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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: How to Bend in Tune While Playing Multiple Strings

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Okay, we're back after doing
some kind of a little bit more,
we've elaborated a little
bit on the string bending.
Now we're gonna get into something
that's gonna be a lot of fun.
That's gonna be kind of like starting
to get into some more like real
in-depth character of getting
into the country style here.
So, we're approaching getting into
some stuff that's gonna be really,
really cool here.
So, let's get into talking about
some multiple string bands, and
start introducing that into our playing.
And this will be steel guitar style bands,
this will be some two note
bends that we're gonna work on.
And then as the curriculum moves forward
we'll introduce like some three note
bands and even maybe some four note bends.
I mean, there's some really wild
stuff you can do that we'll get into.
So right now,
I just wanna start introducing that.
So, let's go to a G position here.
And I wanna work first off out of this,
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G position like your C shape, but
just think of the triad.
Just think of the triad, and
maybe this section of this chord.
So what we're gonna do is, we're gonna
work kind of based on the pentatonic
shape with this whole step approach here.
So, what I want to do [COUGH] is,
we are gonna slide in,
this is what this is gonna sound like.
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And that's like country band 101,
that's like the first country
band that anybody learns.
And it is a great one and
you gotta know it.
So, and there is a couple of really
cool things you can do with this and
I'll show you that in just a second.
So we are gonna slide from
the D note on the G string,
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into your G note on your B string out of
this chord position.
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And the whole time you're doing this,
I don't care if we're working on slides,
bends, or whatever.
I want you to keep in mind that what I
was saying in previous is that visualize,
visualize, visualize.
The whole time you're playing, really
try to keep in the back of your mind,
like the blanket statement
over this entire from
lesson one to the very end is really,
really visualize the chord positions.
Visualize these chord positions,
I mean, it is so important.
I could say it 10,000 and
it wouldn't be enough.
And I just know that because I've
had to learn it myself when I
was an early teenager and
it changed my entire life.
I mean, learning my chord positions up the
neck is why I'm sitting here right now, so
it's so important.
So just realize where you're at, and
what you're doing, and where it is.
It's right out of this G chord,
everything that we're gonna do.
So we're gonna slide into that,
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into that G note, and
then we're gonna basically play this.
So anything you bend, you can play,
you can basically trace it
to a fretted melody line.
So with this,
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I'm basically playing this.
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So I'm playing the fretted note.
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And again, real quick just do divert for
second, that little lick,
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that's that chord.
And then,
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that is that chord which is out of that
chord.
It's that triad, so I'm going,
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okay, that's the melody,
that's the fretted version of that.
So with that being said, now we're
gonna bend, we're gonna do the bend.
So,
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I'll do it again.
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So, now I'll do it again slow,
those were a little fast.
So I'll do one really slow so
you can see all the camera angles here.
And we can really get a good idea
of what's going on with this bend.
So,
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okay?
So what we're doing to break that
down really, really in a minute
level here, we're gonna bend this string,
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and then our little finger, and
this is takes muscle.
And to hold that note, to bend takes
muscle alone, but to hold it up,
it's gonna take a little bit for
your muscles to get used to that.
So, don't worry about it.
Just keep it up, and remember to focus
on keeping these fingers behind that,
that's gonna be your
ace in the hole there.
Cuz man, if I had to try to do this lick,
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it's just almost impossible, and
would be so hard to do that.
I mean, I'd have to spend a long time
getting that strength up in that finger to
be able to bend without I
have in these reinforcements.
But once you do that,
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it's very easy.
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So once you get it together that's
your ace in the hole is
having those fingers
behind there to support that finger.
So we're gonna bend up,
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and then your little finger's gonna come
up and your gonna hit the D string.
[MUSIC]
And then that's gonna come back down and
resolve
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to the G.
So what you have is,
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and you can let this high D string ring.
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But
I've always found that
to be a hard lick to do.
I don't know why, maybe my fingers
are fat on the end or something.
But, for me to go like this.
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That's always been hard, so
I don't really do that lick there.
[MUSIC]
I do it there.
[MUSIC]
And I'll show you that later on too.
But to do this you're bending up.
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Hold that.
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And then I stop that note off and
move my little finger out of the way,
like this.
[MUSIC]
When you move that finger out of the way
to release this down to your G,
you don't want that to
make any kind of a noise.
So sometimes without thinking
about it a whole lot,
until I break everything down for
these lessons,
my little finger kinda sometimes will hit
the low E string down here to mute it.
Just to keep any unwanted ringing and
stuff from happening, or a fret noise,
or something that could happen when you're
moving that little finger out of the way.
So that's kinda the program
with bending that lick there.
So you're bending up,
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bending down and resolving.
Now that's a major sounding lick.
That's like right out of G major.
[MUSIC]
You're just bending right out of G major.
Now what you can do is,
if you take this same lick.
[MUSIC]
So if you take that.
If you take it up to
the Blues pentatonic shape.
[MUSIC]
So you're taking
those two notes.
[MUSIC]
And
you're playing out of
the Blues pentatonic.
So what you do is you move this lick.
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So now you're bending those notes.
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Which is D and F, sliding in from C.
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That's your blues phenotype G shape down
there.
So what I'm saying is,
when you bend this lick here.
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If you go up.
Okay, the fret you're on
I'll count that as one.
One, two, three, four, you go up
four frets and you do the same lick.
So what this is gonna sound like is this.
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And
I'll show you another
little technique here.
But this is the lick.
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And that takes you
right back to G to resolve.
So this is our first little steel
guitar kind of esque country band here.
So and the classic country thing a lot of
people do is we're going to mix the major
sound with the blues sound.
And we'll do that throughout
this whole curriculum.
We'll be manipulating those
two different sounds.
So that's something
that's really important.
So we're going to bend up,
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resolve.
And then do the same lick four
frets up on bending from C to D.
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And then hitting the F.
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And then we're gonna hit B flat.
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And
we're gonna bend up just a little bit for
some attitude.
So that's gonna sound like
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So that'll be
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and we're gonna resolve right there on G.
So that whole lick is
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So that'll give you
something to work on in
the multi-string bending department there.
And just make sure you bend in tune.
Keep it nice and soulful, bend slow.
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Really give it
a nice soulful bend.
And get that, let that become part of your
sound and a fundamental, and a good habit.
And we're going to move on
now to another exercise and,
Another multi-string bending
exercise.
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