Bending notes

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  1. PSolera

    PSolera Blues Newbie

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    I'm struggling with bending notes without ringing the string or even three strings above. Muting them with my right palm doesn't always seem to work since I end up muting the note I'm trying to play. Any advice or tips?!
     
  2. ChrisGSP

    ChrisGSP Blues Journeyman

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    I can only suggest that you keep practicing - from my experience, your brain and hands will work on co-operating to eliminate the spurious sounds. I've been working on bends for about 4 months, taking Griff's advice about palm-muting etc into mind, and I've been getting better and better at eliminating those noises without actually thinking about it too much. My big problem is getting the bends to the correct pitch.
    During that period of time, my fret-hand has been getting stronger all the time, and now that I'm able to bend the string(s) more easily it's all getting less noisy. So I guess building up the strength of the hand and fingers also helps a lot.
     
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  3. PSolera

    PSolera Blues Newbie

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    Thanks Chris. Griff makes it look so easy!
     
  4. Silicon Valley Tom

    Silicon Valley Tom It makes me happpy to play The Blues!

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    Try some YouTube examples. Here is one:





    Next, look into Vibrato! :)

    Tom
     
  5. PSolera

    PSolera Blues Newbie

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    Thanks so much Tom!
     
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  6. JffKnt

    JffKnt Blues Newbie

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    I like Justin from Justin Guitar. He's pretty good.
     
  7. Elio

    Elio Student Of The Blues

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    Here's a video from a few years back that Griff did with Mary Schwartz. For what it's worth, it does start to come naturally after a while.

     
  8. JohnHurley

    JohnHurley Rock and Roll

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    It gets a bit easier every couple hundred more that you do!
     
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