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How to get that TIGHT vibrato?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Tupac, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
  2. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
  3. MCS4


    Sep 26, 2012
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Not sure if you noticed, but those don't seem to be examples of traditional string-bending on a fretted instrument (i.e. moving the string vertically up and down), but instead a technique where they quickly slide their fretting finger back and forth across a fret or two horizontally -- like an exaggerated version of fretless vibrato. You can see this clearly at the 5:58 mark on the Jamiroquai video.

    Tal Wilkenfeld does this a lot (particularly when soloing), so you can pull up videos of her for more examples. Otherwise just a matter of practicing to get the feel right and get your speed up.
  4. That technique has a couple of different names: A sting, funk vibrato and a couple others I can't remember. It's not as easy as it looks to make it sound good. But yeah, practice is the key. Having said that, the entire bassline in the Bruno Mars tune is worthy of transcribing, (copying and learning) as it has a lot of stuff going on that can be useful in a number of R&B songs.
  5. Clef_de_fa

    Clef_de_fa Guest

    Dec 25, 2011
    You can masturbate you can do that.

    ok o a more serious note : don,t choke the neck of the bass like every rock player, use the thumb as a pivot and let the whole hand move so your finger slide very fast between two frets.

    It is an exagerated vibrato that a fretless player would do. At least this is a real vibrato, not to confound with the more common technic of very small string bending to make somekind of "vibrato"
  6. bass12

    bass12 Say "Ahhh"...

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    The second time Zender does it in that clip it seems to me that he starts with a hammer-on (from Ab to Bb) and then does a vibrato across the Bb fret. So you're getting the effect not just of the vibrato but also of that hammer-on. Check out Me'shell. She does a lot of hammer-ons, especially semi-tone hammer-ons, to get a vibrato-like effect. So yeah, two techniques to work on: the actual sliding across the fret and hammer-ons.
  7. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    Slowed the song way down, Stuart basically just does this:


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