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Introduction

Many guitaristspeople mistake tremolo for vibrato and vice versa. Even worse, the famous tremolo bar on guitars actually creates a vibrato effect.

In this article the difference is visualised and audiolised.

Vibrato

Varying frequency (pitch or tone height) over time.

A 440 Hz tone with 6 Hz vibrato effect:

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Vibrato - time and frequency domains

Tremolo

Varying amplitude (volume) over time.

A 440 Hz tone with 6 Hz tremolo effect:

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Tremolo - time and frequency domains