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Watch the Around The Bend online guitar lesson by Corey Congilio from 30 Beginner Blues Guitar Licks You MUST Know

Bends are extremely important in all guitar playing, focusing on whole step bends in this course. When using whole step bends, we push (or pull) the string in one direction from one fret to achieve a note one whole step or two frets higher. At first, bends are like weight lifting for your fingers, it's going to be painful and your fingers will be sore. You must endure the pain to achieve bending pleasure! Don't give up.

If you have to, use a light string gauge to make the bending easier. There's no harm in using light "weights" at first. Your fingers and callouses will get stronger, I promise. Now get to bending!