#1
The problem is I'm having is that whenever I bend my string, the maximum pitch change I could get is 3/4 of a step, and thats from bending it a 7/8ths of an inch. How far am I supposed bend the sting to get at least a whole step, or is there a problem with my strings or my bridge or something?
#2
well...it could be that your strings are too heavy for your kinda music, what gauge are they?
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#3
are you playing a guitar or bass?
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#4
Also, how far you have to push it will depend on the scale of the guitar, string guage, radius of the fret board, where you are bending at, how hard you push down, and all sorts of other variables. You just need to hear when the bend is in tune. If you are having trouble pushing the strings push with your ring finger fretting the note and your index and middle fingers also pushing the string. Maybe try lighter gauge strings, they are easier to bend.
#5
Your hands are probably too weak and you're playing with too heavy strings. Either use lighter strings (.08s or .09s) or play more until you can bend that far. I use .12s and it's harder to bend, so I know what you mean. It'll get easier with practice, until people listening can't tell the difference.
#7
use your ear
unless you can use your ear to tell how much farther or how much less you need to get the pitch then you shouldn't be doing bends yet
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#8
Quote by headbanger120
use your ear
unless you can use your ear to tell how much farther or how much less you need to get the pitch then you shouldn't be doing bends yet

True dat. There's no set distance. You just have to hear when it's right. If you play along to music, it'll make it much easier to hear if you're on tune, because if you're not bending far enough it'll sound really bad, while if you're just playing alone, you may not notice it. It's very important that you make sure your bends are precise as soon as you can do them or you'll be sloppy later.
#9
See the thing is that even when I bend my strings as far as I possibly can, the pitch only changes by like a 3/4 of whole step.