Nails catching on other strings when i bend

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William MG

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Good day!

I am learning a song at the moment which requires bending. Bending is a new skill I am learning. I am finding my nails catch on other strings, which is very annoying.

I know that diligent practice will eventually correct this, but for now while I study this song, if anyone has any tips on what you do to prevent nails from catching on other strings, I would be interested in hearing them. For instance, I do have success when I place the string on the wick of my finger nail, but wow does this introduce a totally new pain sensation! Surely nobody does that. But maybe you do and have toughend up your fingers at that particular point. And to be clear, I am talking of placing the string between the nail itself and the finger. Litterally on the wick.

I have made a video clearly showing the aweful sound of nail on string

Vid

Repertoire:

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Made Easy)

Link to the lesson here - very good for a beginner

Wild Horses (Made Easy)

Link to lesson here

Highway To Hell

Link to lesson here

Honky Tonk Women (Made Easy)

Lesson here - very easy for beginners

Breaking the Law - fun, fast paced song.

Lesson here

Honky Tonk Women - (Not Made Easy!) I will lick this song someday

Lesson here

#1

Good day!

I am learning a song at the moment which requires bending. Bending is a new skill I am learning. I am finding my nails catch on other strings, which is very annoying.

I know that diligent practice will eventually correct this, but for now while I study this song, if anyone has any tips on what you do to prevent nails from catching on other strings, I would be interested in hearing them. For instance, I do have success when I place the string on the wick of my finger nail, but wow does this introduce a totally new pain sensation! Surely nobody does that. But maybe you do and have toughend up your fingers at that particular point. And to be clear, I am talking of placing the string between the nail itself and the finger. Litterally on the wick.

I have made a video clearly showing the aweful sound of nail on string

Vid

Repertoire:

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Made Easy)

Link to the lesson here - very good for a beginner

Wild Horses (Made Easy)

Link to lesson here

Highway To Hell

Link to lesson here

Honky Tonk Women (Made Easy)

Lesson here - very easy for beginners

Breaking the Law - fun, fast paced song.

Lesson here

Honky Tonk Women - (Not Made Easy!) I will lick this song someday

Lesson here

manXcat

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IME I suspect that a normal encounter learning to bend William MG.

IDK definitively how others nuance it, but watching vids from various sources, observation, thought and experimentation after similar frustrations some time ago learning my first bends of George's melodic solo lick from "You're Gonna Lose That Girl" as transcribed to tab for me by Christopher in another thread, here's the trial and error solution to get around a similar problem which worked, and unless or until I find a better way currently works most effectively and comfortably for me. Caveat as always, OMMV.

Problem I encountered. Adjacent strings above those bent being touched and sounding inadvertantly by the tips &/or nails, exacerbated if high gain is involved.

Solution.

1. Use two fingers to bend large, protracted bends, or repeated bends. Second and third fingers recommended. See exceptions in 3 below.

2. I place the second consciously to support the third simultaneously extending it to mute the adjacent string above. The third does the actual bending but in concert with two. Concurrently, through observational awareness initially driving intentional placement, I position the second finger in particular at an angle A. so the nail can't catch, and B the tip doesn't really protrude far enough from the string it's muting to do so in the bend extension. I had to focus consciously to effect this initially, but it's since become subliminally instinctive through repetition over time. Whether it's a bad habit or 'wrong' technique like how I don't use the two finger death grip to hold my pick, after significant experimentation I found the technique I described above works consistently, reliably and most comfortably to land and manipulate bends to tone for me.

3. Single quarter note (?) bends as occur in that lick. I use a single finger, third and first respectively. I could and have used third and second for the last D flat quarter note bend, but through experimentation found first better facilitates it and the subsequent fingering of the B note for me.

Might be something in there for you to mull over and experiment with. I don't apply any discernible excessive pressure to the nailbed quick that I am painfully cognizant of. GL with it.

.

"Life is just a bowl of cherries ...."

#2

IME I suspect that a normal encounter learning to bend William MG.

IDK definitively how others nuance it, but watching vids from various sources, observation, thought and experimentation after similar frustrations some time ago learning my first bends of George's melodic solo lick from "You're Gonna Lose That Girl" as transcribed to tab for me by Christopher in another thread, here's the trial and error solution to get around a similar problem which worked, and unless or until I find a better way currently works most effectively and comfortably for me. Caveat as always, OMMV.

