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Watch the Straight Rock Blues online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Blues Guitar Survival Guide - Lead

There is a lot going on here so take it slowly. The main take home is the bend aspect, I am using a lot of half step bends to articulate the chord tones. I really love these because we can get a great bluesy sound by working on the notes in between. Very often in the blues we will stay a little shy of the natural 3rd when bending up to it. Why? Well it sounds bluesier, it's that rub the bend creates that gives the note the soul we are looking for. If we fret the natural 3rd, it will sound great but bright. So it becomes a matter of choice, so if your choice is bluesy use the bend.