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Old 02-08-2013, 05:54 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Guitar Technique Lesson: How to Bend in Tune.

After seeing a number of 'pub' bands recently, I feel what really separates the men from the boys is the ability to execute a bend with perfect intonation.

Nothing ruins a solo more than an out of tune bend!

Here's how to practice getting accurate:

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Old 02-08-2013, 09:27 AM   #2
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That's definitely a skill worth learning, but this is not the right way to share your lessons on this website.
First of all, this sub forum is for the discussion of jazz and blues, not for discussion of guitar techniques (there is a forum for that).
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:41 AM   #3
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Apologies for that, just thought it would help people here as bending is integral to the blues.

Thanks for the advice!

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Old 02-11-2013, 10:14 AM   #4
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practice playing the note you bend to and then the same note by fretting it and then compare the tuning
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:52 AM   #5
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Learned a lot from this thread. Thanks guys!
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:22 PM   #6
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larry carlton has a great tip for bending...do the 7 steps of the major scale..

c note..then bend it to D go to E note..bend it to F go to F note bend it to G go to G note bend it to A etc...

do that on the bottom 3 strings in as many keys as you can..
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Old 03-11-2013, 01:41 PM   #7
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This is a quote from another Guitar Teacher, Sophie Docx who came through my site, it's a very insightful tip and i thought you might like to hear it in this thread:

"I like to 'majorize' notes from the minor pentatonic by 1/4 tone or 3/4 tone bends.

I leave the R and the 5 alone, but sometimes bend the b3 not quite up to the 3,
the 4 either not quite up to the b5, or 'overshooting' the b5, and the b7 I bend not quite up to the 7.

I nicked that from Muddy Waters.

I also like to take a major pentatonic, and 'minorize' notes, by bending.

Again, I leave the R and the 5 alone, but the rest is fair game: the 2 gets bent up towards the b3, and the 6 gets bent up, approximating the b7, but not quite hitting it.

I nicked that from Eric Clapton ;-)

From Albert King, I nicked the craziest thing: on a Minor I-IV-V progression, I play a minor pentatonic, and bend the b3 up to approximate the 3. It is a very rare blues move, because usually, the 'blue' feeling comes from the tension created by singing or soloing in a minor key, on a major chord progression. It sounds as if you are protesting the minor accompaniment, by slapping it in the face with a (almost) major third ;-)"

Thanks Sophie!

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