Watch the Albert King Style Bends online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Blues Guitar Survival Guide - Lead

Albert King is certainly one of the most influential blues guitar players of all time. One of the most interesting aspects of his playing was his bending. Guitar players have been killing themselves for years to cop his sound, I am one of them! Here is an often overlooked fact as to why his bends are so difficult to most players, he played lefty and left to strings on righty. So his high E string was closest to the ceiling. So when he bent that high E a major 3rd he was pulling DOWNWARDS where we have much more strength. He also wasn't pulling his nail away from his finger so he avoided that painful side effect that us normal strung players suffer through. My saving grace, Crazy Glue. I keep a bottle in my gig bag. It was initially invented in WWI to help patch wounds. So if I cut my finger or pull the nail away, a little dab will do ya! BTW make sure not to glue your fingers together.... I have done this more than once.