A big part of bringing out flavors is contrast. In our class, the song’s verse section is usually the loudest because everyone’s playing at the same time. If it’s loud, what’s a better way to add flavor than to start our solo quietly? By going from loud to quiet, we have just instantly added flavor right there.

How about sounding a string when our finger is pressed on it?

If our finger is stationary when the string is struck, the tone will be plain, and will soon fade.

However, if we continuously rub the string (vibrato), that lengthens the string’s resonating tone, adding a considerable amount of flavor. (Learn more about vibrato in Reigen Fujii’s Advanced Skills lesson!)