Andrew Wasson. Graduated from Hollywood California's Guitar Institute of Technology. Operates Music School and CreativeGuitarStudio.com
Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio answers questions from off of his Guitar Blog website...
Q). After playing guitar for 6 years now, (and dabbling in soloing recently) my big problem is bending. Is there some daily bending practice tips that you could suggest to maybe help me? My bends aren't relaxed and smooth. Especially 1/2 step bends, I always over-bend those. I'd like my bends to sound more even. Can you share some examples of how I can practice bending smoother?
Neil - Annapolis, Maryland USA
A). Guitar Players will work very hard at developing their phrasing devices, (bends, slides, legato, vibrato). But bending technique can be one of those techniques where guitarists become very picky. Bends offer an extremely human side to our melodies and improvisations. They create space, and produce a lot of emotion. As for the famous guitarists, their signature sounding bends offer us (as listeners) a reflection of their personality too. It is very important to work at the smoothness, the correct pitch and the overall control of your bend technique. Most importantly, work at copying how your favorite guitar players will bend notes. Work toward making your bends sound as close as physically possible to all of the guitar bending licks that you're trying to copy.
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