#1
I've been playing guitar for about, a little close to 4 years now. 4 years in November. And whenever I play a solo, I always bend the string down (towards the high E) rather then bending up (towards my upper body). Is this a bad habit to get into, will it produce a different sound? Because I find I can't bend the strings high enough when I bend them upwards, but I can find the A string all the way down to the high E when I pull.

I'm currently using an Epiphone Firebird with slinky strings.
#2
how do you bend the high E?

i don't really think it matters as long as u achieve the correct pitch
#3
the problem with bending that way is when you bend higher strings you dont have much range to bend the strings so yes it is gererally better to bend up across the neck
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the problem with bending that way is when you bend higher strings you dont have much range to bend the strings so yes it is gererally better to bend up across the neck


Yeah, that's my biggest problem. Whenever I bend up though, its almost like my finger skips past the string and slides off. I have to put it more on the fretboard I guess.
#5
i tend to bend in towards the middle of the fretboard. Bigger range = more extreme bends = more interesting songs.
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#6
if you bend towards low E you put your finger in a better position to do bend pull offs. Like those really common bends where you bend the string and then pull of and hit the root note.
#8
you need to be able to go both ways (lol) I generally bend up on the G B and E strings and I generally bend down on the E A and D
#9
I do both. Quicker bends I tend to go down, but on higher frets on the e, b and g strings I'll bend up
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I've been playing guitar for about, a little close to 4 years now. 4 years in November. And whenever I play a solo, I always bend the string down (towards the high E) rather then bending up (towards my upper body). Is this a bad habit to get into, will it produce a different sound? Because I find I can't bend the strings high enough when I bend them upwards, but I can find the A string all the way down to the high E when I pull.

I'm currently using an Epiphone Firebird with slinky strings.

Yes, it's a bad habit - bending upwards is far more useful. Why? Because in soloing you spend more time bending the top 3 strings than the bottom 3, and if you bend down you don't have enough room on the fretboard to hit the right pitch. Also if you're trying to play unison bends between the G and B or B and E strings you're not going to be able to do it because you'll be bending the lower string up over the higher one thereby muting it.

Bending downards makes sense on the bottom 3 strings, because again it gives you the most space to bend into.
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