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An extremely detailed look at the physics of bending, how to do it well, and lots of exercises to improve your accuracy.
Bending is much more than pushing against a string. Bending is a communication tool and if you don’t do it right, your guitar won’t talk. It will whimper. And nobody wants to hear that.
Bending is a 90 minute lesson that breaks down the mechanics of bending and the ingredients of great bending technique. The exercises will force you to listen to your own playing more closely, helping you to become a better communicator every time you bend a note.
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To kick off this extremely detailed lesson about bending, we'll look at why bending is so important to your sound. * 9 ingredients to every bend, everything from pitch, to trajectory and destination * Where to bend * The most common places that bends happen for blues and rock * Lots of bending examples, single strings, multiple strings, switching strings * Answer to common bending questions * Whatís wrong with this bend? * Exercises to help you improve bending accuracy and control ringing notes.
In this section we'll look at 9 ingredients that go into a bent note.
In this section I'll explain all the places in the 5 Essential Blues Boxes where bending occurs.
I'll explain which bends have a minor sound, and which have a major sound.
In this section I'll give you examples of bending from players like SRV and Jimi Hendrix.
We'll start with basic bends, and build into more complex examples that involve multiple strings.
And yes, we'll look at the multi-string bends that SRV was famous for.
In this section I'll address several common questions that people have asked me about bending.
In this section I'll give some opinionated advice about what separates good bending from bad bending technique.
In this section we'll go through 8 exercises that help build your bending accuracy and strength.