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Bending technique help

#21 User is offline   Roach 

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 11:34 AM

View PostMichaelT, on 28 July 2017 - 12:18 PM, said:

I have 9's on all my electric guitars and I think the tone is pretty good but that's just my opinion. My two newest Les Pauls came with 10's and I put 9's on them after a few hours and I couldn't tell much of a difference. Then again, I spent years standing in front of a full stack so my ears may not be what they once were. You can always swap them out and swap back. It won't hurt anything.

I have diabetes type 2 as well and it certainly makes things more challenging. A hand/finger exerciser might help you with finger strength.

It still seems to me that you're pushing into the fretboard really hard and pushing the string really hard. I've never seen that much fret wear in such a short period of time in such a smallish area. I'd be interested to know what other guitarists think of how you're bending the strings and whether or not you're hitting the right note on your bends. Let us know if we can be of any more assistance.

Here's some examples, the first being BB King:

https://www.youtube....h?v=vg7ugDja1fA - can't go wrong with a BB King guitar lesson.
https://www.guitarle...guitar-strings/ - teaches how to bend to a proper tone.
https://www.justingu...ringBending.php - another good lesson as well.

These are just a few examples to compare how you do it vs. how others do it. One of the things they talk about is using another finger to assist with your bends. I find that my bends are typically single finger bends, using a bit of a wrist pivot and finger strength. Good luck!


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 12:49 PM

View PostRoach, on 07 August 2017 - 11:34 AM, said:

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My pleasure, Roach. I taught guitar for about 9 1/2 years and it definitely feels good to hear when I've been of some assistance to a fellow guitarist. I saw your comment and responded. I appreciate it. Good luck and I'm definitely looking forward to hearing how this all turns out for you.
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