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???
01-28-2008, 01:03 PM
on guitar. how does he get it so good. its simply inimitable. is it the size of his fingers or what.

Mariner
01-28-2008, 01:12 PM
propose immediate ban for whoever does the inevitable parody thread on this board

BumbleBeeMouth
01-28-2008, 01:13 PM
phew...

ravenguy2000
01-28-2008, 01:13 PM
propose immediate ban for whoever does the inevitable parody thread on this board

i had my finger on the trigger

???
01-28-2008, 01:14 PM
shh, you're ruining the setup

???
01-28-2008, 01:15 PM
i was more interested to see if anyone rolled with the "size of his fingers" part

???
01-28-2008, 01:15 PM
serious thread, btw

back to work, everyone

spidrr
01-28-2008, 01:22 PM
serious thread, btw

back to work, everyone

the honest answer? practice. the size of his giant hands has nothing to do with it.

wHATcOLOR
01-28-2008, 01:26 PM
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wHATcOLOR
01-28-2008, 01:26 PM
"size of his fingers" isle, you rascal!!

tcm
01-28-2008, 01:48 PM
left-handedness? but let's not make excuses for ourselves.

i totally expected griping about vocals in here, maybe a spinoff will come.

tensionhead
01-28-2008, 02:05 PM
especially in the song (pocket) rocket

DeviousJ
01-28-2008, 02:55 PM
Probably practice - try doing nothing but bends with each finger, just to build up strength so you have more control. Then work on your styles

And despite the risk of being called a fanboy, here's my advice: do yourself a favour and go Mac.

IWishIWasBlank
01-28-2008, 03:10 PM
I would say practice as well. Only way it happens.

Sigma
01-28-2008, 03:21 PM
??? Are you thinking of a specific song or passage? I like to think that my guitar vibrato is pretty good and I'm curious as to whether or not i might be able to replicate what you're talking about then explain how it's done.

suncrashesdown
01-28-2008, 03:39 PM
What about Billy's vibrato is so special? Can someone post a clip to what the hell is being talked about?

tensionhead
01-28-2008, 03:42 PM
What about Billy's vibrato is so special? Can someone post a clip to what the hell is being talked about?

oh dont gimmie that "clipping" bs here too!

???
01-28-2008, 04:26 PM
oh i'm not trying to replicate bill's vibrato, i personally think mine is pretty good...but there's just something unique about billy's, i don't know what it is. its just got so much feeling in it without being cheesy or oversustained, although its probably got alot to do with his guitar tones too. you can hear it in virtually any solo he's ever played. nobody can play a solo like billy.

BlissedandGone2
01-28-2008, 05:57 PM
hes got great picking and finger technique thats for sure

BlissedandGone2
01-28-2008, 05:58 PM
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Sigma
01-28-2008, 06:14 PM
Actually, I wonder if a lot of it comes from Bending a note up to pitch from the fret below and then playing around with the extra tension you get that way.

tensionhead
01-28-2008, 06:18 PM
HHHHMMMMMMMM i wonder.

warka - brought to you by kazimierz pulaski. sort of?

suncrashesdown
01-28-2008, 06:26 PM
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You could tell Billy used to listen to a lot of fucking Van Halen

stumpycat
01-29-2008, 12:00 AM
Heh. Probably no coincidence that around the exact same time he shot that video with his friends he was also a senior highschool newspaper staff reviewing Van Halen's latest album. (It used to be on Laura's SP site...I don't know if it's still in the Starla.org archives somewhere or not.)

IWishIWasBlank
01-29-2008, 08:19 AM
Actually, I wonder if a lot of it comes from Bending a note up to pitch from the fret below and then playing around with the extra tension you get that way.

This is hard enough in the first place, hard to get the note correct in the second place, and probably terribly difficult to vibrato without it sounding like shit. If this is his technique, I applaud B0lly.

teh b0lly!!1
01-29-2008, 11:48 AM
billy's vibrato is far from inimitable. i can do it all day long.
i do agree that its pretty distinct, though. he just has a pretty prominent vibrato technique, its very not subtle - its just a pretty wide vibrato.
its a question of how far does the bending (aka vibrato) goes, and how fast do you vibrate the note.
and about the fingers - i think it does play a part. practice will make you better but some people just have it in their fingers. people with larger hands and fingers tend to have a better touch to their vibrato from what ive personally seen.