Introduction to Bending Strings – Lesson 43

About Introduction to Bending Strings – Lesson 43

Level: Intermediate

Introduction to Bending Strings – Lesson 43

In this lesson we introduce you to basic string bending & vibrato.

Syn’s Tips

I’d rather listen to a player that can bend notes with great feel WAY more than a player with a lot of speed or “chops”. Chops are great to have but should be thought of as a compliment to great style.

The most famous players in history have unique styles and I gaurantee that if you spend time listening to them, you’ll attribute a lot of what you like about them to their bends and vibrato. Even great note choice, or “taste”, can be boring without these style based techniques and embellishments. They bring a great sense of emotion and life to the track!

Upload some of your own videos to the "Lesson Comments" section below to show us how you approach some of these style based techniques and embelishments.

Lesson Comments

Arthur Luste-Itchev
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Arthur Luste-Itchev I'm curious, when I'm bending, my fingers tend to go under the upper strings. For example, I want to bend the second string, but while I'm bending my fingers go under third string. Is it normal, or am I bending it the wrong way? I kinda think my strings might be too high from the fretboard...
Doug Morris
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Doug Morris Maybe check that you are fretting the notes with the tips of your fingers. In this case the nail pushes the other strings out of the way when you bend, whereas if your fingers are flatter on the fretboard they sometimes get hooked under the other strings. I used to have the same thing myself, and this was the trouble in my case.
John Setzler
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John Setzler When I bend down, I'm good for the most part. But when I bend up, the strings above the string I'm bending get plucked when releasing the bend an the sound fades before the bend is released. Am I just not pressing down hard enough or are there other techniques to help with this?
Syn Gates
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Syn Gates Try pressing down harder and practice slowly, even bending takes slow practice
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