Written by Rick Graham
String bending, for me, is one of the most important techniques of all. 1 personally feel that guitarists often neglect it, even though its something which can help your musicianship immeasurably. Addressed in the right way, it can transform the way you approach phrasing and really help to improve your aural skills. Employing this technique can also help you to achieve a very vocal sounding approach to guitar playing, which can be extremely expressive and once you have the basics down there are many routes you can take which will give vour playing a very unique flavour.
I’d like to start by emphasising the importance of correct intonation when using string bending technique. A poorly executed string bend can sound absolutely awful if the intonation is even slightly olf. so I tend to do some warm-ups when practising, using simple ideas so I can focus on controlling the intonation. For instance I’d take an A minor pentatonic scale and focus on doing whole tone bends such as on the 3″1. 2nd and l’1 strings on frets 7, 8 and 8, respectively. When you do this, be sure to stay in complete control of the intonation.
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