Guitar bends (also referred to as “string bending” or “bending”) are produced by moving the stopped (held down) string with the fretting hand in a direction perpendicular to its axis and parallel to the fingerboard. String bends are one of few ways to achieve micro-tonality, especially blue notes, on the guitar.
Guitar bends give your guitar solos a very vocal-like quality. The technique is performed much the way it sounds; by ‘bending’ the guitar string.
Discover How To Play Every Type Of Guitar Bend
Below are a few examples of basic guitar bends that you might find in music.
This is a full-step bend and half step bend. Fret the 7th fret of the G string and strike the note. Immediately bend the note so that its pitch sounds a whole step higher (span of 2 frets). Strike the 2nd note and bend it so that its pitch sounds only a half step (span of 1 fret).
Bend and release. Play the note so it begins at the original pitch, bend it up one whole step, and then release the bend; returning to the original tone.
Bend and hold.
Pre-bend and pre-bend and release. A pre-bend occurs when you bend the note up before you strike the note.
These are just a few of the types of guitar bends that you’ll discover in the program. With “Guitar Bends Masterclass” we’ll cover every type of guitar bend.
- Easy Bends
- Half-Step Bend
- 3/4 Bend
- Full-Step Bend
- Full Bend and Release
- Bend Release And Pull-Off
- Various Pitch Release
- Bends With Light And Heavy Vibrato
- Release With Vibrato
- Vibrato Vs. No Vibrato
- Big Bends: 1 1/2 Step Bend
- Big Bends: 2-Step Bend
- Big Bends: By Comparison
- The Disharmonic Bend
- Honky Tonk Bend 1
- Honky Tonk Bend 2
- Honky Tonk Bend 3
- Honky Tonk Bend Combo
- Lick: For The Love Of Bends
- Lick: Hybrid Theory Bends
- Lick: Pre-Bend And Unison Bend
- Lick Two String Bend Double Stop 1
- Lick Two String Bend Double Stop 2
- Lick Unison Bend Rock Lick
- Multiple String Bends: Two String Half-Steps
- Multiple String Bends: One Finger Two String Bend
- The Pre-Bend
- Pre-Bend And Release
- Pre-Bend Lick
- Rock And Roll Bend 1
- Rock And Roll Bend 2
- Gradual Bend
- Gradual Release
- Pre-Bend Hold and Release
- Picking Gradual Bends
- Common Unison Bends
- Unison Bend And Release
- Pre-Bend Unison
- Plus: Real-World Examples
- And Even More!
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