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String Bending Lesson 1

 

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This is the first lesson in a tutorial called "String Bending". This first position works with a C chord, and you're bending the 2nd string up a whole step.

Put your ring finger in the 3rd fret on the 2nd string, and your middle finger in the 2nd fret. Use your index finger to block the other strings, and you can also put your pinky in the 3rd fret on the 1st string. Bend the 2nd string in the 3rd fret, from the D note to sound like the E note in the 5th fret.

The note in the 3rd fret on the 2nd string is a D note, which is the 2nd note in the C major scale. Here you're bending the 2nd note up to the 3rd note in the scale, which in this case is an E. You can do this with a pick, or with your fingers.

Play the 2nd string with a pick, or your fingers, and then bend it. Release the bend, but don't play the string again until you go back to the C note in the 1st fret.

If you find it difficult to bend the 2nd string in the 3rd fret at first, go to String Bending Lesson 3 in this tutorial. Work on that one until you get used to bending, and then come back to this one. The only thing changing in these lessons is the position on the fret board, you're using the same technique in all of them.

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