Originally Posted by: aliasmaximus
Is the cycle rate of vibrato related to the tempo (in this case 118) or is that something that's left to the discretion of the guitarist?
Vibrato is a 'feel thing' so generally the answer is that you don't really have to think about timing. Generally.
Don't think of it in terms of guitar, think about singers using vibrato. I played in the church band and one of the singers (small church) tended to sing sharp, loud and with max vibrato. As a combo ,it could be tough sometimes but that vigrato just didn't often match the song being sung.
Vibrato is more a matter of application. BB King had a very 'sting' type vigrato and John Sykes (Whitesnake) had a very wide and slow vibrato. Different applications.
As with many things, lear songs and solos and things like vibrato make more sense.