Learning How to Bend Strings

Discussion in 'Guitar Lessons' started by jeff_farkas, Nov 7, 2017.

  1. SteveC

    SteveC Get off my f*cking lawn. V.I.P. Member

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    When you do it enough, you will find that you will be able control the bend to the exact pitch that you want... without "hunting" for the note. It's a combination of muscle memory and your ear.

    That's only part of it, however.

    What makes the bend is the vibrato when you get there. Once you can control that - you will have mastered the bend.
     
  2. HogmanA

    HogmanA Senior Member

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    it's not the bend that's important - but the destination!
    Learning to incorporate bends in playing is about learning to think ahead.
    Don't play a note and think "and now I will add a cool bluesy bend!". (That's backwards!)
    It is better to think "I want to play an A note on the beat, so I will play a G before the beat and bend it to be an A".
    The mechanics don't matter so much as the timing - just in my opinion, of course. The mechanics pretty much sort themselves out with time.

    I think a useful exercise is to play a well known melody, but start every note on the previous scale degree before it is to be played and bend up to the desired note.
    Or try it with a well known riff on the lower strings even.
     

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