Bending / Vibrato
The audio files on this page are to be played along to the Bending/Vibrato pdf given during your lesson. A few things to remember when bending.
- Bends are one of the techniques that are unique to the guitar. They are one of the most influential attributes a guitarist can develop.
- There are 2 main types of Bends:
- Whole Step Bends(Distance of 2 Frets)
- Half Step Bends (Distance of 1 Fret)
- Bend using either your Ring finger or Pinky.
- t is MUCH more difficult to bend with your pointer or middle finger, especially on these exercises.
- When using your ring finger to bend, you need to also use your pointer and middle fingers as extra support & strength for the bend. DO NOT USE ONLY ONE FINGER TO BEND (EVER)
- When using your pinky to bend, you need to also use your pointer, middle & ring finger as extra support & strength for the bend.
- Grip the neck of the guitar like its a bat, let your thumb really grab it.
- Use your wrist to make a turning motion (like opening a door knob) in order to push the strings up. Don't use all finger strength, it is a combination of turning the wrist and pushing with the fingers.
- Remember to try and apply vibrato where possible.
- Release your bends or hold them where necessary.
- Use your ear to hear where the bend is, identify when it is incorrect and fix it!
Bend #1 - Whole Step Bends
Bend #2 - Half Step Bends
Bend #3 - Phrase 1
Bend #4 - Phrase 2
This exercise has 3 tempos because it is much more difficult than the previous ones. Start slow at 60 bpm and work your way up to 80bpm.