Today we’re talking about String-bending and how to bend strings on the electric guitar.
Other names for this include:
string stretching – which makes me think of yoga
string pushing – which makes me think of drug dealers
The quick tips:
1) Support your fretting finger with the other fingers of your hands.
2) You have two main variables in string-bending: velocity and vibrato. We’ll talk about adding vibrato to your bends in the next video.
Velocity explained: it’s a spectrum but for explanation’s sake let’s say:
a. fast (straight to the note)
When you’re learning bending, your first priority is pitch accuracy. An out of tune bend is nasty!
Play your target note for your ear’s reference and then bend straight to it! Don’t mess around with the medium and slow speeds yet, get your hands used to going straight to the bend and then you can experiment with velocity.
If you try to bend slowly without first having taught your hands how to bend to pitch it’ll sound like you’re searching for the note like a dying cat.
Now of course there’s lots more that can be said about this topic but these quick tips will put you on the right track.