Acoustic guitar bending

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  1. Paolo

    Paolo Blues Newbie

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    Hi all ... I find pretty hard bending on my acoustic guitar. I’m using d’addario n8. Any suggestion on the type chords to be used?
    Happy blues to everybody
     
  2. PapaBear

    PapaBear Guit Fiddlier

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    Bending on an acoustic is just plain tough and will take lots of building up finger strength, short term you could try simply sliding up to the note.
     
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  3. Norfolk Bill

    Norfolk Bill norfolk uk, just knoodling along

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    what chords to use? how do you mean?

    back to bending,,,several choices,,,easiest and cheapest drop down to Eb tuning

    buy thinner gauge strings,,i actually use 9's on mine

    suck it up and strengthen your fingers by keeping going with whatever you have on their,,,i know what i do see point 2 lol :)
     
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  4. MarkDyson

    MarkDyson Blues Hound Wannabe

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    Like Bill Said: one idea is to use lighter strings. There's a really nice Earthwood "silk and steel" style that's in 10s that sounds good and is much easier on the fingers than 11s+.
     
  5. JPsuff

    JPsuff Student Of The Blues

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    David Gilmour made a career of sliding up to the note.

    Mid-neck or 1&2- string bends are relatively easy. But thicker string bends close to the nut are almost impossible and sliding up makes things much easier.
     
  6. Paolo

    Paolo Blues Newbie

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    Thanks guys I’ll go with nr9 and keep strengthening my fingers.... bit of pain will be good for my blues
     
  7. sdbrit68

    sdbrit68 Student Of The Blues

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    wasnt it @Griff who said

    "How do you do bends on an acoustic, buy an electric "......lol

    When I play the acoustic I dont even try a full bend, just a little nudge to add some spice in the playing