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April 18, 2013

Guitar String Bending lesson

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Written by: Mike Abbott

Although guitar string bending can be done on the
acoustic guitar,

the electric guitar gave bending
it’s reputation

1. You will be pushing or pulling the
guitar string to a different pitch(pitch is how high or
low the note sounds)

2. Bring left thumb over the top of the

3. Left Fingers should be at about a
45 degree angle
to the guitar string

4. Use a push bend on the 1st
and 2nd, and 3rd string
. Use a pull
bend on the others

5. Check the pitch of the

With your pick, mute the guitar string at the top of
the bend.

Compare that pitch to the note 1 fret
above(mute-silence the string)

Example: If you bend the 3rd fret
note,compare to the 4th fret

6. If you bend with the 2nd Finger,use 1st finger with it
(this gives you more power and control to bend the


7. If you bend with the 3rd Finger,use the1st and 2nd
finger with it ( fingers should be touching each other )


string bend example in a picture

1/2 Step
Bends you will use from the E Blues Scale:

See the string bends written in standard and tab notation

Bend Lick 1

See the bend lick written in tab and standard notation

  • Practice bending the
    notes before trying the bend lick
  • Practice the lick 3
    times in a row (keep a steady beat)
  • Practice the lick 3
    times in a row with the metronome
  • Write out a bend lick
    with quarter notes and half notes.
  • Then write out a lick
    using eighth notes, quarter notes, and half notes
  • Practice each one of
    your licks 3 times in a row
  • After writing a couple
    of licks, try creating some on the spot. Count
    the rhythm out loud as you play.
  • Make sure your licks
    are 4 beats long

About the Author

Mike Abbott
Mike is a pro guitarist and music educator.  He has performed with such diverse acts as the Rolling Stones Horns, Sammy Davis Jr., and Burt Bacharach.   After spending much of his music career in New York City, He now is a very busy guitarist in the Denver area, performing and teaching extensively. Mike's latest work is a book, The Guitar and Amp Sourcebook, published by Harper Collins and released in December 2012.



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