Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by metalhed, Oct 21, 2001.

  1. metalhed

    metalhed Guest

    Oct 6, 2001
    i have a lot of trouble doing vibratos with my left hand and i was wondering if anyone knew any good exercises. also,is it possible to get the notes to sqeal with distortion like on guitar?
  2. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck Guest

    Sep 26, 2000
    I'm not sure about exercises... I would assume that if you practice it enough the muscle movements will come with time.

    As for the squealing distortion, I don't think it's possible with a bass. I'm sure someone will say "You're wrong! I've been doing it for 47 years!", but the way I see it, distortion that will "squeal" with vibrato requires really high output guitar humbuckers, ultra high gain from a Marshall-type amp, and, yes, guitar strings. I just don't think it's a bass sound.
  3. Muttluk

    Muttluk Guest

    Jan 19, 2000
    Oakland, California
    for vibrato? just practice, do it a lot, and adventuly you'll grow stronger mussel, and you'll be able to do it.

    As for the squeal that you hear from a heavily distorted guitar (found a lot in 80's metal) is a pinch harmonic. On guitar its done when you hit the string with your pick (right hand) and immediatly after you hit it with your pick, "tap" it with your thumb. Its really a technique thats hard to explain in words. It provides an airy sound, and when added with vibrato, it can do some neat effects. I dont think they would come out as well on bass though, but you could attempt them with your nail, and finger.
  4. Muttluk

    Muttluk Guest

    Jan 19, 2000
    Oakland, California
    just some pointer-outers...

    The reason why high output humbuckers seems to be common with them is because you get heavyer distortion with them. The heavier the distortion, the better harmonics come out, same effect if you crank the presence knob (super high freq.).
  5. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck Guest

    Sep 26, 2000
    That's what I meant, it just came out wrong. :D
  6. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Try using a classical guitar vibrato. The idea is to (when rolling towards the bridge stretch the part of the string from the nut to your finger, reducing tension on the part of the string between your finger and the bridge (the part that's ringing) and when rolling away from the bridge to stretch the part of the string that's ringing. The result is a vibrato that goes around the pitch, instead of only sharp of the pitch, which is the case with the side - to - side technique.

    this post edited from another thread on the same subject
  7. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    As for the squealing distortion thing, I can think of two examples: Billy Sheehan and Michael Manring (on "Thonk"). Michael just cranks it into a giant Marhsall rig. Don't know what Billy uses.
  8. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Billy uses pinch harmonics.
  9. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    The way i look at doing vibrato:

    If i were to play a note with my middle finger, think of it as turning a door knob back and forth with your thumb and middle finger. I guess it would be like rolling your finger side to side. But you will become a lot better at it.