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Watch the Vibrato Colors online guitar lesson by Neil Zaza from 50 Melodic Rock Licks You MUST Know

Out of all the tools at our disposal in our guitarist’s toolbox, there is none so powerful as vibrato. This is the single most important and powerful thing in our guitarist vocabulary hands down. Vibrato gives us our individual voice on the guitar. It separates all players because all of us have different vibrato. It’s what makes the guitar so transparent and powerful. Using vibrato in melodic phrases is your powerful ally. It gives an emotional delivery to your melodies. It infuses your licks with a vocal-like essence.

In this lick, notice that there are different types and speeds of vibratos used depending on the melody and placement in the phrase itself. Sometimes it needs to be slow and smooth. Other times it stands out with a wider more pronounced delivery. The key is that it puts YOU and your musical voice in the driver’s seat.