Fretless vibrato (mwah) question
I find that in the lower 5 frets it's easier for me to do a "fretted" perpendicular vibrato as opposed to fretless parallel. And to execute a good "fretless" vibrato down there I almost need to move my fretting hand half an inch each way.
Am I doing something wrong? Any hints?
No. Just like the frets are farther apart near the nut so will the effect of vibrato. I've found that the 'mwah' effect is brought out more by plucking over the finger board (YMMV).
Minor point: I feel the 'mwah' effect is in the attack of the note, and vibrato is a slight change of pitch , so they really aren't the same thing.
Smaller point: I think vibrato sounds best when it is kept above the pitch. In other words, attack the note and roll up and then back down to the original pitch, don't roll below original pitch. of course... IMHO.
Just gonna agree with the above post and expand a little. If "mwah" is what you are going for, which is not the same as vibrato as said above, here are a few ways to get it.
- Pluck closer to the neck(said above)
- Use roundwound strings as opposed to flatwound
- Use the bridge pickup
- Keep the action low
Thank you, guys!
Sorry, I probably misused the word "mwah" here - what I was asking is how to properly vibrate below 5th fret on fretless.
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