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    Vibrato + fast riffing

    One thing I've been working on lately is a slow, controlled vibrato. Nothing can kill a solo, or even a general riff, more than obnoxious buzzing-insect vibrato. Thing is, sometimes you want to add a little bit to a note or two in a section of music that's a bunch of high-speed notes.

    Since you don't really have "time" per se to get a few slower motions in, what do you guys prefer - skip the vibrato altogether, or try and stuff it in there without overdoing it?

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    It depends. Usually I'll skip it, but a quick microtonal up-down bend can be good coloration sometimes.
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    I personally think putting vibrato in fast riffing really helps give the riff 'life'.

    I love machine gun rhythms but it can sound too robotic sometimes, so chucking a few pinched harmonics or even just plain old vibrato sounds much better I think.

    Vogg from Decapitated is a master of this.
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    I'll have to listen to some Decapitated. I agree - a little bit of vibrato here and there can really breathe some goodness into an otherwise straightforward metal riff. The problem I have is that if I don't constantly focus on it, I end up doing the laser-quick vibrato thing and immediately hate myself for it.

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    Not so much vibrato, but I like them riffs where its insanely fast, and then throwing a bend in there which goes up and then just cuts off straight away.

    Vibrato in fast riffs though, I do try and do it, subtly but enough to know its happened.

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    If the riff has any slight pauses with power chords, try shaking the shit out of them. It sounds awesome.

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