lesson 3-06: String Bends

String bending is an essential technique in all styles of guitar, except possibly, jazz.

These bending examples are taken from the A blues scale. It is essential that you learn this scale before attempting the lesson, see the Scales section (the blues scale).

To start with, bending in tune is difficult to master. The most common bends are semi-tone bends (one fret) and tone bends (two frets). This lesson focuses on those two bends.

Follow the advice on the PDF and video. When you have mastered the two bends, practice the at all frets, as the pressure you need to apply to the bends varies at different frets.

Make sure you use 3 fingers on the same string to support and control the bend when you first start using this technique.