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Watch the Half-Bender online guitar lesson by Neil Zaza from 50 Melodic Rock Licks You MUST Know

While in the world of bend and stretches the whole step bend reigns king, in my world I see the half step stretch as the most powerful melodic tool there is. You can invoke a sense of yearning, longing and tension that cannot be duplicated by any other means. Want to really tug at the listener? Trust me, use a half step bend. In this particular lick there is a ton to pay attention to melodically. We start the riff by tracing the major chord and letting the tones ring into each other. Next up are some double stops that add emotional stabs to the chorus. And now, the payoff - the half step stretch that sustains over a full measure! Brutal melodicism! As with any stretch, really be aware of what note you are aiming for with your stretch so that your ear can "match" when you reach that pitch. In tune stretches are your greatest weapon, Grasshopper.