#1
I'd like for bends to be a bigger part of my technique (especially integrading bends with fast phrases), but I seem to suffer from the string slippage syndrome, whereby the fretted string would slip under my finger as I bend it up. This seems to happen more on my LP than on my Strat (which seems odd since the LP has bigger frets), and it is very annoying when this happens.

What technique do people use to avoid that from happening?
#3
Yeah press harder, and use more than one finger if you aren't already!
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Yeah press harder, and use more than one finger if you aren't already!


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Lighter strings/lower action will help.
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#7
I'ma just restate it... Push harder, I've never had the string slip from under my fingers and I do bends all the time
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#8
Well, I thought I was doing all these things. But it still happens occasionally.
Do you position your finger so it meets the string near the finger nail or near the cushion part?
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Lighter strings/lower action will help.
Actually, heavier gauge strings and higher action will help with the problem that OP is describing. Lower action and lighter strings will make it worse.
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#10
Quote by mattvh93
hold the string down more from the side than the top


try this first of all... you don't really need to push down against the frets particularly hard if your finger is in the right place... i.e near the side of the string.... arguably pushing down harder on the string will reduce the amount of control you have over movement/vibrato etc, so go light where possible
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Quote by MrFlibble
Actually, heavier gauge strings and higher action will help with the problem that OP is describing. Lower action and lighter strings will make it worse.

How do you figure? Higher gauge = more tension, which means the string is more likely to slip back to its normal position.
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i don't think i've ever encountered that problem.

more of an angle on your fingers?
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#13
Because slippage typically comes from not being able to get a proper grip on the string to begin with. If you've got a slack string low to the fretboard, it's harder to dig in and get your fingertips to grip it properly than if it's a bit thicker, tauter and higher off the fretboard.

Of course you don't whack the tension up so hard you can't even move the string. It's about not doing the opposite of that - just as it can be bad to have the action too high and the string tension to tough, it's just as bad for technique to have the action too low and the strings too slack. I guarantee if OP goes up to the next higher string gauge than what they're on now, and raises the action by probably 1.5mm-2mm, they'll find bends much easier.
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Some strings are better than others for this. I was using some DR Blues on my 2008 Les Paul for a while and those strings ****ing sucked. They would slip under my fingers and they felt like slipper think coated acoustic guitar strings. Never had such issues and with new strings, all is well.
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#16
Quote by MrFlibble
Actually, heavier gauge strings and higher action will help with the problem that OP is describing. Lower action and lighter strings will make it worse.
I agree.
#17
i bend in two places: usually(not that it matters, just out of habit) 2 frets behind the note intended to bend, and the fret intended. that way u have more strength and control over ur strings. Of course, i only do that with solos and such, other wise, u just need to mess with ur settings, lower or higher action, lighter or heavier strings. I personally like Heavy Bottom Skinny Tops by Ernie Ball(good for metal..)with low action, but, i also don't have ur issue, so idk =/.

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#19
Some of you guys seem to contradict each other as far as the correlation between bending and action is concerned...

So are you saying it is easier to bend with lower or higher action?

As I indicated above, I also have a Strat (set up with 9s) and I do not have the slippage problem at all.
#20
Use at least 2 fingers and push slightly from the side. It never works well with one finger