How do I bend?


icebreaker1588
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icebreaker1588
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03/26/2015 8:48 am
So along with playing guitar to learn I also spend a lot of time watching and listening.

When I bend a string/note i tend to always use only the finger I have on that specific note to bend.

A few times after watching other people play on videos I've seen that most people use 2-3 fingers to bend.

There's obviously more than one way to go about doing something on a guitar, but is there a flaw in my technique here? Should I go back and retrain myself to be using multiple fingers most of the time when bending?
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ChristopherSchlegel
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ChristopherSchlegel
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03/26/2015 2:17 pm
Originally Posted by: icebreaker1588When I bend a string/note i tend to always use only the finger I have on that specific note to bend.

A few times after watching other people play on videos I've seen that most people use 2-3 fingers to bend.

Certain bends are fine to do with your index finger. Or with whatever finger is convenient. But quite often the best way to maintain control & hit the target pitch is to use more than one finger for strength & leverage.

Check out these lessons on how to learn & improve this technique.

https://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=14081
https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1589
https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1721
https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=754
https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1614

Hope this helps!
Christopher Schlegel
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Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory
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icebreaker1588
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icebreaker1588
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03/26/2015 10:45 pm
Lessons on point :cool:

I'll have to adjust my style a bit and make use of more of my fingers for it. Thanks again!


Edit:

Haha that first link helped a ton. my fingers are actually sore now! I was gettin' into that groove man!
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Frizzy Totay
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Frizzy Totay
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03/29/2015 12:54 am
I like Christopher, but here's always time for Guthrie:

https://youtu.be/KWWvTIKg3Vo

Bendy!!!!
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