Dansm's Guitar Techniques

Help With Bends

The bend is the most versatile and useful technique available to guitarists. However, it is also the most difficult. It can sometimes be hard to push the strings enough to bend them up 1 or even 1/2 step. The first thing to make sure is that you are using a finger that has enough strength to bend the string. At first, try all bends with your ring finger, because you can put all the force of your hand behind it. Your fingers will also get stronger as you keep bending, so the more you try, the better it will get. Another way to make strings easier to bend is to stretch them out a little. Try tuning your strings up slightly and leaving your guitar overnight. Do not tune them too high or you will break strings or damage the guitar. Perhaps a 1/16 turn on your tuning pegs will be sufficient. Make sure to detune them in the morning. You will also stretch strings out by bending notes, so you should notice bending getting easier as you bend the strings more.
Try these hints and bending should get easier. Remember that the more you do it, the better it gets, so keep trying! Good luck!
Back to Bends

You are visitor number since 8-30-97
1997 Daniel E. Smith. Last updated 9-3-97