#1
guitar - squire strat

it seems almost impossible to do a simple bend on the first string E (the smaller one)... the kinda bend where you are bending the string away from yourself is what i'm trying to do.

it could be the neck since i have taken it off once just for a peak. but, no-one says anything about my neck when they play it.. could it be something else?
#2
You mean bend the pitch down?
You can't really do it much on the high e, same as you can't raise the pitch much on the low E
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#3
Quote by JKabliK
guitar - squire strat

it seems almost impossible to do a simple bend on the first string E (the smaller one)... the kinda bend where you are bending the string away from yourself is what i'm trying to do.

it could be the neck since i have taken it off once just for a peak. but, no-one says anything about my neck when they play it.. could it be something else?


No. You can't bend the high E downwards without it falling of the side of the
neck. In general you'd bend the E, B and G strings upwards.
#5
Quote by edg
In general you'd bend the E, B and G strings upwards.


I bend the G and B down... there's plenty of room on the fretboard. I also tend to stay away from bending the high E (upward) simply because it rarely sounds good, imho.

American Stratocaster + Blues Junior

#6
I bend E, G and B up as it helps with soloing on alot of scales.
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#7
Quote by Armored Artist
I bend the G and B down... there's plenty of room on the fretboard. I also tend to stay away from bending the high E (upward) simply because it rarely sounds good, imho.


Really? Oh my!

I do lots and lots of high E bends. Don't see how you couldn't for most rock &
blues tuff.

I never bend the B downwards. I think even a whole step bend would fall off the
edge.

Sometimes I'll bend the G down. All depends how I feel. Mostly it's up though.
It would be downright impossible to do some of the standard licks by always
bending G down.
#8
Quote by Hypnot1st
You mean bend the pitch down?
You can't really do it much on the high e, same as you can't raise the pitch much on the low E

thank you for answering the question without being a smart ass about it...
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#9
I guess it comes down to style and technique.

I find that the high E sounds a bit wimpy when bent. I prefer the timbre of B and G for bending.

Also, upward bends feel a bit akward to me. They seem to interupt the flow of notes whenever I do them. A disturbance in the Force they cause.

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#10
Quote by JKabliK
thank you for answering the question without being a smart ass about it...


heh. Well, I really don't think he answered your question. Maybe he didn't under-
stand it. You can't bend ANY string's pitch down (unless you use the whammy).
You can bend ALL strings up in pitch.
#11
Quote by Armored Artist
I guess it comes down to style and technique.

I find that the high E sounds a bit wimpy when bent. I prefer the timbre of B and G for bending.

Also, upward bends feel a bit akward to me. They seem to interupt the flow of notes whenever I do them. A disturbance in the Force they cause.


I would call that downright odd, but if that's what works for ya....

Still, I'd advise you to figure out why you find it awkward. Because I think it's
pretty limiting.