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Improve Your Guitar Technique: Essential Vibrato Skills

Improve Your Guitar Technique: Essential Vibrato Skills

Let’s put that axe to good use!

In keeping with our ‘New Year, New You’ attitude we’re bringing you lessons designed to help improve your guitar playing skills. First off, we’re getting into “Vibrato”, an often over-looked but vital component in every guitarist’s skillset.

What is Vibrato?

Vibrato is a fingerboard-hand technique where a played note is moved rapidly to produce a fluctuation in pitch to enhance tonal richness. Though it may be a simple concept, vibrato is a skill that separates the amateurs from the pros. You can shred to your heart’s content, but if you can’t add a little vibrato then your notes are going to sound flat and lifeless.

Every guitar player’s vibrato is unique and a key identifier when picking out a particular guitarist’s playing style. Whether you’re listening to Jimi Hendrix, Marty Friedman, David Gilmour, BB King, Brian May, etc., they all possess a signature vibrato style. If you didn’t notice it before, you will now.

So, by putting some effort into honing your vibrato chops, you too will add that extra ingredient needed to develop your own signature flair.

Video Lessons with Tom Quayle

Where would we be without the legend that is Tom Quayle? Not only is the man an accomplished Jazz and Fusion guitarist who counts Dweezil Zappa, John Petrucci, Brett Garsed, Greg Howe, Andy Timmons and Tim Miller amongst his many fans, but he is also an excellent teacher too. We’re incredibly fortunate as Tom has taken the time out of his busy schedule to put together this series that will help you nail your vibrato technique.

Lesson 1

Getting to grips with the basics, Tom shows us how to execute correct vibrato technique across the fingerboard.

Lesson 2

Part two digs deeper into the ways in which you can apply vibrato to infuse greater expression into your playing.

Lesson 3

Part three shows you how to utilise your trem’s vibrato capabilities (Spoiler Alert – it’s different to standard vibrato).

Featured Guitar: Ibanez RG550 MIJ Electric Guitar

Image of an electric bass guitar

If you quite like the look of the guitar Tom is using, then you can find it here.

Further Info

As ever, if you need any help or advice with regard to products then our Customer Service Team are more than happy to help over the phone on 01925 582420. Our in-store specialists will guide you through the wonderful world of guitar and guitar amps, just pop into your nearest Dawsons store.

About The Author


Jon is a multi-instrumentalist with a passion for inspiring others to get involved in making music. After spending many years playing venues here, there and - pretty much - everywhere, he joined the Dawsons' Music Web Team before progressing into his current role managing the Dawsons Blog.