I think we can all agree that bending strings is what makes an electric guitar sing. The ability to bend notes gives the guitar an expressive quality similar to a human voice. In other words, when string bending is done correctly it can really move someone emotionally.
But as a beginner guitarist, I’m sure you’ve noticed that string bending is pretty difficult due to the physically challenging nature of the guitar. It will take a bit of time before your fingers have the proper strength to bend strings with ease. So take a couple weeks and practice bending strings everyday for a few minutes.
Go to the “guitar gym” and exercise those fingers! In this beginner guitar lesson, I cover all the common kinds of string bending you will see on the guitar. Regular bends, Bend release, Pre-bend, Bend Release Pull-off (aka BRP), and the over bend. Furthermore I would highly recommend putting on a backing track and improvising solos with each kind of bend.
That’s without a doubt the best way to truly learn each style of string bending. They all have something different to offer, and you will have a ton of fun experimenting with these over a backing track. Happy practicing!
Download the free lesson PDF – tabs/chords here:
Bending Strings Lessons and Easy Guitar Licks For Beginners Electric
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Bending Strings and Classic Licks
4:45 Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd (Regular Bend)
12:20 Bloody Well Right – Supertramp (Release Bend)
17:00 Shine On You Crazy Diamond – Pink Floyd (Pre-Bend)
22:40 Funk 49 – James Gang (Bend Release Pull-Off)
25:10 I Can’t Quit You Baby – Led Zeppelin (Over bend)
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Will & Mike B w/ Campfire Guitar Star
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