take care. I'll see you for
    another lesson very soon. Bye bye.