Watch the Using Vibrato online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Focus On: Standard Tuning Slide

B.B. King famously explained that he developed his left-hand vibrato as an approximation of the sound his cousin, country bluesman Bukka White, got with a slide. Turns out that just as there are many ways to approach a single note with the slide, there’s more than one way to get vibrato with a slide, too. We’ll look at how to do the kind of wide, buzzing vibrato Muddy Waters and Elmore James used, and check out some more subtle kinds of inflections, too.