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Blues bending guitar lesson: Tab + video

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What is it?
String bending is a guitar technique that used usually by lead guitarists to change the pitch of a note.
Blues bending is produced when the string is only bent slightly (approximately quarter note), not far enough to reach the pitch of another note. It is indicated by 1/4 (of a whole tone).
This bend is very important in blues, rock and country music as it creates a slightly “off” note which gives an authentic magic blues sound.

 
 
 

How to play it
Look carefully at the video below and listen to the effect that blues bending produces.
Do not use only one finger to pull the string but use two or three fingers.
For 4th, 5th and 6th strings pulling the string downwards. For 1st and 2nd strings bending them up. The third string can be pulled up or down.

 
 

Here are some examples of blues bending on notes of the E minor pentatonic scale.

 
Basic techniques for electric guitar - blues bending on E minor pentatonic scale
 

Below some examples of blues bending on notes of the A minor pentatonic scale.

 
 
Basic techniques for electric guitar - blues bending on A minor pentatonic scale
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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