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Watch the Bend It Like Freddie online guitar lesson by Richard Van Bergen from 50 Down Home Blues Licks You MUST Know

Freddie King was a big man with big hands. His bends are agressive and expressive! When you check out videos of his concerts you can see him shake his whole body when he plays them. And of course his playing was at least equalled by his singing! With bluesmen like Freddie, singing and playing almost becomes one, because there’s a big resemblance in phrasing, timing and vibrato. Bending the strings will make the guitar wail like a human voice. This lick in D is all about bending. We're playing in a slow 6/8 rhythm.