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Jazz & More Guitar Lessons: Bending Strings

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Tips and Techniques, Bending Strings.
I'm going to speak a little
bit about bending strings.
And this is really useful,
especially in rock and blues.
You can bend up a whole
step if you're here at C.
You can bend up to D.
Like that.
[SOUND] So you're bending up
from this note to this note.
So to get more power,
I'm using all three fingers,
these are your supporting fingers to get.
So this note.
[SOUND] Bending up to [SOUND] to D.
And then you can add that vibrato.
[SOUND] If you want to get that
really bluesy feeling to it.
So, this is actually of the 4th of G,
[SOUND] C bending up to the 5th.
Then you can do the same,
you can bend up from the 5th.
To [SOUND] if you want to bend up to
the 6th and
the 6th is not within the pentatonics, but
it's a nice note to flavor.
[SOUND] Like for instance,
if you're in a [SOUND] in the ca,
if you play over a G7 chord.
The 6th or
the the 13th [SOUND] is a really [SOUND]
nice note to flavor a solo or chord.
Works fine over a minor chord too, like.
So you can bend up from this note.
[SOUND] To, to E.
From D.
All right.
Then you can bend up, for instance from.
You can bend up from the 6th,
[SOUND] half a step to
from E [SOUND] to F.
From E,
[SOUND] half a step.
And then you can also and all these
notes you can do it the opposite way, you
can bend up and you can let it fall like.
Or if you do the whole step.
Like that.
Then you can bend up from F to G
from the 7th [SOUND] to the root.
From this
note [SOUND]
to this one.
And this might be tough,
I'm just telling you if
you have like a nylon
string guitar with really fat strings or
really fat bo bronze strings.
On this one, I have a,
a pretty thick strings as well.
So it's not that easy, you have to
build up power in your left hand.
So start slowly and don't just do it
a little bit each day to get used to it,
you know, at first.
Otherwise, you will hurt your fingers.
And this can be done in any octave.
You can do it up here or
you can do it down here.
I'll just show it up here now.
So, well see it.
From F to G, we have that one and
then you can bend up from,
[SOUND] from G [SOUND] to if you
wanna play this note, [SOUND] to A.
[SOUND] And A is actually not
part of the pentatonic, but
it's a nice note to flavor it.
Both in [SOUND] and then over a 7th chord.
Or, or a [SOUND] minor chord.
So I can bend up here from G to A.
Like that.
And now we pre you can do it down here.
We're pretty high up here.
You can bend up here
from the 9th to the 3rd.
And then you can, we are up here.
So when you're up here at the 3rd,
the minor 3rd.
You can bend up here to from B flat to C.
Like that.
[SOUND] From this note up to this one.
[SOUND] And then you can even start on
the major 3rd, if you want to have a.
Really bluesy thing feeling going on from
this one [SOUND] to bend up to this one.
Then go half a step down.
Like that.
And now we have pretty much
covered [SOUND] all the notes in
the pentatonic, how you can bend them.
I'm gonna show you a couple
of other bends later but
try, try try a few of these
all over the guitar neck.
You can try them one octave down,
I just showed now on the first string.
Especially for you beginners,
'cause it's easier to bend here.
Then, then to do it further down.
So this was just a little
bit about bending strings.