Beginner Lesson on String Bending

One of the most awesome guitar techniques to learn is String Bending. The guitar is one of the few instruments in which you can pitch shift notes. A nice bending technique really adds emotion and style to your riffs and licks.

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So in this guitar lesson you are gonna learn the basics of the technique: 1. How to bend in pitch; 2. How to use your fretting hand/arm to make a bend with the least amount of effort. At the end of the lesson I'll teach you 3 cool licks to practice and use in your playing. If you liked this lesson, please subscribe to my channel GuitarGuyGijs and get instant updates whenever I post a new lesson or video. Also, if you have any questions please post a comment or leave a message and I will get back at you soon.
Here is a list of songs with cool bending riffs and licks: 1. AC/DC - "Highway To Hell" 2. Eagles - "Hotel California" 3. Pearl Jam - "Alive" 4. Led Zeppelin - "Stairway To Heaven" 5. Metallica - "The Unforgiven 6. Guns N' Roses - "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" 7. Eric Clapton - "Wonderful Tonight" 8. Lenny Kravitz - "Are You Gonna Go My Way" 9. John Mayer - "Gravity" 10. AC/DC - "Back In Black" Thanks for watching this lesson, and keep on rocking.

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    paula.seran
    from beginner lesson on power chords i wanty to try i list song with a cool bending riffs and licks is number six the title of "knockin on heaven's door" by Guns N' Roses, but i want to do that with a slow and soft cos i so late to learn that..,, keep faith good luck baby..,, GBU
    haf
    being a beginner I wasn't sure where to place my thumb while learning to bend, I noticed that it made a lot of difference so if you've got any pointers I would greatly appreciate! other than that, helpful video- keep up the good work!
    gijsheijnen84
    I always have the top of my thumb over the neck. That works best for me. If I put my thumb against the side of the neck I can't use the proper technique in my wrist. Maybe that will help you out.
    konnekt
    For most of the case, wrapping around a neck has benefits to bending. Putting your thumb against back of a neck will help shred b or g string. You might be able to change your thumb position when you are playing. In this clip, one most important part is to use your wrist and forearm when you bend not to use your finger. Using finger make the note unstable.