Problem I encountered. Adjacent strings above those bent being touched and sounding inadvertantly by the tips &/or nails, exacerbated if high gain is involved.

Solution.

1. Use two fingers to bend large, protracted bends, or repeated bends. Second and third fingers recommended. See exceptions in 3 below.

2. I place the second consciously to support the third simultaneously extending it to mute the adjacent string above. The third does the actual bending but in concert with two. Concurrently, through observational awareness initially driving intentional placement, I position the second finger in particular at an angle A. so the nail can't catch, and B the tip doesn't really protrude far enough from the string it's muting to do so in the bend extension. I had to focus consciously to effect this initially, but it's since become subliminally instinctive through repetition over time. Whether it's a bad habit or 'wrong' technique like how I don't use the two finger death grip to hold my pick, after significant experimentation I found the technique I described above works consistently, reliably and most comfortably to land and manipulate bends to tone for me.

3. Single quarter note (?) bends as occur in that lick. I use a single finger, third and first respectively. I could and have used third and second for the last D flat quarter note bend, but through experimentation found first better facilitates it and the subsequent fingering of the B note for me.

Might be something in there for you to mull over and experiment with. I don't apply any discernible excessive pressure to the nailbed quick that I am painfully cognizant of. GL with it.

.

"Life is just a bowl of cherries ...."

fuzzb0x

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Joined: 04/02/13

Posts: 368

Originally Posted by: William

Good day!

I am learning a song at the moment which requires bending. Bending is a new skill I am learning. I am finding my nails catch on other strings, which is very annoying.

I know that diligent practice will eventually correct this, but for now while I study this song, if anyone has any tips on what you do to prevent nails from catching on other strings, I would be interested in hearing them. For instance, I do have success when I place the string on the wick of my finger nail, but wow does this introduce a totally new pain sensation! Surely nobody does that. But maybe you do and have toughend up your fingers at that particular point. And to be clear, I am talking of placing the string between the nail itself and the finger. Litterally on the wick.

I have made a video clearly showing the aweful sound of nail on string

Vid

There's a few good tutorials about string bend techniques on here, try these to get started with

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=628

And

https://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=21449&s_id=1721

#3

Originally Posted by: William

Good day!

I am learning a song at the moment which requires bending. Bending is a new skill I am learning. I am finding my nails catch on other strings, which is very annoying.

I know that diligent practice will eventually correct this, but for now while I study this song, if anyone has any tips on what you do to prevent nails from catching on other strings, I would be interested in hearing them. For instance, I do have success when I place the string on the wick of my finger nail, but wow does this introduce a totally new pain sensation! Surely nobody does that. But maybe you do and have toughend up your fingers at that particular point. And to be clear, I am talking of placing the string between the nail itself and the finger. Litterally on the wick.

I have made a video clearly showing the aweful sound of nail on string

Vid

There's a few good tutorials about string bend techniques on here, try these to get started with

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=628

And

https://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=21449&s_id=1721

William MG

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Joined: 03/08/19

Posts: 263

Thank you very much for the responses manX and fuzzbox.

This morning's practice went much better after a review of your input

Better bends

Repertoire:

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Made Easy)

Link to the lesson here - very good for a beginner

Wild Horses (Made Easy)

Link to lesson here

Highway To Hell

Link to lesson here

Honky Tonk Women (Made Easy)

Lesson here - very easy for beginners

Breaking the Law - fun, fast paced song.

Lesson here

Honky Tonk Women - (Not Made Easy!) I will lick this song someday

Lesson here

#4

Thank you very much for the responses manX and fuzzbox.

This morning's practice went much better after a review of your input

Better bends

Repertoire:

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Made Easy)

Link to the lesson here - very good for a beginner

Wild Horses (Made Easy)

Link to lesson here

Highway To Hell

Link to lesson here

Honky Tonk Women (Made Easy)

Lesson here - very easy for beginners

Breaking the Law - fun, fast paced song.

Lesson here

Honky Tonk Women - (Not Made Easy!) I will lick this song someday

Lesson here