#1
pretty much the title, whenever i bend on the top string it goes off the top of the fretboard & kills the note. i've been trying to play voodoo child & i've just been bending downward

-also is the symbol to bend down a downward arrow?
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pretty much the title, whenever i bend on the top string it goes off the top of the fretboard & kills the note. i've been trying to play voodoo child & i've just been bending downward

-also is the symbol to bend down a downward arrow?


On the thick E string you can only do a full bend by bending it down.
#3
bend the other way so that it doesnt go off the fretboard, doesnt matter wether you bend up or down as long as your bends are in pitch
#4
Just making sure you know it doesn't matter which way you bend, it does the same thing, a downward arrow in guitar pro usually means to strum down but ya just bend the opposite way of the edge of the fret board so it doesn't go off.
#5
Don't pull the string down, push it up toward the other strings and use the weight of the guitar more than just your fingers. I actually wan't aware that there was a way to indicate how to bend. I think the thing you're talking about is the picking direction. If a note has ^ over it, that means pick down. If it has \/ over it, it means pick up, in the direction of the arrow.
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pull it down towards the A string
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For the low E string (low pitch) bend down towards the other strings. For the high E string (high pitch) bend up toward the other strings. You can never bend a string to make it flat. Bending either way makes the pitch sharper by tightening the string and keeping the length of the string the same.

So in general, bend towards the middle of the fretboard.
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#10
I bend all my strings down except the high E and sometimes the B if I'm going for a larger bend. It works extremely well. I think you'll be fine.
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#11
You can only bend down on the low E so your tab may be wrong or you may be reading it incorrectly if it tells you to bend that string up
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You can only bend down on the low E so your tab may be wrong or you may be reading it incorrectly if it tells you to bend that string up


tabs dont tell you to bend in a direction.
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tabs dont tell you to bend in a direction.


Thats what I thought which Is why I questioned the fact that the OP asks about the symbol for bending down
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#14
just to clarify: guitarists generally refer to "top strings" = thin strings, "bottom strings" = thick strings.

when you say how to bend top string, I first thought you were talking about the thin E string, not the thick one.
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no actually...top string tends to be...at the top of the guitar..

No, the "top E" is the thinnest string and that's the way it's always been, no need to make yourself look like a dick by trying to be different
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#17
heh heh

"top" and "bottom" refer to pitch, not position relative to the ceiling (or whatever)

if you say to a guitarist "play a low E" you're telling him to hit the low (bottom) E string, not the top (thin) one
#18
Okay, my bends are a pile of steaming plop at the moment, but for what it's worth, I always bend towards the middle of the fretboard. Yes, it means two different techniques, but at least the strings are going to stay on the fretboard.
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#19
Yes Seagull and Guitarviz are correct... "top" and "bottom" refer to pitch... it bugs me when people switch it up.
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#20
Here's a tip.

Strings 1, 2, and 3 (thinnest strings). Bend upwards.

Strings 4, 5, and 6 (thickest strings). Bend downwards.
#21
I just simply bend towards the middle of the neck...
Always sounds okay to me.
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Here's a tip.

Strings 1, 2, and 3 (thinnest strings). Bend upwards.

Strings 4, 5, and 6 (thickest strings). Bend downwards.


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#23
bend away from the next string youre going to play
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