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Mahalo Guitar Solo Course: Bending

Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: Bending is a very common technique that has been used by most, if not all, rock and blues guitarists at one point or another. It is a crucial skill to learn if you want to play a guitar solo. Similar to sliding, bending is also based on the concept of plucking a string once and changing the note with your fretting hand. Step #1: Place your third finger on the fretboard (in this example, on the 7th fret of the 3rd string) and pick the 3rd string. Step #2: Simultaneously, push the string with your third finger up towards you and rotate your wrist slightly clockwise (if you're right-handed) or counterclockwise (if you're left-handed). Step #3:?Fully bend the string a whole step above the original note (in this example, bend the note from D to E on the 3rd string). Hold the bend for three seconds then slowly let the string down to its original position. Step #4: Bend the string in one fluid motion. Don't hold the bend, just bend the 3rd string up and down without pausing at any point. *?Try bending up whole steps on the 8th fret of the 1st and 2nd strings. This practice will come in handy when it comes time to learn the solo. Read more by visiting our page at:
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