Have you ever wondered why that solo just does not sound right? Maybe why that “Stairway to Heaven” or “Purple Haze” solo just does not sound like the recording? While it could be a combination of your setup with your rig and pedalboard, it is most likely from how your fingers are playing.
85% of tone from the guitar comes from your fingers. Don’t believe me? Go listen to Robben Ford, Eric Clapton, or B.B. King play on another rig. They sound exactly the same! The reason why we gravitate towards these great players is because of their sound! Every guitar player will have a unique sound based on how he or she presses on the fret board.
It is important to make sure you are extremely relaxed when pressing into the frets, so the strings will not go out of tune by over-pressing or bending accidentally. Proper technique, as explained in my introductory lesson on my Guitar 4 Dummies Series on YouTube can get you started! Lastly, vibrato will give you that extra edge to become a great guitarist, rather than just a good guitarist!
In my next blog, I will go more in depth with vibrato.