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Rock Guitar Lessons: Bending to Chord Tones

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One, two, three, four.
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All right.
I'm excited about this one.
We're bending to chord tones.
And what are chord tones?
I'm gonna tell you the answer.
It's the root, the third, the fifth, and
the seventh.
And what are those?
Those are intervals, and you can count
them by counting up a scale.
Now, we really haven't gotten into scales
yet, so I just wanna give you the answer.
We'll explain the details later cuz mostly
I wanna get into the playing.
That's what's gonna make it make sense to
your ear, anyway.
But if you take, in this case, a minor
scale.
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And you count one, two, three.
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And that distance.
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That's a third.
And the next one that we want is the
fifth, so we count five.
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And that'd be four on the seventh.
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That's a seventh.
And those are the notes that I wanna bend
to.
Now, I'm doing a higher octave of those.
So, for, for my third, for example.
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I'm taking that C note and
putting it way up here.
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And bending to that.
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So, I just wanted to give you
that little idea of what chord tones are,
but most importantly let's play them.
Then, they'll really make sense.
So, we're doing our familiar gallop
pattern with the new picking technique.
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And we're doing a couple power chords.
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And then I'm gonna do the first bent chord
tone which, in this case, is gonna bend to
the fifth.
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One, two, three, four, five.
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And I'm gonna bend up to it.
I'm gonna bend down.
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Like that,
with our muted picking that we just
learned.
All right.
Next, we're gonna do.
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There,
we're bending to the root or the octave.
Believe it or not, can be the same note.
It's the A note.
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And I'm bending up to it.
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And then doing our muted picking.
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And then.
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The third.
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One, two, three.
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And the last one.
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is the seventh, which is One, two, three,
four, five, six, seven.
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And
let's have a look at these bends one more
time.
The thing that I wanna show you about them
is some of them are whole step bends.
The first two.
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I'm bending a whole step up in pitch and
falling back down below it.
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So if you played that without the bend,
it will be a whole step.
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Two fret distance in pitch.
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The next one is the same thing.
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That's also a whole step.
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Or bending it.
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And the next one's a half step.
So this is, you don't have to bend this
far because we're only trying to get,
a one fret distance.
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In our bend.
And the same thing for the next one.
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It's the sound we want.
We're gonna get it with bending.
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All right.
So that's all the bends.
The other thing I wanna point out is that
the fingers we're using change.
I wanna do my my giant finger that I
construct with three fingers for
the first bend.
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Now the next bend, we could do that.
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But it does up a fret.
And since my pinky is already in that
position,
I wanna try using my pinky for the bend.
This is a bold move using that little
finger for this big bend.
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But the reason that it can do it is
because that it has the help of all the
other fingers.
So you actually use all four fingers and
the, and you have a lot of,
you know, you have a massive callous there
when you put them all together.
So that makes it really easy,
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to bend all those up.
And I have one finger per fret.
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And, again,
it's not really the fingers themselves,
it's not doing that.
It's more locked finger and using the
wrist.
Especially this part, pull it towards you.
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It's
really a circulating kind of wrist
movement.
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Putting a little vibrato at the end.
So, and then we've have our half bend.
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That's with the three.
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And with the three.
So it's all with the three fingers, except
for that second one.
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And
that's a really good place to start
getting used to our pinky bend.
And again, I recommend getting that pinky
working cuz it'll,
it'll really pay off in the future.
And it sounds good now.
All right.
So let's play this in time so, cuz we need
to get the feel of it and
the sound of it in our ears.
So here we go.
One, two, three, four.
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Now, I think this is such a good exercise
because the notes that we've chosen to
bend, all right, I've told you already
that they're chord tones.
But that's significant because chord tones
to me are the good notes.
Those are the notes that,
that sound they make it sound like you're
in, you know what you're doing.
They're, they're the notes that the ear
wants to hear,
they're the strongest notes.
And then, because they're the notes that
make up the chord.
I don't wanna get too deep into music
theory here,
but when you play a minor chord,
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basically we're bending the,
each of those notes.
So we're really telling the listener we're
telling them the,
the quality of that chord in our solo.
And that's a great thing to communicate.
We're not just bending notes at random.
We're not bending them because they're,
they're a convenient place to put our
fingers.
We're choosing these notes very
purposefully because they sound the best
with our minor chord.
And, that's, that's fantastic.
I mean, this is such a good thing both for
your technique and
also to visualize where those notes are
located.
Because obviously, it's not all the same,
you know?
Here were on the seventh fret.
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Then here we go to the eighth fret,
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with the different finger.
Back to the seventh, but this time a half
bend.
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And
then the seventh with another half bend.
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So each time there's a small modification
that you have to make, in order to get the
notes to that chord.
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All right.
So let's do it one more time together.
Let's do it slow.
We'll go one, two, three, four.
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That's really a fantastic thing to do with
the electric guitar.
Really brings out the character that only
the electric guitar has and
I just love every second of that.
Let's speed it up a little bit.
One, two, three, four.
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All right.
Enjoy that one.
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One.
Two.
Three.
Four.
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