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Watch the Lesson 10 online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Fingerstyle Blues Handbook 1

While we're mostly using slides instead of bends, this lesson introduces a very characteristic country blues sound, the quarter-step bend. In measures one and three, you're bending G, or the minor third of the E minor pentatonic scale, up a quarter step. Bending a half-step bend to G#, the major third, would sound too bright, too "correct," while just leaving the note to sit on the minor third would sound too minor, too flat. Goosing the note halfway to G# seems to sounds just right. >> Reference Source: Collings Guitars (