#1
How do you bend an open string? Is it possible? Please help me out!
#2
bend the string behind the nut?

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press down on the string behind the nut. it will bend it down and raise the pitch. it won't raise it too much, but that's the only way i can think of
Last edited by ozzybob at Oct 6, 2009,
#4
Bend the string behind the nut, there is a Pantera song where the main riff is written using this technique, I've forgotten the name of the song though
#5
it's also done in the beginning of dazed and confused when you bend the harmonics
#6
John 5 and a lot of country guitarist bend behind the nut. If your a Zeppelin fan Page does it in all of my Love. You can also bend behind the nut when tapping or doing hammerons gives you a nice increase in pitch that makes it sound more intense
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You can also, theoretically, turn your tuning key...won't make any no-string-break guarantees though...
#8
also you can bend the neck of your guitar a tiny, tiny bit by grabbing the headstock and pushing. really works as more of a divebomb than a bend, and you can warp or break your neck...but randy rhoads did it a lot and ive seen slash do it
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Bend the string behind the nut, there is a Pantera song where the main riff is written using this technique, I've forgotten the name of the song though


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You can kinda bend a harmonic too.

Like go and press down a string then hit the harmonic on the 12th fret and move you finger as if you were bending.

I just tried that.
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Quote by vinnie-watt5
You can kinda bend a harmonic too.

Like go and press down a string then hit the harmonic on the 12th fret and move you finger as if you were bending.

I just tried that.


This works, because as long as you keep your finger on the node, it won't interfere with the vibration.

Bending behind the nut...
If you have a locking nut, you most likely have a floyd, so... duh.

You can also pull the neck toward you and push it away. I know lowering notes in such a fashion is very slash-esque, but it's cool. Be wary though, because people have been known to break necks doing this.
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#13
umm, have you ever tried playing the same note but on a different string?

for example, if you wanted to bend the high e string just bend the b string at the 5th fret ....

if you wanted to bend the low E you could always drop tune the 6th string down a whole step and then bend it at the 2nd fret.

does that work!?
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dime does that bend on the first fret on the low e



Is it not drop tuned to D?
#16
Quote by MechMike
Is it not drop tuned to D?


Actually if you want to be very specific about it Dime tuned to somewhere just below D standard. "E string" being generally terminology for the lowest string on a 6 string guitar.
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I take it no one has tried bending behind the bridge? You can't go as far as behind the nut, and it works best on the plain strings, but it's useful during chords, and it's more "local" for the pick hand.
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I take it no one has tried bending behind the bridge? You can't go as far as behind the nut, and it works best on the plain strings, but it's useful during chords, and it's more "local" for the pick hand.


I assume your talking about with floating bridges? Paul gilbert does it
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umm, have you ever tried playing the same note but on a different string?

for example, if you wanted to bend the high e string just bend the b string at the 5th fret ....

if you wanted to bend the low E you could always drop tune the 6th string down a whole step and then bend it at the 2nd fret.

does that work!?



This is what I do, I rarley ever bend the open E string though, if I do, I'll just tune it down like a half a step and bend the 1st fret.
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#21
whammy bar, pushing the string behind the nut and neck bending works too, much better for harmonics.
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also you can bend the neck of your guitar a tiny, tiny bit by grabbing the headstock and pushing. really works as more of a divebomb than a bend, and you can warp or break your neck...but randy rhoads did it a lot and ive seen slash do it


If I remember right, apparently he did that, broke a guitar, and it hit him in the face. Whoopsie.
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Quote by Xenogis
Bend the string behind the nut, there is a Pantera song where the main riff is written using this technique, I've forgotten the name of the song though


I just tried this on my friend's classical guitar and the string came off the nut and when i tried to push it back the string broke.
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#24
Quote by TechnoLp
I assume your talking about with floating bridges? Paul gilbert does it

Actually, I mean a TOM type bridge. Try strumming a chord and just press one of the strings.