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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: Advanced Steel Bends

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Right now we're gonna get
into just a very interesting and
fun lesson here.
We're gonna do advanced steel bends, and
we're gonna do some three-note bends,
maybe even some four-note bends.
And the focus here is
gonna be staying in tune,
staying in time when we
utilize these backing tracks.
We're gonna do some volume swell steel
bends, maybe looking at some of that.
And then just being able to see the chords
that are the foundation of these bends,
and I'll explain that too, in more detail.
So I'll show you the chord position they
come out of, we'll do the steel bends.
And then we'll move onto hearing what
these sound like in some backing tracks.
So you know what?
Let's use D right now for these examples
and some of these techniques here.
So what I'll do is I'll start
out with some pretty common
three note kinda country bends, and then
we'll move through kinda all the stuff.
And I might repeat a few things
that I did in previous lessons, and
just kinda pick those apart even more
here, so, Let's just jump right in.
So I know one of these I did earlier,
but I'm gonna do it again,
just to be thorough.
It's out of this one over three shape,
the Hendrix shape that
I've been talking about.
And it's utilizing this shape,
which is the A shape in D [SOUND].
And all we're gonna do is,
we're gonna bar these two notes of
the D chord with our little finger.
And then we're gonna bend the E note up to
the major third of D, which is F sharp.
And we're gonna rake
backwards with our pick,
so we're gonna go
So it's down,
Actually, let's do that,
instead of raking, let's go upstroke.
And then a downstroke on the G string.
And then while that's bent up,
we're gonna bend down again, or
let this release, rather.
So we're gonna go up
and then we're going to hit the two
and then resolve on D.
So that lick goes like this.
And you can tell that sounds pretty in
tune, because I'm using
my ring-finger as this
mechanism that we've
talked about in the past.
And it just goes right up.
So that's that bend.
Now with that shape,
you can do these little rakes too,
where you do rake it to make it
sound a little bit more like a pedal
steel's player's roll.
So you can go
Or you can go
There's two different techniques
you can use for that.
You can also grip all three of these like
a piano, and hit all the strings together.
So there's really three different
techniques the way you can do that.
And now what we're gonna do is,
we're gonna look at D seven,
which is this shape [SOUND].
And then we're gonna [SOUND] we're gonna
look at that D seven right there with
this note on C, which makes that
chord [SOUND], and that's D seven.
So what we're gonna do is right now,
we're gonna take,
this is the easiest way to do this.
Let's take our little finger,
and put it on the A string.
We're still working out of this position,
[SOUND] we're just looking at D seven.
So we're gonna put the little
finger on the A string [SOUND].
The first finger's gonna
go on the high E string.
And then we're gonna push up with
the middle finger on the E string.
We're gonna do the same
bend as we did before,
except we're gonna be triggering
[SOUND] that flat seven.
To go from this
to this sound
So that's the sound we're going for there.
[SOUND] And the hard part about
this is getting this getting
this middle finger not to do this.
[SOUND] Where your nail is
catching that D string, so
you wanna either try to get under it.
Or just push it up.
Now my nail got a little long
there on this finger, so
it's kind of having a hard time but.
So there's that.
And you can rake,
or you can,
Or you can pop this
So that's a great bend.
And then from that now, we're gonna
move up to the D bar chord shape.
Same kind of situation, same concept here,
But we're gonna move it
up to the minor third
and do a bluesier style.
And sometimes I'll find,
depending on what position I'm in,
sometimes it's easier to bend.
Okay, hold this down,
the C note with your little finger, and
you can bend with this ring finger.
But you can also bend,
sometimes it's easier to get this tighter
up and get a little bit more power and
a little bit more leverage
with your middle finger.
I'll release onto the major
third sometimes too, so.
Instead of
So [SOUND] if you do,
you can bend that a little, too.
So that's that bend.
A little bluesier.
Now, the three-note bend is to, well,
actually, it's a three-string bend,
it's not a three-note.
We're not bending three notes, we're
bending only one note on both of these.
But it is three strings.
So we're gonna hold
the first finger down on
the high E string, on the D note [SOUND].
We're gonna play the flat seven C [SOUND],
and we're gonna bend from G to A.
So we're gonna
And that can be raked.
Or picked.
Or plucked.
And now, same concept,
we're going to bend up,
and then bend down.
So while that's up there,
You can also end this run in
the major third too, like
So these bends really work well together,
so here's what that would sound like.
And this bend here
that is not easy, that's complicated.
And it's not the notes
that are complicated,
it's getting that middle finger to
Cuz you'll see with this bend, it's the
only one that we're gonna do, probably,
that doesn't have
a reinforcement behind it.
That one's reinforced, this one.
That one's reinforced,
[SOUND] these are are all reinforced.
This one [SOUND], no reinforcement there.
So that middle finger really
has to work well there.
And that's gonna take some practice, but
just do it, and you'll get it.
now lets see.
We are still in D.
Some other things you can do here
are you can bend more of these aimless
Garrett kind of licks.
You can take the D, this here.
You can
bend there
So you can bend these two together,
Or you can bend
just one, so
So you're utilizing that D7.
Put the suss there.
Now there's another
cool bend you can do.
And that's bending like
the bluesy side of this.
But watch what we're gonna do.
We're gonna come back down with that major
third with the seven and another tri-tone.
So with that being said,
this shape here
well watch,
when we move that tritone
right there it becomes G7
So if we do this,
Now we've got a G 7th bend.
So we're bending from this
To that.
So we're going
So that whole thing
And then that's just a
A bend right on G.
So, that's another one you could do.
So, while you're up
So, up
A, G, with the highest E string.
Down and
then hit the D note so
Now that's a stretch.
So there's a couple of those bends.
Some other ones you can do here in E.
Here's a few,
actually let's stay in D for right now.
We're going to do this one here so
So you go here, your major third and
five of the D chord here and
you bend this up.
And again, its like a mechanism.
what we're doing there is we're
eliminating the B string.
We're just using the G and the high E.
And it makes it sound a little bit
more like a pedal steel, cause
the spread is different, the interval
So right here,
You can do this to
go the four chord,
like going down
from D to D7
So those work well together.
Okay, let's go to E, and
I'll show you this low note bend
that I stole from Danny Gatton.
This is a great bend, and it's utilizing,
It's utilizing this seventh shape.
And you're going to bend there.
So this whole
thing is,
So slow that's
And you wanna
hammer on
And all those notes ring together
So you're going
So that's
like I have a little
a G bender.
So here is E
flat seven.
So that's pretty cool.
Here's another little steel lick you
can do that's not exactly a bend, but
it's a great little steel lick.
And it goes like this, you can use this
for kicking off tunes or starting a solo.
So the lick is we're working off
of this chord shape right here
And we're gonna go off the high B string,
B note here
And then we're gonna slide in
to the B note on the D string
From a half step previous to that.
then we're going to do the same
thing on the G string.
we're going to come back down
So we're
So there's some pretty cool
steel bends and stuff for you.