#1
is bending on the first fret hard for anyone else
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is there any thing can do ti the strings to help with the bending?
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#5
It is hard, but with enough practise, you may be able to bend at the first fret of a low B on a 5-string bass.

EDIT: you can tune the guitar down a half step. Or get a lighter guage of strings. Or you can just keep trying.
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#7
at the first fret, i would play the fret with my ring finger then bend the bit of the string that excedes the nut to the tuning keys.
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#8
When it comes to Bending, you need to support your bend wiht other fingers. This gives you not only more control but the ability to apply less pressure on both fingers. Bendining takes time to master, and Bending to pitch even longer. Just do some simple Bending exercises. My fave for this is the major scale, but whenever there is a ahalf step, you bend to that note instead of fretting it.

But of course bending where the string is more taut is harder. I would've thought that was obvious..

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#9
if you really need a bend on an E# (or is it F?) then you'd be best off getting a 5 string with a B and bending on the 6th
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#10
The first fret is hard to bend because there is so little slack, I assume. Light gauge strings or down tuning, as previously mentioned, are the ways to go.
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if you really need a bend on an E# (or is it F?) then you'd be best off getting a 5 string with a B and bending on the 6th


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#13
It's cos the string is held tight by the nut so there's not a lot you can bend. Lighter gauge strings would make things easier for the time being but it's about building up the strength really. Maybe you wanna try one of those gripmaster things, they're supposed to help strengthen your fingers, though I've never tried it myself.