#1
Is it acceptable when playing lots of quick bends to fret only 1 semitone below the final note and playing a half step bend because that is a lot quicker and sounds almost identical (except on slow bends).

1) does anyone else here do it?
2) is it "cheating"?
3) would anyone notice?
4) would any non-guitarist notice
#2
Unless it's a light speed bend...it's definitely noticeable...
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you cant necasarilly "cheat" at guitar...
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#4
well, personally I don't see the point of taking shortcuts in terms of playing music

besides, in the end, moving your hand the distance of a fret or two won't really make a difference anyways

Just practice it normally until u get it
#5
Of course, its acceptable... when you play guitar you want to deliver the sound, who cares how you get it? It may sound a tad different, but different sounds lead to new ideas.. it could just be a quirk of your own personal style

To answer your questions, most guitarists would probably notice and its technically not a "full bend" anymore. You should still practice the proper way as it will make things a lot easier down the road.

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#6
Ahh well here's the thing. If you're 'cheatin' on your own song, that's fine, just means you have your own style. But if you're covering a song, then yes it's noticeable.

(clarifying my last response)
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Quote by doive
Is it acceptable when playing lots of quick bends to fret only 1 semitone below the final note and playing a half step bend because that is a lot quicker and sounds almost identical (except on slow bends).

1) does anyone else here do it?
2) is it "cheating"?
3) would anyone notice?
4) would any non-guitarist notice

Untrained ears won't notice a thing, unless it's a particularly bad interval to be playing at the time.

And the time difference between full and half step bends is negligible, so I don't know how you think it's different. Just practice at bending more and you'll be able to do full step bends like it's nothin'.
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well itll sound a bit wierd but a guy like friedman does it all the time
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#9
depends really. on some notes it might seem fine but others it wont. it depends on the note your bending from. some of the notes you want to bend from may not be in the scale youre using and might sound weird until you finish the bend. but it adds a different feel to it because its not a not you would normally play. so yea, people will notice, but they will most liekly think you did that for a reason.
#10
Yea friedman does it a lot, but that's cause he's writing the songs.

If you play the stairway to heaven solo's beginning with a half bend instead of a full bend it'll sound like poopoo.
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#11
Quote by metalmaster362
well itll sound a bit wierd but a guy like friedman does it all the time


Hunh? You can be pretty certain when Friedman does a bend he's hitting the note
he wants to hit. Take that to the bank.

What it comes down to is this: the more things you try and "cheat" on because you
lack the skill to do them right, the lesser your playing will become.
#12
Friedman probably does major third bends with ease. He bends up from semitones below the notes he wants to his because that causes a really short tension and release moment and can create a more exotic sound aswell. Going to a note from half a tone below will really accent that note so it's a bit like hitting it harder, giving it vibrato and other things you can come up with to make a note stand out. That is really no excuse stop practising larger bends though. There will be enough times you will need to go from one note to the other with a bend and doing minor thirds and full bends on the same note can sound really neat.