Lead Guitar Techniques for Beginners: Bendings


For the readers of the GuitarSite.com newsletter I renewed and improved
the "Lead Guitar" Lessons from www.blueslessons.net to make a little
guitar course about "Lead guitar techniques for beginners".

This course consists of eight lessons:

01 Bendings
02 Hammer-On-Pull-Off
03 Slides.txt
04 Vibratos
05 Palm muting
06 Double Stops
07 Arpeggios
08 The Legato Technique

On blueslessons.net you can find midi and GuitarPro files
with exercises for each lesson or download the lessons as

Okay, enough talk, let´s get to the first lesson.
Have fun!


by Dirk Hagemann

The Bending is one of the main techniques in every guitar play. It s
used in nearly every song and you can hear it everywhere! With a
bending it s possible to raise the note a semitone or a whole-tone.
But you have to practise a little bit to get a clear, good bending.
You can support the finger which makes the bending with your other
fingers to get a good bend. E.g. if you pull a string upward with
your middle finger, can support him with the ring and the small finger!

Different Bendings:

With the "normal" Bending you simply a hit a note and during the sound
of the note, you begin to bend the string up- or downwards to reach
another note.

Pre-bends: Here you pull up the string, before you hit the string. That
means that you only hear the bended note.

Release-Bend: Here you play a normal bend, but during the sound of the
bended note, you slowly let the string get back into the normal
position without interrupting the sound!

Practise 1 - Half-tone-Bending: We want to bend the G-string on the 7th
fret a half-tone higher.

To know how the sound of the destination note sounds, you hit the
G-string on the 8th fret. Listen to the tone. Then bend the the
G-string on the 7th fret until you hear the sound of the note you
heard before!

Practise 2 - Whole-tone-Bending: Now we bend a string a whole-tone.
Hit the G-String on the 9th fret and listen to the sound of the note.
Then you bend the same string on the 7th fret until you hear the same
note again that you heard before.

Practise 3 - Bend-and-Release: Play a bend like you ve done in Practise
1 or 2 but let the string get back into normal position without
interrupting the sound

   Practise 1  Practise 2  Practise 3

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thanx for this,

i'd just like to note that bending is a very important element in my opinion,

so i would make this lesson is little more extensive - there's alot one can

do with bending and lots of different styles...

anyway, it's good for beginners - thanx again!

Thanks a lot for the improvement and that you don't stop thinking about such guys whose playing is not perfect yet :!:

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