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Bending the 3rd String: Part 2

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This is a few more tips on bending the 3rd string, to make it a little easier for you to do. As I said in String Bending, all great guitar players bend strings. This useful technique has been heard on country recordings, and in other genres as well. James Burton, Roy Nichols, Brent Mason, Danny Gatton, Albert Lee, Vince Gill, and many of today's great players do a lot of string bending in their solos.

This technique will require practice to get it right, and it may take some time to get used to bending the string without overbending, or underbending. You will have to learn where that sweet spot is, so your bends will be consistent. All of the bends in this tutorial are whole step bends, and are all played the same way.

You can use different fingers to bend the string with, depending on what you're doing after the bend. Here I used the middle finger first, and then the ring finger to bend the string.

The first tip is using the middle finger to bend, and I showed how I use the index finger in the fret before to block the strings. Just lay your idex finger across the bottom 4 strings, to take care of those unwanted notes. It just gives the bend a clear sound, without other strings ringing out because you touched them with a nail, or a finger, or something like that.

I'm also using the ring finger in the 6th fret, which can give you more control over the bend. It actually gives you something to push against, and you'll be able to push the bent string up to pitch,

Next I'm bending with the ring finger, and here you use the pinky in the 6th fret on the 2nd string.

I also put the middle finger in the fret before, which can give you more power, and control over the bend.

I still have the index finger across the strings in the third fret, to block any unwanted notes.

The last thing I'm doing is a cool hybrid picking lick, that I use quite often. In this one I still have the index finger in the third fret, but it's only on the 1st string.

I'm bending the 3rd string up a whole step in the 5th fret, and holding the bend in both positions.

I'm pulling up on the 2nd, and 3rd string with my fingers, but you can use the pick with a downstroke.

For the lessons in this tutorial, I'm using the middle finger to bend the string. We will be covering different positions using this method, and the chords they work with. In Bending The 3rd String we were bending the 2nd note up to the 3rd. In this one we'll be bending the 4th note of the scale up to the 5th note.

The first 4 lessons I used the pick with a downstroke on the 3rd and 2nd string. In the next 4 I used my fingers to pull up on the 2nd and 3rd string. You can keep on using the pick, but I hope you at least try it with the fingers.

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