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Guitar Technique:
String Bending

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Q: I looked through all of your videos and could not find one about bending. Id like to see you do a video all about bending technique.
Thanks, Doug - San Diego, CA. U.S.A.

A: Bending guitar strings with excellent technique, style and accuracy involves work on three important areas:

1). Bend Types: There are two categories here; Standard Bends and Pre-Bends. Each category has sub-categories, such as, (but not limited to), sustain and release concepts. There are bends and releases, bends you hold, pre-bends. Plus there are combinations of them as well.

2). Pitch Accuracy: Bending a note to a wrong note is still a wrong note. However, tweaking notes out of pitch for short durations, (as in; 1/4 or 3/4 increments), can yield very interesting effects. Bending a note extremely high is another concept as well. Take the time to look over how Jimmi Page bends some notes has high as two whole steps and beyond!


3). Practice Exercises: In order to achieve great results with bending, players need to practice various bend styles as well as, pitch accuracy.

Many guitar students who are not familiar with bending technique are looking for that magic bullet on how to do it. Keep in mind that bending is a simple action where we push upward or pull down on the string. It is nothing overly complex. Be sure to use multiple fingers and to practice bending into notes of the proper pitch. Those who encounter problems with bending generally release the note pressure too soon and loose the pitch altogether.

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