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Chordal Vibrato (SideToSide Vibrato applied to Chords not just single notes)
May 17, 2014
8:34 pm
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Musicality
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Hi Tim,
I know my seventh chords inversions over the various sets of strings and I keep working on voice-leading them through random next chord quiz, it’s beautiful and fun.
I have a decent amount of technique so grabbing the chords quickly is not a big problem, same thing with playing 3 notes/string scales (Major, Melodic minor, Harmonic minor)
One thing I definitely lack though at this point is SideToSide CHORDAL VIBRATO, sadly at this point it’s still nonexistent. I have no problem with the more rock vibrato (pulling the note in pitch), I’ve got it down and it’s nice for lead guitar single notes but not practical for CHORDS. I did watch carefully your Vibrato lesson in which you describe the SideToSide Vibrato applied to single notes. I have started to experiment with such vibrato on single notes. But that does make me capable to adding vibrato to chords at this point.
Tim your chordal vibrato is exquisite, it’s subtle and beautiful and adds immensely to the chordal beauty coming from voice leading.
I noticed that regardless of the chord shape you have found a way to apply vibrato to it.
Some chord shapes have partial barre over some strings, many other don’t, the thumb may end up in different location in the back of the neck and yet you always find a way to add that beautiful chordal vibrato. How did you succeed at that?
It seems to me that when people qualify a chord as easy or hard to play they tend to limit their thinking to how easy/hard it is to “finger” the chord. But in reality one should not limit himself to “finger” the chords but also would benefit to “vibrato” the chord. In my experience some chords that were easy to “finger” can turn out to be “hard to Chord Vibrato”.
It may be that you would some kind of hierachy of difficulty in Chordal Vibrato so you would suggest “shapes that are easy to vibrato” and progressively move to “shapes that are harder and harder to vibrato” with tips and breakdown steps along the way. That would be fantastic for me. I long for the beauty of your beautiful SideToSide Chordal Vibrato, I so much would like to hear it in my playing. I hope I have the flexibility, control ability and/or relax ability in my left forearm/wrist/hand/finger to produce it. :-) I have worked for years on a long list of other music skills and have made huge progress with each of them but it’s time I stop postponing Chordal vibrato, it sorely needs to be addressed in my playing by now.
Would you please do some in-depth lessons in which you give us Vibrato tips applied to various chords? This may require a multi-angle camera approach so you can show us the exact motion of your thumb in the back of the neck, if you thumb lets go of the neck and becomes free-floating in the air. Also are you at anytime shaking the neck? Are you applying any kind of pressure with your right forearm/elbow on the guitar body to stabilize the body of the guitar in order to facilitate any kind of shaking of the neck/notes?
Your insights would be so precious. Thanks so much for considering all the above.
Musicality.

May 18, 2014
7:38 pm
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Hi Musicality,
Thank you for the lesson request. I think that it is a great idea, as it is something that is not talked about a lot by guitarists. Thank you for bringing it up!
Best,
Tim.

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