Manipulating a string by slightly raising and lowering it's pitch quickly and repeatedly

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Written by Sam Blakelock
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Vibrato is a tool used for musical expression that’s achieved when a string's pitch is quickly and repeatedly raised and lowered. The effect is a natural vibration common to the human singing voice.

On guitar, vibrato can be achieved by slightly bending the string up and down or shaking the guitar neck while fretting a note.

Famous vibrato: B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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